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Comic Riffs: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

Self-Deprecating Comics: The Blogger's Worst Nightmare

Morning, Cartoon Nation... We begin today with a supersized, ten-point Miffy Award, suitable for wall mounting. And a large-type plaque that reads simply: "Mark Trail." That's because Everybody's Favorite Stilted Nature Strip has crossed a line we cannot abide. The...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 23, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  General  
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Obama Talk: 'Boondocks' Creator Disgusted With 'Gutter News'

It's enough to cause Aaron McGruder to consider going silent. At least when he's amid the media. Aaron McGruder (AP/Sony)Enlarge Comic "I don't have much of a stomach for this kind of thing anymore," the creator of "The Boondocks" tells...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 23, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  General , Interviews With Cartoonists  
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What Is the Single Funniest Comic Today? (*No Retirees)

"You write about comics?" asked the 30ish guy, somewhat intrigued. "I used to read the comics all the time, but I don't find 'em so funny anymore." "What was the last comic that you did find funny, " I asked....

By Michael Cavna  |  January 22, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  The Riffs  
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When Political Cartoon Ideas Seem to All Look Alike

It's the risk you run often as a political cartoonist: Your craft relies on invoking and exploiting common symbols. Images laced with inherent power, poignancy or relevance. Yet when so many cartoonists are playing the same symbols, how do you...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 22, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Will Batman Capture His Oscar Nod?

Comic Riffs launched last summer with our sights excitedly set on one particular movie release: "The Dark Knight." And in the inaugural 'Riffs poll, more than 5,000 of you predicted (most of you correctly) what "Dark Knight's" opening-weekend box office...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 21, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Superheroes  
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Aaron McGruder Hardly Hopeful About 'Non-Black' Obama

Obama fever may have spread across much of the land, but Aaron McGruder isn't prone to such feel-good political contagion. Aaron McGruderEnlarge Comic On the day before the Inauguration, "The Boondocks" creator gave a Martin Luther King speech at Earlham...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 21, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Inaugural Sketchbook: Scenes From Obama's Mall

Wit took on a different air in Washington on Tuesday. When a mass of more than a million people is sharing a sense of uplift -- reveling in a rolling lovefest, actually -- the moment's unjaundiced humor can take a...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Morning Line , The Sketchbook  
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In Time for the Inaugural: View New Obama Portrait

As President Barack Obama strides to the high podium of history today, poised to deliver his brand of soaring oratory, there's one thing we can be nearly certain of about his speech: Most of the words to be heard will...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Drawing Comparisons: The Art of Obama

In keeping with today's theme -- that is, the very face of the inaugural -- Comic Riffs shares several Obama cartoons that caught our eye. DREW FRIEDMAN (The New Yorker)Enlarge Comic First: Last time Obama received such play on a...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 20, 2009; 2:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Inaugural Special: What's Your Favorite Obama Scene?

So many people besides President-elect Obama must industriously prepare for Inauguration Day: Inaugural committee members. Federal and local law enforcement. Entertainment planners. Let's see, we're forgetting someone obvious here, lessee.... OH, yes. The Vaunted Editorial Cartoonists. Come such an occasion,...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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