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Comic Riffs: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

The Funnypages As We (Barely) Remember Them

Our quickie roundup of some of the day's most intriguing strips: 'RED ROVER' (WPWG)Enlarge Image RED AND ROVER: This strip often feels like a blend of present-day and a nostalgic "Leave It to Beaver"-esque yesteryear. If it IS nominally present-day,...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 29, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Interview: 'UP' Animator Bob Peterson of Pixar

Bob Peterson arrives at the premiere of Disney Pixar's 'Up' in Hollywood on May 16. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) As Pixar's balloon-questing movie, "UP," lands in theaters today, it represents just the latest cinematic adventure for its writer and co-director,...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Animation  
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Act Now: Your Four-Minute Comics Workout!

Attention, Cartoon Fans! Act now and take advantage of our one-time offer (well, our only time today). Here's a chance to enjoy today's funnies in under four minutes. No obligation -- enjoy while supplies last... 'CUL DE SAC' (UPS)Enlarge...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 28, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Interview: Animator/Filmmaker MIKE JUDGE (Pt. 2)

Mike Judge (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) In the interest of full transparency, Comic Riffs and animator/filmmaker MIKE JUDGE share many of the same influences. Not just some creative ones -- Terry Gilliam, Chuck Jones, Harvey Pekar and Charles Schulz, to...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 28, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Interview: 'Goode Family' Creator Mike Judge (Pt. 1)

MIKE JUDGE, co-creator of the Fox series "King of the Hill," poses in front of an illustration of the animated character he voices, Hank Hill, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ric Francis) As animator/filmmaker MIKE JUDGE nearly wraps up his...

By The Reliable Source  |  May 27, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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More Strips Deliciously Sexy -- What's Your Beef?

I try hard not to see synergy where none really exists. I refuse to invent trends (despite the ol' journalist's crack that in your cheesier news publications, it only requires 2 1/2 examples to label something a "trend"). And...

By The Reliable Source  |  May 26, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Holiday Quickies: 'Family Circus' Gets Its Male Mojo A-Workin'

Before the barbecue and ballgames, a rapid holiday roundup for those on the go: 'FAMILY CIRCUS' (KFS)Enlarge Image FAMILY CIRCUS: This -- THIS! -- is when it's a crime that "Family Circus" is only a single panel. The Lamp...

By The Reliable Source  |  May 25, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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In the Lines of Duty: A Cartoon Tribute for Memorial Day

Sometimes it takes a current war to remind some of us to fully honor and appreciate the fallen Americans from every war. Thankfully, in newspapers 'cross the land, platoons of cartoonists pause to remind us, too, why we pay...

By The Reliable Source  |  May 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Cartoon Oscars: The Reubens Award Winners for 2009 Are...

THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE: THE WINNERS FOR THE 2009'S REUBENS ARE: 'NON SEQUITUR' (WPWG)Enlarge Image DAVE COVERLY can continue to be grateful that his colleagues "don't read" "Speed Bump" -- because he rode their tongue-in-cheek lack-of-readership all the way to...

By The Reliable Source  |  May 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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