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Comic Riffs: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Inside Line: Chef Luckovich Prepares a Prime Political Cartoon

The Riffster has got to admit: One of the cool things about this job is the chance to talk process and brainstorming and creativity with some of the sharpest artists around. Yesterday afternoon, Atlanta Journal Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 1, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Morning Line , The Political Cartoon  
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Last Call: When Obama/Gates Cartoons Are All the Same Draft

Perhaps more than anything, the purest aspect of political cartooning is the ability to distill. To distill an idea, to concentrate a truth. So when you've suddenly got a "beer summit" falling into your creative lap, you root around...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 31, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Best of the 'Gates'-Gate Political Cartoons: Pick Your Fave

You've got race. You've got politics. You've got police. And now, you've even got Bud Light. For editorial cartoonists, it's a welcome perfect storm that requires more than deft punch lines. To comment properly, the story demands the cartoonist...

By The Reliable Source  |  July 31, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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Private Parts: A Laugh Built Entirely Upon Misdirection

THE MORNING LINE: The early a.m. roundup of today's toons, from directional abilities to correctional facilities... 'BEETLE BAILEY' (KFS)Enlarge Image This Riffster comes today not to bury "BEETLE BAILEY," nor to praise it. No, this is just a case...

By The Reliable Source  |  July 31, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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G.I. Joe to Salute the Troops at Andrews Air Base

The new G.I. Joe movie doesn't hit theaters till Aug. 7, but some members of the military will see it a week early. Paramount Pictures is announcing that it will screen "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" tomorrow...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 30, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General , San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes  
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Painfully Funny: The Strip That Puts the Pun in 'Punch!'

THE MORNING LINE: Back in the land of the daily funnies... 'FRANK AND ERNEST' (NEA)Enlarge Image 'DILBERT' (UFS)Enlarge Image After nearly a week in the Super-Sized Surreality of Comic-Con, it's good to step back into the comfort of the...

By The Reliable Source  |  July 30, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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Pearls of Wisdom From 3 Top Cartoonists

Cartoonists Stephan Pastis, left, Keith Knight, center, and Richard Thompson, seated. (Michael Cavna/The Washington Post) NOTE: San Diego Comic-Con the Behemoth Event has trampled out of our town, but our notebook remains mammoth. Here's another jaunty dispatch... Once this...

By The Reliable Source  |  July 29, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Keith Knight, Michael Cavna, Richard Thompson, San Diego Comic-Con, Stephan Pastis  
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Twenty Questions: What Hollywood's Comic-Con 'Sneaks' Taught Us

NOTE: Today at 11 a.m., Comic Riffs hosted a live chat about San Diego Comic-Con International 2009. At times during this year's San Diego Comic-Con International, the seemingly constant unspooling of Never-Seen-Before! Footage -- typically interspersed with Acts of Random...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 28, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  
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Comic-Con Wrap: Vote Now for Best Fan Costume

NOTE: Today at 11 a.m., join Comic Riffs for a live chat about San Diego Comic-Con International 2009. One in a series of occasional photographic forays into the world of San Diego Comic-Con 2009. Previously: Fan costume photo gallery. More...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 28, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  
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The Truest Thing You'll Read About San Diego Comic-Con. Perhaps.

Note: If you're looking to read about the glitzy side of Comic-Con -- yes, Robert Downey Jr. was genuinely cool to talk to -- or are eager to see the Top 10 Con Costumes, please check back shortly. We'll...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 27, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  
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