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Comic Riffs: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Morning Line  
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