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Comic Riffs: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

The Interview: 'SNL' Writer/Animator Robert Smigel

Robert Smigel: The man behind "Ambiguously Gay Duo" and "X-Presidents." (Gino Domenico/AP File Photo) Tomorrow night, "SNL" wraps an especially stellar season -- from Tina Fey's Sarah Palin to Justin Timberlake's charismatic hosting -- and Sunday night, NBC will...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 15, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Animation  
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Morning Line: They Shoot Lame Gags, Don't They?

'FRANK AND ERNEST' (NEA)Enlarge Image Today's pathetic "Frank and Ernest" is the proverbial last straw. The gag relies so squarely -- almost solely -- on the topicality of the word "bailout" that we're forced to declare: It is time for...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 15, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Size Matters? An Insecure Croc's 'Tail of the Tape'

Poor, poor Croc. It's tough enough to be a domesticated reptile trying to date and mate with the wet dudettes of your swampy species. But it's quite another, apparently, to be saddled with insecurities about, um, "tail size." 'PEARLS...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 14, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Reader Poll: Which Cartoon Grads Make the Grade?

As college and high school graduations near and grads seek work, perhaps there's only one career that's benefiting from the unfortuate timing: the nation's political cartooning. As always, tough times make for fertile fodder. Today, Comic Riffs -- also...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 13, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Morning Quickie: Good Cat, Bad Spidey

RIFFING, AND RIFFLING, THROUGH THE MORNING TOONS... 'GET FUZZY' (UFS)"> 'GET FUZZY' (UFS) 'GET FUZZY' (UFS)">Enlarge Image GET FUZZY: Some of Bucky Katt's qualities are beginning to alarm me. Specifically, the ones that he and I apparently share. A...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 13, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Animated Reactions: A Few of Our Favorite Shorts

The Maryland Film Festival unspooled in Baltimore in recent days, and notably, the lineup included several films by one of my favorite short-form animators, Bill Plympton. I've been an avid fan of Plympton's color-pencil lines since the Oscar nominee's work...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 12, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  
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Twitter Satirized in Just a Few Characters

In recent months, Comic Riffs interviewed a number of syndicated newspaper cartoonists (from Scott Adams to Mike Luckovich) about whether they've Twittered or Tweeted or Twitpic'd or Twibed. The vast, vast majority of such cartoonists -- unlike many of their...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 12, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Superhero' Michelle Obama: Armed & Dangerous

A few months back, Comic Riffs reported that Bluewater Productions would issue a "Female Force" comic book featuring Michelle Obama. Well now, Bluewater announces that its Michelle issue has sold out and that it's ordered a second printing. The difference...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Superheroes  
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The Morning Line: One Order of Crushed Garfield, Please

'GARFIELD' (UFS)Enlarge Image Garfield sometimes entertains, more often rankles and irritates -- but today, he flat-out mystifies. Or rather, the artwork flat-out mystifies. In today's final panel, Garfield -- at least in black-and-white -- is apparently supposed to be...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 11, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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