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Comic Riffs: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Cartooning's Oscars: This Weekend, Lines Will Be Crossed!

(courtesy of NCS)Enlarge Image It's time, once again, to honor the year's best in cartooning by handing out the funkiest-looking trophy in the land -- picture the Blue Man Group having vaguely tawdry relations with an inkwell -- to...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General  
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Vote Now: Which Nancy Pelosi Cartoon Holds Water?

Can House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weather the current Beltway scrutiny? We know not, perhaps because we're overly focused on a more immediate question: Can Madam Speaker withstand the slings, arrows and Sharpies of a horde of cartoonists? Dick Cheney's...

By The Reliable Source  |  May 21, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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'Garfield Reverses Garfield' & Other Meta-Games

'MARK TRAIL' (NAS)Enlarge Image It's the best comics meta-game I've heard in many moons. Posting here yesterday, commenter "filfeit" -- melding the "Pearls Before Swine" and "Mark Trail" threads -- suggested thusly: "I think reading Mark Trail from right-to-left improves...

By The Reliable Source  |  May 21, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Call for Entries: "Eat My (Animated) Shorts!"

The Fox network couldn't have picked a better online street-corner to do business. Here at Comic Riffs, we've long been fans of Aniboom, the online animation studio that routinely features stellar work. (Just the other day, 'Riffs featured the...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 20, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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In China, It's the Year of the Rat-and-Pig

'PEARLS BEFORE SWINE' (UPS)Enlarge Image Occasionally, spurred by a precise confluence of caffeine, outside artistic inspiration and blank-eyed deadline desperation, we cartoonists decide to get seriously meta. To play with the comic-strip form itself. To literally break fourth walls....

By Michael Cavna  |  May 20, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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The Interview: 'Comic Riffs' Blogger Michael Cavna

'STEVE GREENBERG' (Courtesy of Steve Greenberg and Cagle.com) One danger of publicly bemoaning the state of the Endangered Newspaper Comics Industry for a living is that fellow journalists begin to contact you to speak authoritatively on the state of...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 19, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The E-Mailbag  
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Morning Line: 'Risque Business' in the Comix

'JUDGE PARKER' (NAS)Enlarge Image Going forward, Cartoon Nation, we shall heretofore officially call it the Judge Parker Rule: Namely, if your strip's life is in doubt or on the outs, then skin is suddenly in. Yesterday, we teased "Judge...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 19, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Afternoon Quickie: Putting the 'Strip' in Comic Strip

Let's say my comic strip has just been freshly resurrected, back among the living on the funny pages of The Post. Now, to avoid getting bounced again anytime soon, my mission as a creator becomes clear: I must draw...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 18, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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President Ba-Spock Obama? The Highly Logical Vote Is Yours

Barack Obama is Frozone from "The Incredibles," some say. Haha -- nice try, but no: Obama is Frazz, others contend. Are you blind? Obama is -- and will always be -- Sidney Poitier's classroom disciplinarian from the '60s flick "To...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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