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Comic Riffs: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

This Just in: The Actor Who'll Play Hollywood's Green Lantern Is...

'GET FUZZY' (UPS)Enlarge Image "Frank & Ernest" pummels us with the groaners. "Rhymes With Orange" and "Pickles" often like to slice their wordplay wry. And "Mother Goose" can construct days of gags built on a single punning premise. Perhaps...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 11, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Superheroes , The Morning Line  
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The Interview: Exiled Iranian Cartoonist Nik Kowsar

"I believe my cartoons are on the same frequency as to what the Iranian people are feeling," says Iranian expat cartoonist Nik Kowsar.(Courtesy of Nik Kowsar) Iranian-born political cartoonist NIK KOWSAR has been jailed because of his commentary. He...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 10, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  
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The Riff: When Refried Gags Cause Deja-Vu All Over Again

'FRANK AND ERNEST' (NEA)Enlarge Image This Riffster doesn't necessarily mind that "Frank & Ernest" traffics in old jokes. No, what really galls is when these jokes are old even within the lifespan of "Frank & Ernest." Or, put in...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Riffs  
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Best Political Cartoons This Minute: We Pick 'Em

This Riffster's favorite political cartoons this minute... 'DAVID FITZSIMMONS' (courtesy of cagle.com) 1. DEATH KINDLY STOPS FOR THEE: When memorializing Robert McNamara, many a cartoonist was quick to invoke the Grim Reaper. In its effective understatment, Fitzsimmon's was arguably...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 9, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Anatomy of a Censorship: Why a Strip Is Spiked

When Censorship Takes the A-Train... 'CANDORVILLE' (WPWG)Enlarge Image This week in "Candorville," almost nobody was offended by a cartoon that was seen by many even though it didn't run. Sound contradictory? Well, so much involving Michael Jackson can quickly...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 9, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Does 'Frazz' Have Zazz? It's Time to Defend That Toon

'FRAZZ' (UFS)Enlarge Image 'FRAZZ' (UFS)Enlarge Image Yes, fellow Riffsters, time once again to play: Defend...That... 'Toon! When The Post returned "Judge Parker" to its funnypages this year, the stay of execution perhaps adversely affected no one worse than Frazz....

By Michael Cavna  |  July 8, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon  
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Would You Censor This Cartoon?

THE MORNING LINE: The a.m. roundup of today's toons, from the verbose to the verboten... 'CANDORVILLE' (WPWG)r="0">Enlarge Image Now boarding for Controversy City. Some of Darrin Bell's best "Candorville" strips, in my humble opining, come when the spectre of...

By The Reliable Source  |  July 8, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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The Al Franken Clustertoon: Because Doggone It, People Like Them!

At first it seemed as if a couple of Al Franken cartoons were popping up with natural overlap. Then sharp-eyed comicsdc blogger Mike Rhode alerted me to a couple more and suddenly, Stuart Smalley spoof cartoons seemed to be...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 7, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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From the Good Folks Who Put the 'Meta' in Metamucil

The quickie a.m. roundup of 'toons, from the recycled goods to the adopted Dagwood... 'PICKLES' (WPWG)Enlarge Image Don't sell Earl and Opal short. Some comics featuring senior citizens dwell on gags about, oh, Metamucil; the "Pickles" pair, on the other...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 7, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Michael Jackson: The Biggest Draw of the Day?

MIKE LUCKOVICH (Atlanta Journal Constitution / cagle.com) The official Michael Jackson Public Memorial/ Global Spectacle/ Mediapalooza will be upon us today, and this Riffster can't help but think: Did Atlanta cartoonist Mike Luckovich get it right?That is: Is this...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 7, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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Today's Political Cartoon Gallery: Mark Sanford's Alpha E-Mail

Mark Sanford and Michael Jackson! The Hiker and the Moonwalker! One wept for Bubbles, the other cried for Argentina. (Or, more precisely, Maria.) Whether the art is leaning GOP or singing "PYT," here's a batch of this Riffster's favorite...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 6, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Naked Truth: Boy, We Can See What's Left Behind

THE MORNING LINE: The quickie roundup of today's toons, from the naked and the damned.... 'JUDGE PARKER' (NAS)Enlarge Image POMPOM AND CIRCUMSTANCE: At last, Sophie is validated, the Evil Cheerleaders From Dante's Ninth Circle are vanquished and the new...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 6, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Charts  
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Best of the Sunday Funnies: We Pick 'Em

The Sunday roundup, from salty language to peppery visuals... Many of the reliables delivered hilariously today, but today it boils down to these three: FAVE DIALOGUE: I'll confess, ever so often, I'll read "Get Fuzzy" for a coupla days...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 5, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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