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Comic Riffs: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Strip of the Week: Supersize Your Comics Complaint

In a fairly inspired week of comic strippage, one strip stood out from the rest... 'DOONESBURY' (UPS)Enlarge Image This week's Riffy Award for Strip O' the Week goes to "DOONESBURY," which tackled the sticky matter of the Incredible Ever-Shrinking...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 18, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Rants , The Riffs  
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Is 'Dennis' Merely a Menace? Time to Defend That 'Toon

Yes, 'Riffs readers, time once again to play: Defend...That...Toon! 'DENNIS THE MENACE' (KFS) Just how old is Dennis the Menace? Well in theory, this "lovable" mischievous scamp is a perpetual 5-year-old. By real-life applications of Actual Time Measurement, though,...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 17, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon  
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At One Certain Syndicate, Love and Loss Are King

THE MORNING LINE: The early a.m. roundup of today's 'toons, from the lovelorn to the lack of juris prudence... Today's test: Gaze across these four strips and find two elements they have in common: : HAGAR THE HORRIBLE' (KFS)Enlarge...

By The Reliable Source  |  July 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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'Cul de Sac's' Richard Thompson Shares Some Personal News

"Cul de Sac's" Richard Thompson (Courtesy of Richard Thompson) If you're a true Richard Thompson fan, as I am, you read his "Cul de Sac" -- with all its warmth and gentleness and keenly observed sense of human nature...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 16, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General , San Diego Comic-Con  
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The Sotomayor Hearings: Is This Cartoon Offensive?

'BILL BRAMHALL' (courtesy of New York Daily News) Over at the excellent "The Daily Cartoonist" blog, Alan Gardner spotlights the controversy surrounding a New York Daily News editorial cartoon. The New York State chapter of the National Organization for...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 16, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag , The Political Cartoon  
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Look the Doors, Hide the Tykes! The Comics Are In Heat

THE MORNING LINE: The early a.m. roundup of today's 'toons, from the salacious to the rapacious... 'BREWSTER ROCKIT' (TMS)Enlarge Image BREWSTER ROCKIT: Take a tip, Frank. That means you, too, Ernest. Tim Rickard gets today's nod for organic Pun...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Political Cartoon Gallery: From Sotomayor to Cyber-Kim

North Korean cyber warfare, Jong-Il 2.0 style. General Motors's financial "return." And entire days of Sonia Sotomayor hearings, from soup to nunchuks. Each can spark its own form of trepidation. And, fortunately, its own fertile humor. Here are five...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 15, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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The Top Five 'SpongeBob' Episodes: We Pick 'Em

As "SpongeBob SquarePants" celebrates its 10th anniversary this month -- marked partly by tonight's VH1 documentary "Square Roots" -- Comic Riffs discussed some of its favorite episodes with creator Stephen Hillenburg and Tom Kenny, the voice behind the sponge....

By Michael Cavna  |  July 14, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Animation  
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The Interview: 'SpongeBob' Creator Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg (Reuters/Luis Enrique Ascui) Tom Kenny, who voices the character of "SpongeBob SquarePants," says the show's creator, STEVE HILLENBURG, is a prime lesson in the importance of following your passions. Hillenburg was working as a marine biologist, but...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Animation  
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The Comic Riffs Anniversary Gift: Telling Quotes From Top Cartoonists

It only fully dawned on me several hours ago: The ever-humble, still-sprightly Comic Riffs blog is officially turning 1-year-old. Like, today. Hitting that milestone wasn't always a foregone conclusion, so the blog tips its proverbial cap to the thousands...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 13, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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Sarah Palin: Is She a 'Quitter'?

So now would-be "second dude" Levi Johnston is attempting to slap-shot departing guv Sarah Palin, contending that she's bailing on the governor's gig to catch the Money Train before it pulls out of the Wasilla station. And the latest...

By The Reliable Source  |  July 13, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Morning Quickie: When Primal Urges Predominate

THE MORNING LINE: The quickie a.m. roundup of 'toons, from testosteroned dudes to pheromoned pugilists... 'GET FUZZY' (UPS)Enlarge Image GET FUZZY: The mere coinage of "cato a dogo" has me at, well, "hola." But the last panel is particularly...

By The Reliable Source  |  July 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Iron-Man to Otterloop: San Diego Comic-Con Announces Its Schedule

DAVE GIBBONS on Graphic Novels in the Digital Age. The legendary STAN LEE on his new digital motion comic series "Time Jumper." MATT FRACTION on the "Mondo Marvel" universe. And a spotlight on comic-stripper RICHARD THOMPSON. San Diego Comic-Con...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 12, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  
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Best of the Sunday Funnies: We Pick 'Em

The Sunday morning roundup of 'toons, from beached whales to pantless waterfowl... FAVE PSEUDO-FACT DU JOUR: "PICKLES" gets some swell comic mileage out of the ol' myth that a Pantless Donald Duck is -- as Popeye might pun --...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 12, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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