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Comic Riffs: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Even X-Men Know: Today's Free Comic Book Day

As Homer Simpson once uttered with such sage insight: "Nothin' a month?! I can swing that!" Today, as all the good fanboys and -girls know, is officially Free Comic Book Day -- the one time each year when superheroes, sci-fi...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 2, 2009; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Interview: 'Slowpoke' Alt-Cartoonist Jen Sorensen

Until last year, I had read the alt-comic "SLOWPOKE" on occasion, but I had not really READ "Slowpoke." That is, I had not pored over it as a book collection, in which editorial cartoonist Jen Sorensen's superbly ironic worldview comes...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 1, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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'Wolverine' Poll: You Tell Us--How Much Will It Make?

(courtesy of XXX) Comic Riffs blogger Michael Cavna and his superhero-lovin' Post sidekick David Betancourt attended a press screening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" earlier this week. Cavna thinks the film will satisfy the bigger "popcorn" audience, largely because Hugh...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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Swine Flu: Too Soon to Joke? Tell It to the 'Toonists

Can cartoons prevent swine flu? Why sure -- simply print out this page, tie a string to it and wear it as a mask. What's that? Too soon to joke about swine flu? Well that's my point exactly. As the...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 30, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Do Most Young People Still READ Print Comics?

Morning, Cartoon Nation... If you care about the state and fate of newspaper comics, then today, make sure to read "Candorville." And if you read The Post's print funnies and recently endured the loss of a page of comics, then...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Toonists Got Talent: Who Drew Susan Boyle Best?

When an insta-celeb has the "most trafficked" face on the planet over the past week, the cartoonist's job is both much easier and immeasurably harder. By now, everyone and their never-kissed second cousin knows what the video-viral singer Susan Boyle...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 29, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Deliciously Good Dialogue? Sure, We'll Eat It Up

Morning, Cartoon Nation... I don't know what exactly is in the air -- well, besides panic and worry and trans-border contagion -- but thus far, this is a particularly fertile week for funnypage dialogue. Enlarge Comic From "Cul de Sac"...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Check Out: New Animations From 'Cul de Sac' & 'Pooch'

As the syndicates continues to unveil new animation shorts of their strips, I find myself fascinated with seeing what elements from static comics make a successsful transition -- and what is lost is translation. In the latest "Pooch Cafe" animation,...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 28, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Barrel of Laughs: Why Dennis Is Buck-Nekkid In TWO Strips Today

Enlarge Comic Enlarge Comic Yesterday, "Pearls Before Swine" and "Candorville" gave us the kind of lively comic cross-pollination that enriches both strips. Today, it gets even better. Dennis the Menace, that OH-so-irresistibly-mischievous cowlicked rapscallion of an overalled imp (aka:...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Vote Now: Judging the World of Caricature

By Wednesday, political cartoonists will have had their "first 100 days" to build their best Obama caricatures. The president's ears and smile have taken front-and-center in many caricatures so far, but some more critical cartoons have also aimed to depict...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 27, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Latest "Post Power Rankings" Are In...

Comic Riffs put out the call last week, and the passion of the reponse was strong. Today we launch the Official Comic Riffs Power Rankings, an occasional gauge of which Post print strips you love -- and loathe. 'Riffs sought...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 27, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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