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

This Just In: The Post Will Drop 5 Print Comics

On The Washington Post's comic pages, a couple of little dogs will soon be lost. The Post has decided to drop five comics from the print funnies, including "Little Dog Lost" and "Pooch Cafe." The other three features that will...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 13, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
Categories:  General  
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New Toons and Old Favorites

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Another day, another new strip to scrutinize. Now we get news that the comics portal Uclick has added Creators Syndicate's "The Barn" to its lineup. The daily strip -- created by three-decade veteran of cartooning Ralph Hagen...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 13, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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The "Check Out" Aisle: Sample These Picks O' the Week

'Riffs readers and comics colleagues flag so much good -- and sometimes just, um, interesting -- cartoon material that today, Comic Riffs pauses to catch up to some of it. Without further delay, here are a few faves. Judge, if...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 13, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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Early Peek: Two New Comic Strips Seek Good Homes

Vampires just can't get any hotter in pop culture. We've got the "Twilight" blockbuster/budding franchise. We've got the HBO series "True Blood." We've even got vampires populating "Candorville" in recent days. Now, the digital entertainment site UClick announces that it's...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 12, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Marmaduke the Movie? We've Got a Few Stray Ideas

Word comes this week from Animation Magazine and the Hollywood Reporter that "Marmaduke" -- yes, the single-panel high-jinks of a 55-year-old gallumphing Great Dane (that's 385 in dog years) -- is headed to the big screen. To which we've heard...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 12, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Riffs  
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Last of the Staff Cartoonists: How Can Some Keep Their Jobs?

Cartoonists Ed Stein and Drew Litton have lost their Rocky perches in Denver. Their colleague John Branch is among the latest layoffs in a showdown at San Antonio. Ben Sargent took the buyout in Austin. And in a small town...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 11, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Who Brings the Sexy Back? Now Taking Your '09 Nominations

Ah, the power of an A-list pop star. Justin Timberlake may sing a razor line better than he can draw one, but with just a single near-three-minute performance, he's upped the "Q" rating of a less-than-hip comic character. Namely: Irving....

By Michael Cavna  |  March 11, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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The Interview (Pt. 2): David Horsey of the (RIP?) 'Seattle Post-Intelligencer'

As his newspaper faces its D-Day sale deadline today, Comic Riffs continues its interview with Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial cartoonist DAVID HORSEY. Horsey, who has the highly trafficked Web site DavidHorsey.com through Hearst Corp., says he is ensured of keeping his...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 10, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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Does Jessica Rabbit Really Bring the Sexy Back?

Morning, Cartoon Nation... First off, before we launch into the lambasting, we must give all fair credit and props to Jessica Rabbit. In a recent survey "conducted" by Cadbury Dairy Milk that asked respondents who the sexiest cartoon was, Cadbury's...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 10, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Rush to Judgment: Why Cartoonists Love Limbaugh

To many cartoonists, the return of Rush Limbaugh to the headlines, and center stage, is a welcome sight indeed. The ever-polarizing Rush comes bundled with his own backstory, his own symbolism and his own gravitational pull. Plus, for many,...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 9, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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David Horsey: How a Cartoonist Survives If Ink Newspaper Dies

It's D-Day for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. With Hearst's stated 60-day window to find a buyer set to close tomorrow, the storied, historic P-I faces the shuttering of its print newspaper -- short of a Microsoft billionaire or some other moneybagged...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 9, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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