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Comic Riffs: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson Goes Where Angels Fear to Tread

Sizing up the spate of Michael Jackson cartoons... 'JOHN DARKOW' (cagle.com) 'PATRICK CHAPPATTE' (cagle.com) 'PERAY' (cagle.com) 'PETER BROELMAN' (cagle.com) In the wake of Michael Jackson's death, more than a couple of political cartoonists struck upon the same essential idea:...

By The Reliable Source  |  June 27, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Does This Michael Jackson Cartoon Cross the Line?

'MIKE LUCKOVICH' (Atlanta Journal Constitution) There've been cartoons of tribute (spotlights, moonwalk moves and single sequinned gloves). We've seen cartoons of snarkiness. But perhaps none has been immediately more of a visual lightning rod than Mike Luckovich's response to...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 26, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag , The Political Cartoon  
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The Most Poignant Cartoon of the Week

Leave it to Beeler. In the wake of the fatal Metro crash this week, the Washington Examiner's NATE BEELER drew the most poignant image I saw about the tragedy. It has just the right tone, the right feel. 'NATE...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 26, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Michael Jackson: The King of Popular Cartoons

They both seem utterly of their time, almost frozen in amber and ink. The uni-gloved, sequinned-socked, moonwalking Michael Jackson of the "Thriller" era, sparkling in Sgt. Pepper's-style jacket. And, on the funnypages, "Bloom County" -- another peaking-in-the'80s icon that...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 26, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Mark Sanford to Smartphones: What This Riffster Is Reading Now

Obama-swatted insects. Hoax instead of hope. Smartphone envy. And the global mourning over Neda. Here are five editorial cartoons that top the 'Riffs Reading List for the day -- followed by my Mark Sanford Picks o' the Day. If...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 25, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon , This Riffster's Reading List  
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When Does a Common Punchline Wear Out Its Welcome?

'BREWSTER ROCKIT' (TMS)Enlarge Image 'MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM' ' (KFS)Enlarge Image Wanna get a quick guffaw? Want to see your friends, neighbors and frenemies double over in a gut-busting fit of laughter? Then your mission is clear: Know your...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 25, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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'Riffs Gallery: Best of the 'Twitter Iran' Cartoons

When it comes to the role of social networking amid Iran's violent post-election uproar, comic Bill Maher may have had the satiric line of the week: "Twitter didn't save Iran. Iran saved Twitter." Political cartoonists, too, have been mining...

By The Reliable Source  |  June 24, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Beware All Ye Who Love--Or Loathe--Barry Manilow

THE MORNING LINE: Today's quickie a.m. roundup, from the sliced to the diced... 'PEARLS BEFORE SWINE' (UFS)Enlarge Image My prediction about today's "PEARLS BEFORE SWINE": Cartoonist Stephan Pastis will soon be hearing from Barry Manilow's people. Not his attorneys,...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 24, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Countdown to Comic-Con: "Cul de Sac's" Maiden Voyage

If there's anything more fun than talking "San Diego Comic-Con" with a decades-long attendee, it's the polar opposite: A chat with a Comic-Con rookie who can only imagine what awaits. "Cul de Sac's" Richard Thompson (Courtesy of Richard Thompson)...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  
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Countdown to Comic-Con: Stephan Pastis's First Impression

Today, with San Diego Comic-Con exactly one month away, Comic Riffs -- which will trek West to cover the four-day event -- officially begins its Countdown to Comic-Con. I first discovered the 'Con in the '80s, when both of...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 23, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Pearls Before Swine, San Diego Comic-Con, Stephan Pastis  
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And Now for Something Completely Different...

The a.m. quickie roundup, from the yawning to the spawning... 'ZITS' (KFS)Enlarge Image A topical pun. A talking-animal gag worthy of Chuck Jones. And absolutely nothing related to adolescence. Today's "ZITS" is all but a must-read because it is...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Is 'Hagar' Not Horrible? Time to Defend That 'Toon

HAGAR THE HORRIBLE (courtesy of KFS) Enlarge Comic Today, we introduce a spankin'-new Comic Riffs feature titled "Defend That 'Toon," which each week will test the reader popularity of this or that particular comic strip. First up: "Hagar the...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 22, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon  
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Laura Linney? O, Who Will Answer Our Casting Call?

THE MORNING QUICKIE: The early a.m. roundup of 'toons, from the cinematic to the melodramatic... Enlarge Comic JUDGE PARKER: As the Evil Cheerleader Moms of Doom storyline continues to unnnnfold like a creaky lawn chair, there are elements of...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Sunday Funnies: We Pick Best of the Father Day's Bunch

Today's Sunday funnies offer some swell non-holiday 'toons -- the art in "Zits" and the tartness in "Pearls Before Swine" are particular stand-outs -- but since it's Dad's day, Comic Riffs spotlights six father-themed strips: 6. THE SWEETEST: "BALDO"...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 21, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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