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Comic Riffs: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Reader Poll: Is the Sotomayor Cartoon Offensive?

(Creators Syndicate / courtesy of Cagle.com) Oh, what would Jim Lang think? About seven weeks ago, the longtime cartoonist at The Oklahoman -- he was a fixture there for 58 years, retiring last fall -- died after an illness....

By The Reliable Source  |  June 5, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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'Riffs Picks: Best of the Day--and Week

The best and the rest: A rapid roundup of today's cartoons... 'PEARLS' (UPS)Enlarge Image FAVE WORDPLAY O' THE DAY: "Pearls Before Swine" has been having a stellar week, and today's punning is the perfect topper. Thing is, often I --...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 5, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Interview: 'Mallard Fillmore' Creator Bruce Tinsley

Bruce Tinsley (Courtesy of King Features Syndicate) BRUCE TINSLEY, ironically, had no designs on becoming a comic-strip artist. Nearly two decades ago, he was a political cartoonist, a practioner of the single-panel, non-continuity ever-topical format at the Charlottesville Daily...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 5, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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Let's Get Small: Life With the Incredible Shrinking Comic

If you can read this type, then perhaps the newspaper print comics aren't too small for you to read. Yet. At the recent National Cartoonist Society's Reubens gathering in Los Angeles, there reportedly were the usual state-of-the-industry panel-chats and...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 4, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Dagwood & Doonesbury vs. the Anti-Defamation League

THE MORNING LINE... 'BLONDIE' (KFS)Enlarge Image If comedy's all in the timing, then today's "Blondie" is the Swiss watch of comic strips. That's because Dagwood Bumstead is discussing the Anti-Defamation League taking action against a comedic form of entertainment...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 4, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Heart of the Matter: A Memo to DreamWorks Animation

It's all too clear to see: For its next project, DreamWorks Animation should consider rendering the wizard of Oz. That's because L. Frank Baum's character could gift the studio's next 3D cartoon with the one thing it might just...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 3, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation , The Riffs  
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Dick Cheney, Cartoon Cross-Dresser?

Morning, Cartoon Nation. Today's comics roundup, from the eye-catching to the head-scratching... PAT BAGLEY (courtesy of cagle.com) 'CANDORVILLE' (WPWG)Enlarge Image MOST DISTURBING DEMI-TREND: Once is mildly alarming. Twice verges on disturbing. I speak, of course, of a coupla cartoonists'...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 3, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Buzz Is Back: 'Toy Story 3' Trailer Toys With Our Expectations

With "Up" ruling the box office over the weekend, Pixar/Disney has been savvy enough to begin ratcheting up awareness of its next film, "Toy Story 3," which is still a full 12 months away from landing at your local...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 2, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  
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Huffington Post and Sotomayor Draw Fire

It's not just the content of political cartoons that can generate heated debate. These days, even their very existence can result in someone suddenly writing in a huff, if not a Huffington. Back in April, a HuffPost contributor named...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Does 'Fatal Attraction' Plot Pass the Rabbit Test?

The morning's breakneck roundup of eye-catching -- or head-scratching -- cartoons: SALLY FORTH (to view strip, click HERE): Is Ted Forth a walking meatbag of delusion, or simply just pathetic? Francesco Marciuliano seems to knowingly toe that very line....

By Michael Cavna  |  June 1, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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As 'Up' Tops Box Office: We Pick Our Favorite Pixar Films

"Up" (REUTERS/Walt Disney Co/Pixar/Handout) "Toy Story" (DISNEY PIXAR) As Pixar studio's 10th feature film, the 3D balloon-questing "UP," descends on theaters this weekend -- and easily tops the domestic box office at an estimated $68 million -- Comic Riffs...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 31, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Animation  
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