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Comic Riffs: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

The Riffys: Old-Media Picks for a New-Media Site

For this week, we award one big fat collective Riffy to four strips that satirized the current state of affairs in print journalism and the comics industry. Most every comic stripper we talk with these days is feeling the pinch;...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 9, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Morning Line: 'Full Frontal' Language--Ban the 'Boob'?

Morning, Cartoon Nation... The other day, 'Riffs highlighted a coupla "red-flag" words that can rankle comics editors, if not cause the surly beast that is Rabid Reader Fury to rouse, rear its head and spew all manner of foul,...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Morning Line: When Comics Give Us the Come-Hither

Is it just me, or is it getting hot in here? "Other Women" -- lying in wait all over the comics, like lethal tarted-up harlots -- seem to be all the rage (and sometimes literal rage) this month. I must...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Mother Goose & Grimm' vs. Juan Valdez--The Lawsuit

THIS JUST IN: Cartoonist Mike Peters v. Juan Valdez "Mother Goose and Grimm" cartoonist MIKE PETERS is used to getting sued over his political cartoons. What he never anticipated was facing international legal action over a comic strip. Now, though,...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Riff: 'Best of' Lists Can Bring Out the Worst of Instincts

"Top Ten Editorial Cartoons." "Best Editorial Cartoons of '08." "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year." This time of year, the swarm of alleged "best" lists gets so thick as to leave one feeling utterly, well, listless. How many such cartoon...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 7, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Morning Line: When is a Gag Too Old to Be 'Topical'?

John Edwards's presidential aspirations may have died long ago, but his cheatin'-heart shenanigans continue to have one long shelf-life in "Candorville." Which prompts us to ask: What is the life span of campaign controversies as fodder, anyway? Are they eternally,...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 7, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: Today's Topic? YOU Name It.

There are so many comic strips 'Riffs could highlight today. We could muse on how "Non Sequitur" quickly pivots from a "Calvin and Hobbes"-esque parent/kid setup to a grimmer Wiley-ian scenario. We could tread into theology with "Zippy." Or we...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 6, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Interview: 'Brewster Rockit' Cartoonist Tim Rickard

BREWSTER ROCKIT: This week, iBot and Oldbot wage a war we have more than a little interest in. (TMS)Enlarge Comic It is hard not to be charmed by "Brewster Rockit" creator TIM RICKARD, who is chatting by phone from North...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Rant: Introducing a D-Day in the Cause for Comics

Speaking from an extremely self-serving place -- that is, as both cartoonist and writer of features -- I can say with full confidence and honesty: I find today's "Mother Goose and Grimm" to be the funniest cartoon of the year....

By Michael Cavna  |  January 5, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Morning Line: Dixie's Last Dance (RIP, Comic Stripper)

The Psycho Scottsdale Sharpshooting Stripper has died. Long live the queen of cross-hairs and catwalks. Yes, after lo these many weeks, Dixie -- our beloved, wacked-out Dixie -- is no more, gunned down over the weekend in one last, knife-lunging...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 5, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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