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Comic Riffs: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

The Cartooning Cause That's Fit to Print

Okay, here's an idea: As newspaper cartoonists look around their table and see the newsroom herds thinning, or the moving trucks pulling up, or the security guard hovering as colleagues pack up their things, maybe it's time for a single,...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 20, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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In Name at Least, Chuckles Come to UClick

Let's hope the comic lives up to the name. The online comics portal UClick announces that it's adding the strip "Chuckle Bros.," by Brian and Ron Boychuk -- who, yes, are indeed brothers -- to its lineup. Enlarge Comic The...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 20, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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The Exit Interview: Pink-Slipped Memphis Cartoonist Bill Day

When Comic Riffs reached political cartoonist BILL DAY yesterday afternoon by phone, he was still trying to absorb the news: The Commercial Appeal in Memphis had just pink-slipped him, and more than a dozen colleagues, several hours earlier. As Day,...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 19, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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'Save Judge Parker' Sentiment Unfurled in Force

After more than 125 comments and 600 votes on this blog, two things are abundantly clear about The Post's decision to drop five print comics at month's end: 1. A fair number of readers are more than a little miffed....

By Michael Cavna  |  March 19, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Memphis Political Cartoonist Bill Day Is Laid Off

BILL DAY, veteran political cartoonist at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, tells Comic Riffs that he has just been let go by the newspaper as part of more than a dozen layoffs announced by the paper there today. "It was...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 18, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Sneak Peek: Marvel's New "Wolverine" Images

Wolverine as a freakishly six-headed Warholian portrait? What would Joe Quesada think, let alone Hugh Jackman? Actually, we learn that Quesada -- the big cheese at Marvel Comics -- has blessed such an illustration, as well as numerous other cartoons...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes  
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AIG Bonus Brouhaha: Who Draws the Most Interest?

Controversy over the AIG bailout -- and bonuses -- has spawned its share of names for what AIG "really" stands for, such as: Absolutely Into Greed. Ain't Immorality Grand? And my personal fave, which jokingly imagines secret Swiss bank accounts:...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 18, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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The Winners -- and E-Mails -- Keep Rolling In...

The award announcements are pouring in: MIKE LUCKOVICH, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist, has won this year's Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for editorial cartooning. BY MIKE LUCKOVICHEnlarge Comic The judges cite Luckovich's ability "to incite multiple emotions...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 17, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  
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The Reuben Awards: Congrats to 'Pearls,' 'Lio' & 'Cul de Sac'

A Pig. A guinea pig. And a cephalopod. Now THIS should be interesting. The National Cartoonists Society has announced its nominees for most of this year's award categories, and I'm particularly struck by the spirited competition in the Comic...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 17, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Pearls Before Meta-Swine: Oh, We Relish This 'Reality'

M.C. Escher, that great master of optical-illusion illustrations, would surely appreciate the pure and blissful meta-tude of today's "Pearls Before Swine." So let's pause long enough to break it down: Rat -- the COMIC character -- is viewing the webcomic...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 16, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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'Parker' to 'Pooch': Which Dropped Comic Stirs Your Fanhood?

The Post has announced that come the end of the month, amid several changes, five comics will be dropped from the print funnypages (though the strips will continue on washingtonpost.com). If you're a regular reader of Comic Riffs, you know...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 16, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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