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Comic Riffs: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

As More Cartoonists Draw Severance, Honor Them While You Can

We're talking with ED STEIN, longtime political cartoonist for the Rocky Mountain News. Make that the dearly departed Rocky Mountain News. After 31 years in his position, Stein learned yesterday that the Denver newspaper would print its final edition today,...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 27, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Interview: Drew Litton of the (RIP) Rocky Mountain News

I was in college, it was 1992, and I was trying to carve out a style, a voice, a tone to my newspaper cartoons. Over many long hours, it often felt like working in a vacuum -- a standup...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 27, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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'Doonesbury's' Ultimate Flashbacks: The Post to Rerun the Reruns

Last October, when "Doonesbury's" Rick Redfern took a buyout from his Washington Post, Comic Riffs wrote an "Appreciation" of our inkstained hero. Today, the real Washington Post hopes good ol' Rick (now a fellow blogger like ourselves) can appreciate an...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 26, 2009; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General  
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Who's Your Cartoonist of the Year? Let the Voting Begin

Your nominees are in, the ballots have been counted and the accountants of PriceWaterhouseWatterson&SparkySchulz are prepared to announce the cartoonists who 'Riffs readers believe are most worthy of the Reuben -- aka cartooning's Oscar. Here are the Ten Contenders for...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 26, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Our Web Addiction? Why, We're Thrilled to Death

Everybody loves a parade, it's said, but consider how much more compelling it becomes when the grand marshal, on life support, is motoring past in an ambulance. Or, if you believe some news reports, in a hearse. Such is my...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 26, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morning Funnies: The Rapid Rundown

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Quick, unfiltered takes on the morning's funnies: All week, something about ZITS -- and Jeremy's attraction to his tutor -- has unnerved me. At last, gazing at the strips, I've put my finger on it: Under all...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 25, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mark Trail: One-Man Stimulus Plan

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Every so often, the planets align, the cosmic tumblers click into place and "Mark Trail"-- all all too commonly misunderstood as mere bizarro-perspective stilted-dialogue strip about a suspiciously chaste eco-photojournalist -- pauses to allow a rare, raw...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 24, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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An Open Letter to NY Post Cartoonist: Time to Do the Right Thing

As an artist who myself, when under fire, has reflexively assumed the Official Editorial Cartoonist's Defensive Crouch, I feel compelled to reach out to the New York Post's controversial political cartoonist to advise -- nay, implore -- him with seven...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 24, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Lessons of a Fiery--and Fired--Cartoonist

As some call for the head of New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas, insisting that he never work in that town again -- much less anywhere, amid the paper's "partial apology"-- it's intriguing to step back to think of hard-hitting...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 23, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Vote: Who Deserves Cartooning's Oscar?

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Early every year, my ballot would arrive in the mail. And each time, for several years running, I would write in my vote for the cartoonist-of-the-year: Namely, several of my boyhood cartooning idols from "MAD" magazine. From...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 23, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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