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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/26/2009

Who's Your Cartoonist of the Year? Let the Voting Begin

By Michael Cavna

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 cartoonist-of-the-year -- please take a moment to vote for your fave.

The membership of the National Cartoonists Society will nominate their picks for the official Reuben in the months ahead. Till then, you never know which NCS members might pop in, out of curiosity, to see who the Official 'Riffs Reading Public is high on.

So vote away -- and if you'd like to campaign for your pick in the Comments field, the floor is yours.



"Judge Parker" may be drawing panel after panel of attractive, oft-strapless women who have that certain whiff of danger, but for my money, the real subversive surprise comes in today's "Rhymes." What's this now? The formal kissing booth is, now -- as best as several of us presume -- a Wild West brothel, although one that seems to be more like Tombstone's best spa and salon. The real twist, though, is the Horatio Alger -- the man who wrote about dreaming big, yet who had his own dark sexual history. Not only the real twist, but real twisted.


Speaking of the eye-popping "JP," it's about time we figure out whom to cast as April Bower, easily our favorite former CIA linguist. (Meantime, I would cast Kristin Scott Thomas as Katherine, our ever-prominent brunette.)

Hmm. April? Jaime Pressley, perhaps? Or Elisabeth Shue? All suggestions now being accepted.


This is one of those "Tank" strips in which I curse myself for getting suckered into reading to the end. "Manny Being Manny" has become a sports-world cliche as, oh, "Boom Goes the Dynamite!" or "Leather, You're With Me!" Drat. Hoodwinked again.


I mention Spidey only because I can't get that image of Aunt May outta my head. Not because she looks pained, drawn and startled, but because she looks so much like someone else tied to the Spider-Man franchise.

Any guesses?

Yep. Willem Dafoe.

By Michael Cavna  | February 26, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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I just realized why the name Ralph Steadman rings a bell:

It's a pretty darn good wine :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 26, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

As comic strips shrink to the size of postage stamps, Eduardo Barreto has managed to create within that tiny space something resembling an actual comic book. He uses panels of varying size and sometimes overlapping placement, he uses light and shadow to excellent effect in illustrating a noire-type plot by Wilson, and the very fact that you are asking who should play these characters on film shows that he makes the stalwart guys and slinky gals look silver-screen worthy. (Last week we learned that Sam and Abby will in fact be going to Hollywood as literary agents peddling ex-Judge Parker's screenplays. Hooray for Hollywood and the glamourous - and sordid - inhabitants we shall meet there!) For revamping an art form that had been allowed to run itself down, namely the soap-opera strip (cf. how boring Apartment 3-G looks nowadays as compared to its heyday, when the artists had a much larger space within which to work), Barreto deserves our thanks and the "artist of the year" recognition!

Posted by: seismic-2 | February 26, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

^^^^^^^^^^^^^Yeah, what he said. Er, um +1, or whatever the kids say....

Posted by: JkR- | February 26, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Go Pearls!!!!!

Posted by: ridge73 | February 26, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

We had good times with Manny, I will miss him. But like Damon, it was time for him to move on, and see if he commands the big money.

Good luck!

Posted by: MSchafer | February 26, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Did judge parker have an over night surge or what? I stand by Richard Thompson! :)

Posted by: jessecline | February 27, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

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