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Comic Riffs: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con , The Animation , The Holly Word  
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'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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Holly Word , The Riffs  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General , The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line  
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'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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Superheroes  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Superheroes , The Riffs  
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'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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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