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

Pat Oliphant Draws Fire Yet Again

Oh, there Pat Oliphant goes again. The fiery Aussie political cartooning legend -- who last made controversial waves when he drew Sarah Palin speaking in tongues (prompting more than 750 angry responses to The Post's ombudsman) -- now takes on...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 27, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Word From the Land of Comics Future

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Here at Comic Riffs, we have seen the near-future and be forewarned: It's two picas smaller. Yes, contrary to any "the universe is expanding" worries you may harbor, I've peered at next Monday's "working proofs" of The...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 27, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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He Who Gaffes Last: Our Fave Art Goof O' the Day

We begin today with the ol' "TRAIL WATCH" because today's "Mark Trail" is more staggeringly eye-catching than usual -- no small feat, that. 'Riffs refers not to the Central Casting Nimrod Villain, or to Naive Polka-Dot 'Kerchief Boy (aka...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 26, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Spare the Editors, Save the World

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Here at Comic Riffs, we've spent many months mourning the decline -- layoff by buyout by layoff -- of the Newspaper Political Cartoonist. But of course, as some newspapers slash their staffs by 10, 20, 30 percent...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 26, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Plush 'Pearls' Toys? Indeed--What a Croc!

Afternoon, Cartoon Nation... Here at Comic Riffs, we are no product pimps. We do not shill, we do not peddle. We like to think we are ethically and morally above that. And besides, more to the point: No one...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 25, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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What Are the Best--and Worst--Comic Films Ever?

Cartoon movies are as much in the news as ever. 'Riffs tweeted several days back about how Warren Beatty was being sued by Tribune Media Service over the screen rights to Dick Tracy. We've reported on Stephan Pastis working...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 25, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Homage to the 'Doomed' Post Strips

Perhaps in this case, even the prospective absence of several comic strips may make the heart grow fonder. Today's "Pooch Cafe," for example, seems just that much more amusing as The Post prepares to kiss the print version of...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 24, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Off to 'Watchmen'? Then sally forth!

Morning, Cartoon Nation... We'd dared to hope this day would come, and the fellas behind "Sally Forth" did not disappoint. Ted, proud '80s-centric comics geek that he is, is about to meet Dr. Manhattan on the big screen. With "padawan"...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 24, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Interview: Animator Bryan Brinkman

Thanks to a stunt earlier this month on Jimmy Fallon's late-night NBC show, New York animator BRYAN BRINKMAN not only gained more than 30,000 followers on Twitter. Two weeks later, his raised profile continues to draw fans to his work....

By Michael Cavna  |  March 23, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Showdown Poll: 'Judge Parker' vs. No Chance of Parole

Today, The Post announces its funnypage changes in the print edition. But Comic Riffs readers have had the chance to vote informally for their fave of five dropped Post comic strips -- or to check "none of the above" --...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 23, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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This Just In: Post to Drop 'Brevity'

Tomorrow, a Readers' Note in The Post will announce that a sixth feature, the single-panel "Brevity" by Guy & Rodd, will be dropped from the paper's print comics section come March 30. Comic Riffs has previously reported on the...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 22, 2009; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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