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Comic Riffs: March 1, 2009 - March 7, 2009

The Week's Seven Most Terrifying Cartoons

Every week, as we cast our java-fueled gaze upon close to a thousand separate cartoons, there are inevitably a handful of images that might prompt a spit-take (if coffee didn't stain the carpet so stubbornly). Some cartoons disturb the...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 6, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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My Vow: Why I'm Giving Up "Peanuts"

Call it a dare. Call it an act of defiance. Either way, it's time to face my decades of addiction: For the next two weeks, I'll refrain from reading my "Peanuts." Yep, the strip that has filled my days since...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 6, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Would You Miss Your Sunday Funnies If They Went Away?

Would you miss your Sunday funnies? Enlarge Comic In a decision that's unfortunately all too frequent, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has announced that it will trim its Sunday comics section from eight pages to "six full-color pages." According to its Web...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 5, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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New to the Funnies: Our Favorite Nut Case

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Glory be to "Mark Trail," for today, it introduces us to the best new cartoon character of the year: The Talking, Taunting Squirrel. Enlarge Comic Yes, Ken the Boorish Bankrupt Jealous Deer-Winging Wife-Abusing Shell-of-a-Man has been felled...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 5, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Find-the-Dialogue: Help Give Mark Trail a Silver Tongue

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Enlarge Comic Today, Ken the Gored Boorish Bankrupt Jealous Deer-Shootin' Wife Abuser is not the only one who needs some serious help. So, it's clear, does Mark Trail. The second panel (right) in today's strip just cries...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 4, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Have You Got an Obama Joke? Then Enter It HERE...

Enlarge Comic So few weeks, so many issues. From bipartisanship to speeches to tax-troubled nominees to secret Russian defense plans, President Obama's administration -- and the government at large, on both sides of the aisle -- already offers a...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 4, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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The Poll: Cats or Dogs -- Which Make a Better Comics Pet?

Whenever I get to talking about Garfield or Bucky or Snoopy or Satchel with readers and cartoonists, this subject inevitably rears its head: In cartoon form, who rules: Dogs or cats? Enlarge Comic Get both breeds of pet fans together,...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 3, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Taste Test: What Do You Think of These Brand-New Animations?

Richard Thompson may be the "voice" of his comic strip "Cul de Sac," but that doesn't mean he can get a gig as a voice IN his comic strip. "I tried out for the dad and didn't make it,"...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 3, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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Who Drew It Funniest? We Laugh at the Very Thought

Perhaps because political cartoons typically must traffic in real-world issues and should offer a true opinion, they don't as frequently make me laugh aloud. And by laugh aloud, I mean that burst of honest guffaw that leaves your body before...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 2, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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How to Save Cartooning's Pulitzer From Extinction

As the ranks of staff political cartoonists continue to shrink -- most recently last week with the twin job losses of Ed Stein (his Rocky Mountain News was shuttered) and John Branch of the San Antonio Express-News (layoff) -- the...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 2, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag , The Riffs  
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