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Comic Riffs: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes , The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes , The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line  
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'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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Superheroes , The Political Cartoon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes , The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line , The Political Cartoon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Superheroes , The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General , The Political Cartoon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line , The Political Cartoon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes , The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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