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Comic Riffs: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

The Twitter Interview: Political Cartoonist Mike Thompson

Detroit Free Press political cartoonist MIKE THOMPSON has deep roots in old media. He's worked as a print cartoonist in multiple newsrooms; his current newspaper has just curbed some home delivery; and he's now with a new syndicate (Creators) after...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 3, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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Morning Quickie: Ten Things We're Reading Now

Morning, Cartoon Nation... So much good cartoon news, so little time to write about each in more than a Twitter-sanctioned 140 characters. So for your perusing pleasure, here's 'Riffs quickie reading list of recent items: TEN THINGS WE'RE READING NOW:...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 3, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Twitter Interview: Cartoonist Daryl Cagle

DARYL CAGLE is a political cartoonist. Daryl Cagle is a syndicator. And not least of all, Daryl Cagle is a "magazine Web site" (via MSNBC.com) that publishes roughly 200 other editorial cartoonists. His site draws eyes, and his tweets draw...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 2, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Where Else Do You Go to Fill Your Comics Needs?

It's a fact that stares us in the face even more closely than a foregrounded Bucky Katt in a fit of crazy-eyed piqué: If you're a fairly serious comics reader in this time of cuts, no one newspaper is going...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 2, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Who Keeps 'Garfield' Alive? Look to America's Youth

As some readers of the Post print comics cast about for what strips they would drop, the question crops up often: WHO wants to keep "Garfield," let alone "Peanuts" reruns? Well, judging by a recent Nickelodeon poll , you can...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 1, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Twitter Interview: 'PvP' Creator Scott Kurtz

Today, Comic Riffs continues its four-day look at cartoonists who use Twitter. Yesterday, we spoke with "Candorville" cartoonist Darrin Bell, and in today's print edition of The Washington Post, we discuss Twitter at length with a range of cartoonists. So...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 1, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Candorville' Cartoonist Finds His [Short-Form] Muse

Today, "Candorville" creator DARRIN BELL begins a near-weeklong vampiric adventure that delves into the social wonders -- and woes -- of Twitter. Enlarge Comic So judging by his obvious familiarity with Twitter, does this mean Bell himself has decided to...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 31, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Take the 'If I Were Comics Czar' Quiz

Almost daily, as both artist and blogger, I relish the fact that so many people are passionate about comics. Uber-casual readers are absolutely welcome under our big tentpole here. But the passionate fan is the lifeblood of the comics --...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 31, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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'Black Ink Day': Time for Another Call to Arms

Comic Riffs recently proposed a new "Black Ink Day" -- that is, a single day on which all political cartoonists would use their space to publicize their plight as their ranks thin, as well as to honor their field's rich...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 30, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Meet the New Funnies: Do You Fancy Their Latest Trendy Cut?

Morning, Cartoon Nation... No doubt, if you read The Post's print funnies, you have some sort of reaction to today's new look. Sure, we've got four fewer strips total...on one less page...at two less picas. But perhaps more jarring, the...

By Michael Cavna  |  March 30, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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