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Comic Riffs: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

The Interview: 'Twitter Bird' Artist Simon Oxley

Simon Oxley, who designed the Twitter logo. (Noriko Oxley) Japan-based illustrator SIMON OXLEY is not a cartoonist, but rather a brilliant artist with a truly comic sense of humor. He has created thousands of whimsical illustrations, yet most of...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 19, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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The Gallery: Sharpest Editorial Cartoons of the Week

We had the continuing Iranian election controversy. We had the continuing Palin/Letterman brouhaha. But for this Riffster's money, these three editorial cartoons had the best aesthetic payoffs in recent days. The Comic Riffs gallery is now open -- links...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 19, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  
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A.M. Quickie: Presenting the Morning Picks

From today's funnypages, the early a.m. quickie... 'GARFIELD' (UPS)Enlarge Image MOST BLESSED DEVELOPMENT: Now here's a plot twist that seriously piques a Riffster's interest. Plus, now it's all beginning to make some kinda sense. Garfield held New Threat Liz...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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So Many Swell Comics--Or Is It Just Me?

The quickie roundup of today's cartoons, from the good to the better than good... Some days, an inordinate number of comics seem uncommonly good and unusually inspired, as if something were in the collective water of cartoonists. Either that...

By The Reliable Source  |  June 18, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Reader Poll: Cast Your (Rigged) Vote for Best 'Iran Election' Cartoon

Yesterday, one 'Riffs reader asked why so relatively few Palin/Letterman political cartoons were populating the landscape. Well, perhaps it's partly because the election-aftermath in Iran is just so politically hot -- and so important -- that it merits days...

By The Reliable Source  |  June 18, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Why Sean Hannity Should Play 'Captain America'

Sean Hannity, Keith Olbermann, Stephen Colbert (Fox News; MSNBC; REUTERS/Steve Manuel/USO/Handout) So as we begin in earnest to cast a star for "Captain America," The Movie, some of the early offerings by 'Riffs readers are inspired. On look alone,...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 17, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Superheroes  
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You Must Remember This: A Kiss That's Just a Miss

The quickie roundup of today's 'toons, from the trite to the true... 'ZITS' (SOURCE)Enlarge Image It's time, obviously, for an intervention. The sweetly green Jeremy Duncan sucks -- or more precisely, OVERsucks -- at Liplocking 101, and it quickly...

By The Reliable Source  |  June 17, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Reader Poll: Who Nails the Palin/Letterman Brouhaha Best?

An Alaska politician who still has one serious "Q" rating. A TV host who remains America's favorite late-night curmudgeon. And a national controversy involving family and taste and sexuality that refuses to ebb. It's all too tantalizing for some...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 17, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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You Be the Editor: What Should Be the Fate of 'Family Circus'?

'FAMILY CIRCUS' (KFS)Enlarge Image In her introduction to "Best American Comics 2008," cartoonist Lynda Barry -- in editing the anthology -- professes her fanlove and attachment and devotion to "Family Circus" and "one of the greatest of all time,"...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 16, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Predict That Plot: The Mark Trail Edition

'MARK TRAIL' (NAS)Enlarge Image Time once again to play "You Guessed It," in which certain strips are so ripe for predicting the plotline that we pause to, well, predict the plotline. We start with today's "MARK TRAIL," in which the...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 16, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Now That Captain America's Reborn: Who'll Play Him in the Movie?

'CAPTAIN AMERICA' (Marvel Comics) Has anyone checked Arlington National Cemetery to make sure the monument's still there? The news this week that Steve Rogers is being resurrected beginning July 1 -- for the five-comic-book series "Captain America Reborn" --...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Superheroes  
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Reader Poll: Who Draws Lil' Kim Jong-Il Best?

The Don King 'do! The Mr. Magoo shades! And the endless stream of wee fatigue-green outfits that make him look as if he shops at "Baby Fidel" for boys. For many political cartoonists, at least, KIM JONG-IL is an artistic...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 15, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Are Dogs Really the Best Judge of Human Character?

THE MORNING LINE: The early a.m. roundup, from the inspired to the creatively tired... 'NON SEQUITUR' (UPS)Enlarge Image I've had dogs. I've had cats. There was the odd rabbit, box turtle and garden snake (though not in the same...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Best of the Sunday Funnies: We Pick 'Em

A deftly drawn monster in "Prince Valiant." A big warm-and-fuzzy in "Mutts." And fun at Manny Ramirez's (female-fertililty) expense in "Tank McNamara." All in all, a pretty fair week for the Sunday Funnies. That said, Comic Riffs' Top Three...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 14, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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