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Comic Riffs: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

'Riffs Picks: From Superman to Letterman, Today's Cartoon Contenders

THE SATURDAY MORNING QUICKIE: From Superman to Letterman, Comic Riffs's favorite five cartoons today, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. IF YOU DON'T GET IT, YOU DON'T GET IT: Every now and again, even the Trained Professional...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 3, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The Animation , The Comic Strip , The Morning Line  
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The 'Riffs Interview: Tom Tomorrow Is High on Drawing for Kids & Rock Stars. The Future of Alt-Cartoons, Not So Much.

A self-portrait by Tom Tomorrow. TOM TOMORROW calls it his "up and down" year, and so far, has it ever been: At the beginning of '09, his alt-political cartoon feature "This Modern World" was bleeding newspaper clients; by summer,...

By Michael Cavna  |  October 2, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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The E-Mailbag: Will 'Cul de Sac' Move Again -- & Are Comic Rates Being Cut?

Time for a coupla recent inquiries from the Riffs Reader e-mailbag... 1. Commenter "Jam893" asks: QUESTION: "I am hearing of a disturbing trend for cartoonists, their creators and the syndicates. Rate/fee concessions to keep a strip in a paper....

By Michael Cavna  |  October 1, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag  
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'Family Guy' Satirizes Post Political Cartooning -- But Toles Truly Makes Us Laff

Because we here at Comic Riffs are absolute Pavlovian suckers for anything in pop culture that combines the words "Washington Post" and "cartoon," we laughed at this "Family Guy" aside over the weekend -- even if it bears no...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 30, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General , The Animation , The Holly Word , The Political Cartoon  
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Does 'Cul de Sac' Feel Right at Home? Time to Defend That 'Toon

Once again, it's time to Defend...That...'Toon: CUL DE SAC: (UPS)Enlarge Comic Some comic characters, you can read for seeming eons and they never, ever draw nearer to your heart. Then, at the other end of the aortic spectrum, are...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 30, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon  
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The 'Riffs Picks: Tuesday's Cartoon Highlights (Convention Edition)

THE MORNING LINE: From sparkling debuts to stellar legends, here are today's 'Riffs Picks for Cartoon Highlights(Special Convention Edition), culled from both personal appearances and the mighty mighty Web... 5. "RAT" PACK: At the Small Press Expo in Bethesda,...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 29, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Graphic Novel , The Morning Line , The Political Cartoon , The Webcomic  
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'Riffs Picks: Rall to Raina--Highlights From This Year's SPX

Fantagraphics to the left of me! Top Shelf to the right of me! From friends to roamin' fans to cartoonists, the Small Press Expo (SPX) event over the weekend in Bethesda, Md., was thick was enthusiasm and talent --...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 28, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General , The Comic Book , The Graphic Novel , The Political Cartoon  
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Tonight's 'Cleveland Show' Debut Marks McFarlane's Domination

"THE CLEVELAND SHOW" TRAILER: Fox TV bills its new Sunday night lineup as Animation Domination, but tonight's debut of "The Cleveland Show" more truly marks a new phase: McFarlane Domination. And tonight's premiere (update: to view the full episode,...

By Michael Cavna  |  September 27, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Animation , The Comic Strip  
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