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Comic Riffs: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Eat Your Heart Out, Wonder Woman. Here Comes OPRAH!

On the heels of creating comic books featuring such women as Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Caroline Kennedy, Bluewater Productions' "Female Force" will next spotlight... 'FEMALE FORCE' (Bluewater Prod.) ... OPRAH WINFREY. To which Comic Riffs has just one...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 13, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General  | Tags: Oprah Winfrey  
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The Interview: Dan Wasserman's Inside Line on the Boston Globe's Labor Woes

DAN WASSERMAN (Courtesy of Dan Wasserman / Boston Globe) This week, Boston Globe political cartoonist DAN WASSERMAN -- responding to his newspaper's vote to reject a new labor deal -- created a brilliantly distilled cartoon. Because the New York...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 12, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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The Wildest Haircut in the Comics Belongs to...

THE MORNING LINE: The early morning roundup, from the eye-catching to the (literally) head-scratching... 'SPIDER MAN' (KFS)Enlarge Image Seeing Wolverine this week in "Spider-Man," I'm entranced anew by a visual that never fully strikes me when watching Hugh Jackman...

By The Reliable Source  |  June 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Sonia Sotomayor: Creator Explains His Controversial Piñata Cartoon

Comic Riffs recently posted the controversial cartoon about Sonia Sotomayor -- in which she, as a strung-up piñata, awaits a wallop from GOP elephants -- and we invited you to vote with your reaction. Of the 500-plus respondents, 42...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Create Your Own Cartoon Character: What Should the 'Mainstream Media' Look Like?

The early a.m. roundup of cartoons, from the trite to the true... 'CANDORVILLE' (WPWG)Enlarge Image How do you feel about the mainstream media? Or make that: the Mainstream Media, the Fourth Estate, the Prominent Collective Entity that so often...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 11, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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How Newsweek's Guest Editor Let Us Down (That Means YOU, Mr. Colbert)

'MIKE LUCKOVICH' (Atlanta Journal Constitution / courtesy of cagle.com) A hearty tip-o'-the-hat today to Stephen Colbert -- which in ever-ironic "Colbert-speak," of course, actually means that we're taking him to task with a vigorous "wag of our finger." Tsk,...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 10, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Rants  
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Morning Quickie: When Our 'Toons Enter 'The Twilight Zone'

The early a.m. roundup of cartoons, from the eye-catching to the head-scratching... Okay. Either I or the comics are just a little off today, based on these Five Telltale Signs. I'll let you be the judge as to who's...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Obama in the Muslim World: Who Spins It Best?

Many cartoonists I know are prone to leaping, panting like puppies, at the mention of two simple words: "Road trip." Short of hitting the wild blue yonder themselves, though, the second-best thing for many political cartoonists is when a...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 9, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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If You Like 'Pearls Before Swine,' THIS Video Is for You:

When it comes to promotion, "Pearls Before Swine" creator STEPHAN PASTIS truly takes matters into his own hands. So much so that Pastis will endure bloodied noses, projectile plush toys and bleep-happy, expletive-laced rants in order to peddle his...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 9, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Morning Quickie: Root for 'Get Fuzzy' to Hit the Bricks

THE MORNING LINE: The a.m. roundup from today's pages... 'GET FUZZY' (UPS)Enlarge Image INSIDE JOB: What's this now? Rob the Quasi-Agoraphobe is once again actually contemplating...leaving the homestead? If Rhode Island is what it takes, then -- a-men, brother...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 9, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Reader Poll: Does Religion Belong on Your Comics Page?

'MALLARD FILLMORE' (KFS)Enlarge Image From Charles Schulz to Johnny Hart, expressions of spiritual faith have long found sanctuary on the comics page. On the other hand, relatively few creators choose to do this -- and syndicate editors commonly warn...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 8, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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What to Buy a Cubicle Dweller Who Has Everything

The morning roundup, from the eye-catching to the head-scratching... 'DILBERT' (UFS)Enlarge Image THE REAL DEAL: Today's "Dilbert" is even more satisfying when you realize that when it comes to birthday revelry, the "Scott" is question is apparently the comic avatar...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 8, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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David Carradine: The (Super)Man, the Myth, the Monologue

It's a word! It's a name! It's the "Superman Speech"! In the wake of DAVID CARRADINE'S death in Thailand, a friend reminds me that it was Carradine who delivered the second-best entry on our list of Top Quentin Tarantino...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 7, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Superheroes  
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