Archive: August 2009

The Six Disney/Marvel Projects We Most Fear...

My, but there's panic in the streets of Fanville. Disney lovers fear that Cinderella will run off with Iron Man. And Marvel lovers worry that Winnie-the-Pooh's new glum sidekick will be "Ee-Thor," and that Doctor "Doc" Who will be...

By Michael Cavna | August 31, 2009; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Fantastic Four-Billion! Disney Buys Marvel in Mondo Deal

Spidey, Storm and Iron Man have just joined forces with one of the universe's superheroes who is even more powerful than themselves: Uncle Walt. Walt Disney Co. has just acquired Marvel Entertainment comics for $4-billion, the Associated Press is...

By Michael Cavna | August 31, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

The 'Extract' Interview: Filmmaker Mike Judge After 'Office Space'

MIKE JUDGE's newest film almost didn't survive the bombing. From "Beavis & Butt-Head" to a still-new "King of the Hill," Judge had been an animator for the better of a decade when, in 1999, he made the transition to...

By Michael Cavna | August 29, 2009; 3:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ted Kennedy: A Life Remembered Through Political Cartoons

Over decades in Congress, Ted Kennedy was a friend to the afflicted, the downtrodden, the huddled masses yearning for a good idea. In other words, in this case: America's political cartoonists. From triumphs to tragedies, Kennedy -- who cartoonists...

By Michael Cavna | August 28, 2009; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Should 'Peanuts' Get Shelled? Time to Defend That 'Toon

'PEANUTS' (UFS)Enlarge Image Time once again, Riffsters, to defend that 'toon... In terms of feeling torn, perhaps no strip tugs at my allegiances quite like "Peanuts." Most comics fans can reach consensus that Charles "Sparky" Schulz's creation was one...

By Michael Cavna | August 26, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (48)

O, How Do We Miss 'Calvin & Hobbes'? Let Us Count the (Lazy) Days

Teaser from DMW on Vimeo. Upon announcing the end of "Opus" last year, Berkeley Breathed reflected on the health and welfare of the funnypages: "The last newspaper cartoon character invented, destined to be a true, ubiquitous American household word,...

By The Reliable Source | August 25, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

The Riffys: Betty, Veronica and the Colbert Sandwich

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cThe Word - Arch Enemieswww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorHealth Care Protests Sometimes great minds and your humble blogger -- overcoming the longest of odds -- think alike. And in this rare case,...

By Michael Cavna | August 22, 2009; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Trailer Cometh: 'Avatar' Producer Jon Landau Talks Blue Skin & White-Hot Hopes

"Avatar" producer Jon Landau embraces star Zoe Saldana at July's San Diego Comic-Con 2009 (Shea Walsh/AP Images for Ubisoft) For years, mention of writer-director James Cameron's much-anticipated 3-D sci-fi project, "AVATAR" was often followed by two other words: "Game...

By Michael Cavna | August 21, 2009; 7:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

How to Become the Next Comics Superstar: Apply Within

THE MORNING LINE... This Riffster's long maintained that what cartooning could use, as much as anything, is its own version of "American Idol" -- say, an online talent competition by which fans could vote on three-minute "pencil test" YouTube clips,...

By The Reliable Source | August 20, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (8)

The Poll: Whom Should Archie Get Busy With, Conjugally Speaking: Betty or Veronica?

If there's one thing this Riffster learned from allll the feedback to my "Archie's Arch Rivals" piece for The Post, it's that even folks who haven't cared about the Archie comic since the word "jalopy" was still in common...

By Michael Cavna | August 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

The Interview: Archie Comics EIC Victor Gorelick

Veronica, Archie and Betty: They enjoy sharing a float and a sandwich. (AP Photo/Archie Comic Publications) When you spend a half-century at arguably the oldest humor comics firm in America, you pick up a little something. Or rather, at...

By Michael Cavna | August 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

On the Lookout: Calling All Links From Your Favorite 'Toons...

Here at the home office of Comic Riffs, we'd like to introduce a new feature called simply THE LOOKOUT, which will be exactly as it sounds: Every day, Comic Riffs will be on the lookout for links to that...

By Michael Cavna | August 18, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

Your Pick: What 'Doctor' Strip Would You Add to The Post's Pages?

'BIG NATE' (NEA)Enlarge Image It's not enough that "BIG NATE" is a well-crafted comic. No, now Lincoln Peirce has to tantalize us with comics that hold the promise of being far, far better than some of what's now on...

By The Reliable Source | August 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Should 'Mark Trail' Take a Hike? Time to Defend That 'Toon

Pell-mell arrives the "other woman," Kelly Welly. (NAS) Enlarge Comic. DEFEND THAT 'TOON: This week's victim: "Mark Trail" It's the comic pages' version of a large nuclear cockroach, which is rather fitting given how many ginormous foregrounded creatures populate...

By Michael Cavna | August 17, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (39)

Driving (Me Crazy) Test: Who's This VIP at the DMV?

THE MORNING LINE: The a.m. roundup of today's toons, from the cunning to the punning... 'ZITS' (KFS)Enlarge Image DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION: The gag is fine and good in today's "Zits," but my apologies: I'm utterly and absolutely distracted by the...

By The Reliable Source | August 17, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Five Things I'm Still Caring About Come Saturday...

It's Saturday, officially the day to mentally "empty-to-trash" so much of what freighted and weighted down your workweek. As I rouse and reflect, here are Five Comical Things This Riffster's Still Caring About... 1. MAKES A GOOD DOORSTOP: Some...

By Michael Cavna | August 15, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Handicapping: Just How Well With 'District 9' Do This Weekend?

Incredible buzz at San Diego Comic-Con. Mostly glowing reviews since Comic-Con. And the serious-clout imprint of Peter Jackson as producer. It would be hard for the sci-fi social satire "District 9" to have much more going for it, as...

By Michael Cavna | August 14, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lasseter Celebrates 'Ponyo' Creator Hayao Miyazaki

The Great Hayao Miyazaki-san & the men of Disney/Pixar. Immediately to the right of Miyazaki is Pixar founder John Lasseter. (Michael Cavna/The Washington Post) When the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki took the stage last month at cavernous "Fanboy...

By Michael Cavna | August 14, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

'Family Guy': Scenes From an Off-Color 'Table Read'

'Family Guy': Peter, Lois (with Stewie), Meg (on ground), Chris & Brian. (AP Photo/FOX) Wednesday night in Hollywood, the much-ballyhooed event was the "table read" of a "Family Guy" episode -- which shall remain unaired -- that deals with...

By Michael Cavna | August 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will Hollywood Players Get Addicted to the 'Year of the Toy'?

This is more than a tin-soldiered skirmish. Hollywood has committed a bold and clear act of regression. "Transformers." "G.I. Joe." And now, this week, perhaps, the wee and humble LEGO. The producers who bankroll many of our blockbusters have...

By Michael Cavna | August 13, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Not Your Everyday Gratuitous 'Twilight' Roundup

'FEMALE FORCE' (Bluewater Productions) As November's release of the "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" draws nigh, expect those Twilight tie-ins to strike as quickly as Edward Cullen's canine teeth. Among the post-Comic-Con announcements is the news that Bluewater Productions...

By Michael Cavna | August 13, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Coming Online: Free Tickets to 'Avatar's' IMAX Trailer

GEEK BUZZING... News from across the transom of comics culture... At San Diego Comic-Con, James Cameron excitedly shouted to the 6,000-some fanboys in cavernous Hall H that Aug. 21 would be an "Avatar" Day -- on which footage from his...

By Michael Cavna | August 13, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Halle Berry, Mila Kunis and...Jeremy Duncan?

THE MORNING LINE: The early a.m. roundup of today's toons, from birthday wishes to deathwishes... 'ZITS' (KFS)Enlarge Image ZITS: Tomorrow, our boy Jeremy is "all growed up." Yessir, it's the Duncan dude's sweet sixteenth Friday, and who knows what mature...

By The Reliable Source | August 13, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

'District 9' to 'Ponyo': What New Film Will You Catch First?

Apartheid extraterrestrials? Shape-shifting goldfish? Suddenly, the notion of a mere time-travelin' hubby sounds relatively plausible given the other mind-bending film offerings this Friday -- one of the year's more crowded weekends for fans of fantasy. The South African-set "DISTRICT...

By Michael Cavna | August 12, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (10)

Keeping Score: Who's NOT Running This Week's 'Tank'?

A Scoring Update From Scuttled Comic-Strips Land... Today's Official Quiz Question: When it comes to comics, what do The Washington Post and the San Diego Union-Tribune have in common? Yes, yes, both newspapers have run my staff cartoons in the...

By The Reliable Source | August 12, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tangled Web: Of Online Meltdowns & Comical Curmudgeons

'BREWSTER ROCKIT' (TMS)Enlarge Image "Brewster Rockit" creator TIM RICKARD told Comic Riffs last year: "To broaden the strip a bit, I started using current news or cultural events as material. From global warming, to the economy, to illegal aliens...

By Michael Cavna | August 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mission to North Korea: Who Draws 'Lil Kim Best?

KIM JONG-IL just might be a Nukes-Toting Murderous Sick-and-Sickly Napoleon-Complexing Megalomaniacal Demi-Dr.-Evil Dictator With a Don King 'Do, but we've got to give him this: He's an utter joy for many political cartoonists to draw. On the (lifted) heels...

By Michael Cavna | August 11, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

Geek Buzz: Spidey's Broadway Bucks & Spielberg's 'Halo' Hopes

GEEK BUZZING: Random names and news crossing the transom of comics culture... A cartoon version of Stan Lee poses with his creation.Enlarge Comic Some high-profile superhero projects need a big name; others just need the big bucks. In New...

By Michael Cavna | August 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Riff: Why 'G.I. Joe' Could Be a 'Game'-Changer

: Paramount refused to screen "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" for most mainstream movie critics and now I have a pretty good idea why. "G.I. Joe" is not a movie. Oh, "G.I. Joe" has all the recognizable traditional...

By Michael Cavna | August 10, 2009; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

'Dick Cheney' Orders a Hit on Michael Vick: Why YOU Won't See It

Today is the day that Dick Cheney advises the NFL to kill Michael Vick -- the start of a satiric fictional storyline that, like a blindside sack or shooting accident, you just won't see coming. At least not in...

By Michael Cavna | August 10, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (13)

Quick Hit: 'Iron Man 2's' Sam Rockwell Discusses His Call to Arms

This time around, Jon Favreau had just a wee bit bigger role to offer Sam Rockwell. Eight years ago, Rockwell played an uncredited hotel clerk in the Favreau-directed "Made." This time out, though, Favreau called on the actor to...

By Michael Cavna | August 8, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

So Many Characters So Pretty in Pink. John Hughes, May You R.I.P

THE MORNING LINE: The early a.m. roundup of today's 'toons, from the fleshy to the flashy... I know, I knowww. I just HAD to go and bring it up yesterday. Apologies, because in today's strips, it seems most everyone's...

By The Reliable Source | August 7, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (9)

The Interview: 'Zits' Co-Creator Jerry Scott

JERRY SCOTT knows about a little something about teenagers reaching driving age. For inspiration, he need only look out on his window of his San Luis Obispo home, even if he's as apt to find his elder daughter on...

By Michael Cavna | August 6, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Quick Q&A: 'Iron Man 2's' Scarlett Johansson Totally Understands Fanboy Skepticism

THE HOLLY WORD: "Iron Man 2" Week continues here at Comic Riffs, during which we've rolled out some of our favorite quotes from cast members who spoke at San Diego Comic-Con. In terms of conquering-hero popularity, Robert Downey Jr....

By Michael Cavna | August 6, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Reader Contest: Time to Do Your Best Hair-Raising LIO

Little Lio chooses Seth McFarlane over V.T. Hamlin. (UPS)Enlarge Comic Grab your mousse, Wite-Out and camera. It's time to do your best Lio. Mark Tatulli -- the man and mind behind the strip "Lio" -- and Universal UClick are...

By The Reliable Source | August 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

'Hello, Beautiful': How Long Till 'Obama the Joker' Posters Show Up Outside 1600 Penn?

This morning, Comic Riffs wrote about Heath Ledger's final act of art -- which was not an Oscar-winning performance, but rather an animated short. Still, of course, his Joker creation in "The Dark Knight" will stand as one of...

By Michael Cavna | August 5, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Quick Hit: 'Iron Man 2's' Don Cheadle Revs Up the War Machine

THE HOLLY WORD: Comic Riffs does A Week-Long Look at "Iron-Man 2"... It's a shame for Terrence Howard that he got bounced from the "Iron Man" franchise, because by the looks of early footage, the super-suited War Machine could...

By Michael Cavna | August 5, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Text Ths Fnny Car2n? LOL!

THE MORNING LINE: The a.m. roundup of print cartoons, from the vexing to the Texting... For political cartoonists, some subjects spring eternally fertile. The cost of health care. Civil liberties. Bank fees. And the ability of human texting habits to...

By The Reliable Source | August 5, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

Geek Buzz: See Heath Ledger's Final Project; but There's No Seeing 'G.I. Joe'

GEEK BUZZ: Random news and names now crossing the transom of comics culture... "The Dark Knight," it turns out, wasn't Heath Ledger's last act of art. The late Aussie actor -- who won a posthumous Oscar this year for...

By Michael Cavna | August 5, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

President Obama: Happy Birther to You!

What's that? You just realized today is President Obama's birthday and you forgot to pick up that just-right card (or that just-left card, depending on your political persuasion)? Well fortunately, your friendly political cartoonists have been on the case...

By Michael Cavna | August 4, 2009; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Iranian Cartoonists Plan to Boycott Famed Biennial

More than 100 Iranian cartoonists have drawn a line. In the sand. According to Nik Kowsar, an exiled Iranian political cartoonist now living near Toronto, many of his colleagues have decided to boycott the Ninth Tehran International Cartoon Biennial,...

By Michael Cavna | August 4, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Last Call: The Beer-Summit Cartoons Runneth Over

MORNING LINE: The a.m. roundup of newspaper cartoons, from ice-cream shops to the audacity of hops ... When he reigns, it pours. With Obama convening last week's "beer summit" as the First Bartender (someone strike up "Hail to the...

By The Reliable Source | August 4, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Quick Hit: Robert Downey Jr. Talks 'Iron Man 2'

THE HOLLY WORD: Today's featured quote from the Hollywood vine... In San Diego, I got the chance to ask ROBERT DOWNEY Jr. what his working relationship with director Jon Favreau was like on the set of the recently wrapped...

By Michael Cavna | August 4, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Geek Buzz: 'Wimpy Kid' Casting; Wolverine's Sharp Notes

GEEK BUZZING: Random names and news crossing the transom of comics culture... Enlarge Image "Sarah Silverman" veteran, meet your co-star: an alum from "Saving Silverman." As casting moves full speed ahead on the film "Diary of a Wimpy Kid,"...

By Michael Cavna | August 4, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Jon Favreau: How the 'Iron Man 2' Director Uses Twitter

I'm not as fascinated by Twitter as much as I am by how artists use Twitter. Many stars, "personalities" and demi-celebs prove themselves clueless at micro-blogging. Then there are those creators, though, who use it to great and smart...

By Michael Cavna | August 3, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are You @#$& Kidding Me? The Best Comics Curser Is...

THE MORNING LINE: The a.m. roundup of today's 'toons, from the potty-mouthed to the naughty-mouthed... 'BABY BLUES' (KFS)Enlarge Image 'BIG NATE' (UFS)Enlarge Image Up until at least the dawn of PhotoShop and the Wacom tablet, the greatest invention in comics...

By The Reliable Source | August 3, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (9)

Geek Buzzing: 'Galactica,' 'True Blood' and...'Harvey'?

GEEK BUZZ: Random names and news crossing the transom of comics culture... The Television Critics Association named the Syfy channel's "Battlestar Galactica" the "program of the year" over the weekend and HBO's "True Blood" was chosen "best new program,"...

By Michael Cavna | August 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

THIS JUST IN: 'Zits' Creators Will Let Their Teen Boy Age

'ZITS' (King Features Syndicate) As the big-footed teenager Jeremy Duncan might say: "Sweet!" As in Sixteen. Tomorrow, King Features will officially announce that Jeremy -- who's been 15 years old since the popular strip "ZITS" launched in 1997 --...

By Michael Cavna | August 2, 2009; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

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 | Comments (1)

 
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