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Comic Riffs: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Box Office Poll: Just How Much Will 'Star Trek' Prosper?

Chris Pine, left, and Zachary Quinto in a scene from J.J. Abrams's "Star Trek." (United States Entertainment) The big question at the box office this weekend: Just how much will "Star Trek" prosper? Most reviews of the franchise's 11th...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 8, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Swine Flu? Forearmed Is Forewarned

"Dilbert" creator Scott Adams (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Time for Friday's Reading List, when we catch up with fave items of the week... 1. Swine flu hygiene has inspired Scott Adams to muse about safer forms of salutation on...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 8, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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When Is a Cop Doughnut Joke TOO Stale?

The question on our morning table today: When is it time to retire a gag? Tell a joke about bad airline food -- even on Amateur Night at the local Komedy Klub -- and you're instantly branded as a...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Mother's Day: Give the Gift of Cartoons

Mama's Day is still a few days away, but as a thoughtful reader service -- in case you need a reminder today to send that card, those flowers or that economy-spurred plea to move-back-home -- Comic Riffs offers a holiday...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 7, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Sally Worth'? Now Taking Your Fave Cartoon Mash-Ups

Morning, Cartoon Nation... Today, I laughed with -- and decidely not at -- "Sally Forth." The reason: The mish-mashup of the would-be band name "REM Speedwagon." 'SALLY FORTH' (KFS)Enlarge Image Once I got past the startling possibilities of Mikey Stipe...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 7, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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When Obama Drives the Funnies

In real life, President Obama may be making man-of-the-people burger runs to Arlington. But in "Candorville"-Land, Obama is Harry Truman (the meta-year is 1948) crossed with an upper-crust FDR (right down to his ivory cig-holder). Regardless of setting, though, Darrin...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 6, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Frazz Affront: Top-Five Picks to Become a KidsPost Strip

"Frazz" fans have spoken, and their battlecry is clear: Move "Frazz" back to the main comics pages. Puhleeze. When "Judge Parker" was resurrected recently in The Post, "Agnes" was bumped to KidsPost. But then the newspaper decided to return snarky...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 6, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The Interview: "Maus's" Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman in his Manhattan studio last October. (Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post)Enlarge Image ART SPIEGELMAN is most famous for his comic Holocaust narrative "Maus," but the cartoonist's career spans so much more -- from his underground comics in...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 5, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Frazz's Turn: Which Strip Should Go to KidsPost?

Morning, Cartoon Nation... 'AGNES' (Creators)Enlarge Image Blame it all on Judge Parker. Because the Judge and Sam Driver and Abbey and Randy and Sophie ultimately proved so appealing to Post readers, their strip's return meant something had to bounce to...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 5, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Mr. Spiegelman Goes to Washington

Cartoonist Art Spiegelman in his Soho studio in Manhattan last October. (Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post) Legendary cartoonist ART SPIEGELMAN is coming to Washington D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art tonight for a little talk. The advertised topic of...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 4, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Luddites Unite! What Is This Thing You Call a 'Blog'?

Morning, Cartoon Nation... 'PICKLES' (WPWG)Enlarge Image My favorite comic of the day? Without a doubt, it's "Pickles,"because Brian Crane gets the truth and tone of the language so very, very right. All this week, Opal is bemoaning technological change. She...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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