Archive: October 2009

Riffs' Picks: The five scariest Halloween links this minute...

THE FRIDAY LINE: From tee-offs to teed-off, here are today's most frightening cartoon links, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE -- AND BEYOND: On Thursday night's show, Stephen Colbert ran a terrifying --...

By Michael Cavna | October 30, 2009; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

The next cartoon superstar? Pick your favorite NEW comic strip here

Ah, I love the smell of new talent in the morning. Word comes from Andrews McMeel Publishing, sponsoring a contest by Amazon, that the 10 finalists have been named in the Comic Strip Superstar contest. And I must say:...

By Michael Cavna | October 29, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

Calling all comics readers: To save 'Frazz,' what strip should we send to KidsPost?

'FRAZZ' (UFS)Enlarge Image The "FRAZZ" drumbeat swells in volume again. All this week, Jef Mallett's comic has been AWOL on the KidsPost page. And numerous readers want to know where the #$@! it is. Well, Riffsters, that's a #$&!...

By Michael Cavna | October 29, 2009; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (50)

The Post's 'Doonesbury' shrinkage: winning the Battle of Inch-On

'DOONESBURY' (UPS)Enlarge Image For the good of cartooning, we'll take even small victories. And by small, we mean a mere 7 picas wide. When The Post rolled out its print redesign this month, "Doonesbury" -- relocated to Style's Page-2...

By Michael Cavna | October 28, 2009; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (7)

Do You Like Living With 'Curtis'? Time to Defend That 'Toon

Enlarge Comic On Monday night at the Kennedy Center, as a procession of performers spoke in tribute to Bill Cosby, they enumerated the reasons why "The Cosby Show" was every bit as groundbreaking as Cosby's "I Spy" was two...

By Michael Cavna | October 27, 2009; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (20)

Playing the Palace: Hours back from Iraq, top cartoonists share tales of a USO tour

I'm sitting in a hotel bar-and-grille that's so close to Virginia's Dulles International Airport, the hotel's walls have flight-time boards that flicker like mood lighting in the lobby. The mood at my table is a bit more subdued. Until,...

By Michael Cavna | October 24, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A salute to Monty Python animation? This blogpost most assuredly is SPAM

The joy in celebrating Monty Python's brilliant high-jinks is not dead yet. All this week, IFC has been saluting the comedy troupe's 40th anniversary by airing the swell new six-part docuseries, "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)"...

By Michael Cavna | October 23, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Riffs Picks: From the Washington Dreadskins cartoon to Comics Volunteerism week, today's top contenders

Do not adjust your set, your settings or your funnypages. As you've probably noticed by now, volunteerism is running rampant in the comics this week -- and by that, we don't just mean the meddlesome Keane kids "drawing" "Family...

By Michael Cavna | October 21, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (5)

'Riffs Picks: From iPhone art to the 'Addams Family' obit, today's eye-catching images

THE RIFF: Taking care of cartooning's breakout hits... In comics, the '80s are remembered by many with a halycyon glow, thanks especially to a trio of beacons: the brilliant creative lights who launched the masterworks "Calvin and Hobbes," "Bloom County"...

By Michael Cavna | October 20, 2009; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (13)

Should 'Pearls' be cast before swine? Time to Defend That 'Toon

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE: Oh, Rat leaves his mark all right. (UFS)Enlarge Comic. Now that cartoonist Stephan Pastis is out of the country and otherwise preoccupied, haha -- something about visiting troops in the Persian Gulf and whatnot -- the...

By Michael Cavna | October 19, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (42)

Maurice Sendak Day: From Page to Screen, Appreciating the 'Wild Things' Spirit

Some of the greatest authors ever to write for children have a telling trait in common: They do not sugarcoat childhood. Rather, childhood is a wild thing to be stripped of saccharine sentiment and told plain and straight and...

By Michael Cavna | October 17, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

'Riffs Picks: Where Balloon Boy and Other Wild Things Are

THE MORNING LINE: From Blondie's bed-hopping to Balloon Boy's panic-in-the-attic, today's fave cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. DRAWN TO THE FRONT LINES: First off, Comic Riffs applauds the cartoonists who support the troops -- personally. The...

By Michael Cavna | October 16, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Riffs Picks: From Brylcreem Daydreams to a Premature Pulitzer, Today's Fave Toons

THE MORNING LINE: From one lost Man in Khaki to the Pre-Pulitzer Prize, today's fave cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 4. WHEN SUDDENLY, THE "PICKLES" FAMILY POOCH GOT GINORMOUS: Making a swell cameo in today's "PICKLES" strip...

By Michael Cavna | October 15, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (5)

Poll: From Sarah Palin to Michelle Obama--Which Female Icon's Story Would You Most Want to Read?

"FEMALE FORCE" salutes four women leaders. (Bluewater Productions ) A new trade-paperback comic lands today, picturing a foursome you might never see so chummily assembled in real life. The "Female Force" bio-comic series has previously featured these four icons,...

By The Reliable Source | October 14, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

The 'Herblock!' Show: Cartoonists, Library of Congress Pay Tribute on Legend's 100th Birthday

The Library of Congress's exhibit "Herblock!" (opening today) celebrates the late political cartoonist Herb Block on his 100th birthday. (Doree Lovell) You stroll among these freshly mounted, never-before-displayed original drawings at the Library of Congress and you are struck...

By Michael Cavna | October 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Should 'Tank McNamara' Be Cut From the Team? Time to Defend That 'Toon

TANK McNAMARA Enlarge Comic Time once again to Defend...That...Toon: Much has changed since "TANK McNAMARA" first traded in his NFL shoulder pads for a broadcaster's jacket back in the days of Don Shula and Dick Butkus and the crew-cut...

By Michael Cavna | October 12, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (23)

'Riffs Picks: From the Nobel's Nervy 'Tude to a TV Superstar in the Nude--Today's Catchy Cartoons

THE SATURDAY MORNING QUICKIE: From Marge Simpson in the buff to Obama's Nobel guff, today's most eye-catching cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. The Nobel Obama cartoons came forth like a hard rain. Perhaps one of the...

By Michael Cavna | October 10, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

'Riffs Interview: As 'SNL' Satirizes Nobel-Winning Obama, Is Mike Luckovich Ready to Go Down That Same Road?

MIKE LUCKOVICH: Obama is "smart and smooth -- he's a hard guy to satirize." The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Pulitzer-winning cartoonist, MIKE LUCKOVICH, quickly honed in on his Barack Obama caricature during last year's campaign. What's been slower to evolve...

By Michael Cavna | October 9, 2009; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Riffs' Picks: From Genesis to an Editor's Exodus, Today's Fave Five Cartoons

THE MORNING LINE: From holier-than-thou editors to R. Crumb's adventures in Eden, today's Fave Five cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. THE FIRST SWINE OF DEFENSE: As is so often its wont, today's "PEARL BEFORE SWINE"...

By Michael Cavna | October 8, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

Color Me Curious: Where Should 'Cul de Sac' Reside on Sundays?

In the 1999 film "The Muse," the deadpan comic Steven Wright -- playing a loser cousin of Steven Spielberg's -- shares with Albert Brooks's character a would-be nugget of golden advice: Consider making films in color, he intones. "The...

By Michael Cavna | October 7, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (15)

Riffs' Picks: From Late-Night TV to the Idiot Box, Today's Fave Five Cartoons

THE MORNING LINE: From Late-Night TV to the Idiot Box, here are today's favorite cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... Facing the unforgiving spectre of a cartoon deadline, sometimes you inadvertently discover things. Under the pressure of...

By Michael Cavna | October 6, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Should 'Family Circus' Remain in Our Inner Circle? Time to Defend That Toon

'FAMILY CIRCUS' (KFS)Enlarge Image In a somewhat unusual move, I'd like to begin today's edition of "Defend That 'Toon" by addressing FAMILY CIRCUS creator BIL KEANE directly to say a few words. First off, just let me say: Happy...

By Michael Cavna | October 5, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (26)

'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 | Comments (10)

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 | Comments (2)

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 | Comments (16)

 
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