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Comic Riffs: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation , The Morning Line  
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'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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Morning Line , The Political Cartoon  
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'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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Morning Line , The Riffs  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon , The Comic Strip  
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