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Comic Riffs: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  General  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , The Lookout  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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