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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 04/ 3/2009

Morning Quickie: Ten Things We're Reading Now

By Michael Cavna

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:


1. With the print Seattle Post-Intelligencer shuttered and the online P-I chugging its way to full steam, P-I/Hearst political cartoonist DAVID HORSEY taps the current environment for this editorial cartoon...

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2. Coincidentally, Columbus's JEFF STAHLER invokes Superman with his own take on what to him qualifies as not-so-heroic journalism...

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3. Meantime, the cartoon "Penny Arcade" takes its own shot at the plight of print political cartoonists...

4. And Dave Astor, satirizing for the Huffington Post, includes a passage about the future of editorial cartooning.

5. The Postal Service announces that it will come out with stamps of "THE SIMPSONS."

6. Cartoon Brew features these 25 animators on Twitter.

7. The Daily Cartoonist's Alan Gardner points out (citing Tom Tomorrow's blog) that Village Voice Media is extending its suspension of alt-comics.

8. Pittsburgh's ToonSeum will have a "Peanuts at Bat" exhibit opening tomorrow that showcases more than 40 of Charles Schulz's baseball-themed strips. The exhibit is organized by the Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa.

9. Chronicle Books announces this book about life behind the digital scenes and shorts at Pixar.

10. And lastly, a reader flags this very early teaming -- for a World War II short -- by my cartooning hero, Chuck Jones, and the legendary Dr. Seuss. Two decades later, of course, these two would team their talents again for the classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."


POST COMICS UPDATE: Washington Post Managing Editor RAJU NARISETTI tells Comic Riffs: "Reader reaction to the changes continues to trickle in." He says Post management is continuing to weigh that feedback, including complaints from those wishing to see the return of "Judge Parker." So: Stay tuned!

By Michael Cavna  | April 3, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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Fabulous cartoon - thanks.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | April 3, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Who do we talk to to say we not only want Judge Parker (and Pooch Cafe, and Little Dog Lost...) back, we want the dead writer strips to go and we want the comics in a LARGER FONT so we can read and appreciate them? Narisetti?

Make a good comic section - make the subscribers happy.

Posted by: mat00 | April 3, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse


I received a response to my emails from the Publisher of the Post and the Editor. Plus there is always the comics editor, Shirley Carswell.

Publisher: Katharine Weymouth (

Editor: Marcus Brauchli (

Comics Editor/Admin: Shirley Carswell (

Posted by: robbinsondave | April 3, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Only read Mark Trail, Dennis, Family Circus, and most importantly Judge Parker. Mark Trail gives you light hrearted adventure. Everyone knows what Dennis does. Billy, PJ and friends are smarter than we think. Judge Parker has a story line which gives a good reason to view many aspects of life each day. Please bring it back. Again, please.

Posted by: wchodgkins | April 3, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I have emailed all of the above.

No response.


I guess the Post's management feels they have the BEST comics page they could ever produce.

What a bunch of pompous, ignorant people, who have no clue. Hiding behind their precious, clandestine "research". Yet, many people have complained.

But, evidently the outcry isn't loud enough. Our they are just deaf.

No wonder newspapers can't get out of the way of their own demise.

Posted by: Jam893 | April 4, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I want to echo the comments of others and tell you how disappointed I am that the post would drop Judge Parker... the story line is always contemporary and thought provoking. It is the only only comic that I noticed was missing when you dropped about 5 comics. There are plenty of others you could have chosen to drop that would have made more sense. Please rethink the dropping of Judge Parker!

Posted by: ruthnelson1 | April 5, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Kris Straub also took a silly swing at editorial cartoons this past week:

Posted by: bokamba | April 5, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Washington Post Managing Editor RAJU NARISETTI tells Comic Riffs: "Reader reaction to the changes continues to trickle in." He says Post management is continuing to weigh that feedback, including complaints from those wishing to see the return of 'Judge Parker.'"

Sorry, I know you mean well, but not good enough. I want Carswell down here STAT to answer questions and explain herself. If the post's editors can do a live chat to cover the Post's changes in general, the least she could do is the same re: the Comics.

Posted by: drewdane | April 6, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse


Don't hold your breath.

And, if she did, they will only hide behind the "research" they did from an outside group, or whatever.

You know, how do you research comics, which are visual, over the phone anyway?
So, Big Nate or Watch Your Head really scored better that one of the comics that were dropped?

And, based on almost 600 votes on the polling question between Judge Parker, Mark Trail and Spiderman, 64% think the Judge should be the only serial strip in the Post. But, the Post's "research" said otherwise. Interesting.

Posted by: RobM1013 | April 6, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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