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Comic Riffs: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

When Obama Apparently Doesn't Lean Left...

If it's Friday, it's time for Comic Riffs's latest reading list. Enlarge Comic First off, we're compelled to soak up NATE BEELER's striking Washington Examiner cartoon of Obama as reliever for the Nats. Namely, we are struck by the...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 24, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Comics's Greatest Love Affairs? Now Taking Your Requests

Morning, Cartoon Nation... It's a simple question, and yet the opinions can quickly become so wide-ranging that consensus is rendered impossible. Well, at least around MY poker table of friends. The question: What is the best comic-strip love affair ever?...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 24, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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The Interview: Jeff Corriveau, "DeFlocked" Creator & TV Comedy Writer

"DEFLOCKED" Enlarge Comic You've written for "Saturday Night Live." You've provided punch lines for Leno. And your comedy credits include head writer for E!'s then-titled "Talk Soup." With such a resume, what propels a professional joke-writer to devote his...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 23, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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Open Mike: Which Post Comics Would YOU Keep--or Cut?

"JUDGE PARKER": Heated development. Enlarge Comic If you read The Post's print comics, then you lost "Zippy" and "Pooch Cafe" and "Judge Parker" nearly perished thanks to 3,000 or so people you've never met. The Post, as has been...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 23, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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Do My Comics Look, Well, Green?

Enlarge Comic Earl and Mooch appreciating a little tree-side R&R? "Mother Goose and Grimm" changing an "idea" light bulb? Notice a trend in much of today's funnies? Yep, that's because the syndicate King Features is staging its second annual...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 22, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Steve Breen Dedicates Pulitzer to Out-of-Work Colleagues

STEVE BREEN is thankful for the second Pulitzer of his career. He is humbly grateful that the jurors deemed his winning portfolio the best. But had he been doing the choosing, he wouldn't have necessarily selected himself for the prize....

By Michael Cavna  |  April 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Pulitzer; Steve Breen; Mike Thompson; Matt Wuerker; Grand Avenue  
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Morning Line: When 'Cul de Sac' Meets 'Office Space'

Looking at today's "Cul de Sac" and the bespangled backpack of Viola, we have only one pervading observation: Enlarge Comic You know "Office Space," in which the chain-restaurant workers are required to wear pieces of "flair"? (Even if you haven't...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 21, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U-T's Steve Breen Wins Cartooning's Pulitzer

Congratulations to STEVE BREEN, who has just won his second Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. The San Diego Union-Tribune cartoonist won his first Pulitzer in 1998, while at the Asbury Park Press. In an interesting twist (and confluence of talent),...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 20, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Hollywood Gets It Right: "State of Play's" Absent Cartoonist

Indulge me for a moment if you will, o fellow Riffians -- time now for a meta-post: Enlarge Comic So I've just seen "State of Play," Hollywood's new politico-journo thriller starring an engaging Russell Crowe, and I've got one cheeky...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 20, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Quickie: Fear & Abject Terror Before Breakfast

I had the opportunity to read today's "Pearls Before Swine" and "Dilbert" in advance, 'round midnight, and let's just say: I slept nary a wink. Enlarge Comic Enlarge Comic In this economy, the job security for ink-stained wretches (journos) and...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 20, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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