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Comic Riffs: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Miffys for 'Tank McNamara' and 'Curtis'

Morning, Cartoon Nation... One summer, while teaching a course in cartooning to teens, I found myself repeatedly emphasizing two recommendations: 1. Keep the writing tight. 2. Keep your characters' reactions authentic and true. If you can't do that, you'll never...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 30, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Who Best Captures Blagojevich's Hair?

Draw exaggerated faces long enough, and you also draw fire. That's one of the first lessons the professional caricaturist learns. I know that from creating thousands of syndicated caricatures and cartoons over the years, I've also drawn countless complaints....

By Michael Cavna  |  January 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Interview: 'Dilbert' Creator Scott Adams

For many of his readers, it's easy to view cartoonist SCOTT ADAMS as a former real-life avatar of his oppressed officeworker, Dilbert. But chat with Adams for even a short time and you observe why Adams was able to leave...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 29, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What Comic Do You Read Despite Yourself?

I'm relieved, somehow, to learn that it's not just me. Others suffer the same compulsion. I'm chatting with colleague Henry Allen about comics -- or more specifically, about how we READ comics. What we gravitate toward, what we avoid (if...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 29, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Is Obama a Comic Flip-Flopper?

Blogger Michael Cavna wonders if President Obama is flip-flopping ... on his choice in cartoons. Plus, predictions on the Cardinals-Steelers Super Bowl showdown.

By Michael Cavna  |  January 28, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Read Obama's Lips: Cartoonists Deal in Bizarre Caricature

I've tried to keep my lips sealed for some weeks now, hoping the whole nasty matter would correct itself. Unfortunately, since the Inauguration, it only seems to be getting worse. So now, my own gums must flap to flag a...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Poll: What's the Funniest Comic Around?

What's the funniest strip going these days? (Creators)Enlarge Comic Thanks to you all, 'Riffs has received more than 100 suggestions since last week. Now, it's time to start whittling 'em down. Sure, "funny" is as subjective as a "Judge Parker"...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 27, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Burning Question: Is 'Zits' Painting in the Off-Color?

Time to play, stump the band. (KFS) Enlarge Comic Morning, Cartoon Nation... So for nearly 24 hours, I've asked the same Burning Question of colleagues and friends, male and female. Now, because we've come to know each other so well,...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 27, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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What Caption Would You Create? Help-A-Cartoonist

Morning, Cartoon Nation... It's been seven years and, upon reflection, I'm still not satisfied. (Michael Cavna) Enlarge Comic Recently, I pulled this "Warped" cartoon out of a fat batch of originals and, re-reading, realized I hadn't nailed it. The art...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 26, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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If Dilbert Can Become a Billboard, Why Not Dagwood Too?

Back when publishing titan William Randolph "Does Yellow Make My Wallet Look Fat?" Hearst was going all Citizen Kane on his many minions, he used to order his comic-strip cartoonists to plug products in their Sunday funnies. Hearst owned the...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 26, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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