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Posted at 7:05 AM ET, 09/29/2009

The 'Riffs Picks: Tuesday's Cartoon Highlights (Convention Edition)

By Michael Cavna

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, Md., over the weekend, the Ignatz Award for "Outstanding Online Comic" deservedly went to Texas native Cayetano Garza for his "YEAR OF THE RAT." No character "flits," "floofs" and "chocks" his way with a fightin' blade quite like his Mickey Mouse-earred rodent. Congrats to this comics webdesign pioneer.

4. TRANSCEN-DENTAL NOVELIZATION: At her SPX booth, Raina Telgemeier -- who's had so much success with her "Baby-Sitter's Club" graphic novelizations of the Ann M. Martin books -- shared samples of her five-year project of an autobiographical comic, "SMILE." Judging by the preview look, the graphic novel will prove very popular with young readers.

3. G-TWENTY QUESTIONS: With the G20 conference landing at his doorstep this past week, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Rob Rogers offered his entertaining G20 SKETCH BLOG.

2. "MAD" TALENT: Also over the weekend, the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society convened, and a leading light was "MAD" magazine legend and man of a million caricatures, Jack Davis -- who also happens to be one of my cartooning heroes. Here's video of Davis drawing Alfred E. Neuman -- one of three video clips from the event. (And thanks to Mike Lynch for flagging this.)

1. AWARDS GALORE: Nate Powell keeps piling up the awards like some comic-industry cross of Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and the entire "Mad Men" cast. Powell -- who had already nabbed an Eisner Award (one of three noms) and been a finalist for an L.A. Times Book Prize, bagged an Ignatz for "Best Debut Comic." His award-winning work? "SWALLOW ME WHOLE," which boasts beautiful artistry and precise dialogue. Congrats, Mr. Powell -- may the hardware keep piling up.



This offering from Patrick Chappatte, who -- fittingly -- is drawing for Le Temps in Switzerland.



This item from the Guardian (and flagged by The Daily Cartoonist's Alan Gardner):

The British daily comics about football entitled Striker finished a 24 year run by its creator Pete Nash, but The Sun, which published the cartoon apparently never informed the readers that it was ending and abruptly filled the space with "funny pictures from the internet." The result was a large amount of questions and complaints from readers asking why they could no longer find Striker in the paper.

Nash told Media that he agreed with the Sun more than a year ago that he would end the strip. He said: "I can't imagine what their motives were in not telling the readers in the paper that Striker was finishing.

"It may be that there's a deliberate reason behind it," he continued, "or it may simply be that nobody [at the Sun] remembered that Striker was ending."

By Michael Cavna  | September 29, 2009; 7:05 AM ET
Categories:  The Graphic Novel, The Morning Line, The Political Cartoon, The Webcomic  
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