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Comic Riffs: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

The 'Best' Editorial Cartoons of the Week

Back when Barack, Joe, John and Sarah were all making daily headlines and punchlines, any newspaper political cartoonist worth his or her ink-stained assaults could attract at least a warm corner of the spotlight. Since the inauguration, though, with the...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 13, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Five Burning Questions: Take the Official 'Riffs Quiz

Morning, Cartoon Nation... So many head-scratching characters, so many unanswered puzzlers. Each and every day, if you're reading carefully, the comics seem to raise as many quirky questions as they answer. So today, 'Riffs will wade into these choppy waters...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 13, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Now Polling: What Gets Your Vote for Best Art?

Enlarge Comic Time once again, folks, for my favorite interactive feature: The Wholly Unscientific Comic Riffs Readers' Poll. (*Your legitimate votes may vary.) Several days back, you offered your thoughts on which comic-strip's visual style is the most dazzling....

By Michael Cavna  |  February 12, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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Today's Shopping List: 1. Beer; 2. Death; 3. Comics

As most everyone's father used to say, often with a trace of Wise Paternal Authority: "The only sure things in life are birth, death and taxes." Judging by the comics, though, not even that saying is a certainty. Survey...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 12, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Interview: Comedian/Cartoonist Demetri Martin of Comedy Central

DEMETRI MARTIN, the doodling comedian who debuts his own show tonight on Comedy Central ("Important Things With Demetri Martin"), is not easily defined. In any attempt to fit a description of him on a handbill, you might end up...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 11, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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What's Your Favorite Comic One-Liner?

I'm chatting with Comedy Central comic Demetri Martin about humor and the convo quickly turns to: Artful one-liners. I'm speaking with filmmaker Ken Burns about Mark Twain and the interview rapidly slides toward: Folksy one-liners. I call to catch up...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 11, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Caption Contest News: YOU May Already Be a Winner

With the terribly unscientific balloting looking to be completely on the up-and-up (small favors), Comic Riffs can declare a winner in the first official "Write-Better-Gags-Than-Cavna" Caption Contest. (Michael Cavna) Enlarge Comic The Post jurors culled the field to three finalists,...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Which Webcomic Are You Ready to Rally Behind?

My mission is simple, my agenda is transparent: With your help, Comic Riffs is champing at the bit to champion a great webcomic. Oh, this blog has touted webcomics before, natch, including "Achewood" and "New Adventures of Queen Victoria." But...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 10, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Webcomic  
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Smart Remarks: We Stop to Smell the Bon Mots

We've had so many sharp/provocative/brutally honest/flat-out funny comments in recent days that today, we stop to smell the bon mots. Now, to enjoy a choice sampling of the remarks from you, a fearless band of witty Riffians: Enlarge Comic Look...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 9, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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What Comic Dazzles You With Its Art?

Somedays, when peering at the most visually striking strips, I can't bring myself to immediately read the text. It's not that I anticipate lame dialogue, or don't appreciate that strips are generally best read as a cohesive, coherent whole. No,...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 9, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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