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Comic Riffs: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

The Bush Buh-Bye: End of One Comedic Era (Pt. 3)

As President Bush two-steps off to Texas, he continues to take jobs with him. (Richard Thompson)Enlarge Comic Last fall, Berkeley Breathed made good on his decision that Opus should time his last waddle-into-the-sunset to Bush's exit. Similarly, David Rees determined...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 16, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Caroline Kennedy: Running for U.S. Comics...

Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have previously been chosen to be featured in laudatory bio-comic books that look positively at their lives. Now, Bluewater Productions announces its latest candidate to make the grade: Enlarge Comic Caroline Kennedy. She...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 16, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Morning Line: Mother Goose & Riffy

Morning, Cartoon Nation... So, if my name's Mike Peters, I've gotta figure I had a pretty darned good week. Let us count the ways: 1. The Columbia coffee farmers' federation (representing more a half-million growers) -- so miffed last week...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cartoonists Bemoan the Bush Buh-Bye (Part 2)

For nearly all of this young century, political cartoonists on both sides of the aisle have been able to agree on one thing: President Bush has been very, very good to them. When one world leader gives so much --...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 15, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Morning Line: Vote for Obama's (Other) Cabinet

Morning, Cartoon Nation... You're president-elect, about to become leader of the free world. You've got full and complete superpower over whom you pick to fill your Cabinet. There's just one catch: You must fill every position will cartoon characters. This...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Do "Zombie Comics" Have a Reason to Live On?

It's a riddle wrapped in an enigma trapped inside a coffin. A syndicated cartoonist, speaking recently to Comic Riffs, was mourning the lack of fresh blood in the funnies. "Corpse comics," the cartoonist called those strips whose original creators died...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 14, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  The Charts , The Morning Line  
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Obama the Comic Superstar: Stan Lee Explains All...

It's been an eventful year for Spider-Man -- and it's still January. Enlarge Comic Today, Marvel Comics releases a coveted inauguration-edition of the "Spider-Man" comic book (No. 583), in which Spidey gets a dap from President-elect Obama. Yep, two youthful-looking,...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , Superheroes  
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Obama's Cabinet: Which Characters Would You Nominate?

Stan Lee -- comics legend and quick-wit extraordinaire -- did not miss a beat. I was talking with Mr. Lee this week about "Spider-Man" (look for the full interview with him in this space tomorrow) and he mentioned his reaction...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 13, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Our Inaugural 'Manhood Chart': Four Characters Square Off

Morning, Cartoon Nation... On the matter of one Ted Forth -- yes, the one and the same Ted Forth I constantly, endearingly call "Lady Hands" in this space -- I find myself in wholehearted agreement with a certain die-hard comics...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 13, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Morning Line: Laughing in the Face of History...

Morning, Cartoon Nation... All too often in pop culture, the images of iconic figures are resurrected for low and sullied and -- here's the real crime -- uninspired motives. The mind turns to a swingin' Audrey Hepburn shilling The Gap...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 12, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What Will You Miss About Bush? Top Cartoonists Tell Us

With Inauguration Day almost upon us, and President Bush moseying slowly toward the Crawford sunset, Comic Riffs posed one simple question to a dozen of the nation's leading political cartoonists: "What will you most miss about President George W. Bush?"...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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