Archive: November 2009

How soon till a newspaper dumps ALL its comics?

It's counterintuitive. It's unthinkable. It's blasphemous. And yet someday, perhaps sooner than we'd like to entertain, the prospect will be made real in print. Namely: A major newspaper that currently carries comics will, well, won't. As print papes wrestle...

By Michael Cavna | November 30, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (15)

Black Friday: Cartoons we just can't discount

Having slept off the tryptophan, the turducken and the television marathons, today we are enduring Black Friday -- America's second biggest unofficial holiday behind the Super Bowl. The chief difference between the two biggest "non-Hallmark" holidays being: On Super...

By Michael Cavna | November 27, 2009; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holiday helpings: Turkey Day cartoons we can be thankful for

Today, we will pass on mixing ACORN jokes with our chestnuts and stuffing. We will not stoop to gags about doomed turkeys wanting better "health care." And it won't be a day to trot out cheap one-liners about whether...

By Michael Cavna | November 26, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

'RIFFS PICKS: the Five Cool Links we care about this minute

THE MORNING LINE: From sweet potatoes to sweet, sweet superheroic victory, here are Comic Riffs's Fave-Five links that pique our interest this minute... 5. SOMETHING FOWL THIS WAY COMES: New Yorker cartoonist Zachary Kanin offers hard-won travel tips for...

By Michael Cavna | November 25, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

The 'Riffs Interview: WES ANDERSON introduces his fantastic 'Mr. Fox'

Mr. Fox, voiced by George Clooney, left, and Mrs. Fox, voiced by Meryl Streep, are shown in a scene from "Fantastic Mr. Fox." (Fox Searchlight Pictures) ..... When I began a personal International Animation Tour of sorts a year...

By Michael Cavna | November 24, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Break Out the Crayolas! It's the Official COLOR 'CUL DE SAC' Contest

For many readers, it's become a starkly black-and-white issue: They want to see "CUL DE SAC" in color.. So it's time to take matters into your own hands. Literally. As most of you know, Richard Thompson's Post-grown comic strip...

By Michael Cavna | November 23, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

Mike Keefe, Matt Wuerker & Ann Telnaes are honored

UPDATE: Mike Keefe responds Friday to winning the award. Over at The Daily Cartoonist, Alan Gardner reports that Denver Post political cartoonist MIKE KEEFE has just won the Berryman Award. So first let us say: Huzzahs, because Comic Riffs...

By Michael Cavna | November 20, 2009; 6:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would you downsize 'Dilbert'? Time to Defend That 'Toon

'DILBERT' (UFS)Enlarge Image In recent weeks, some 'Riffs readers have questioned why it was the Scott Adams comic strip "DILBERT." and not the homegrown "CUL DE SAC," that was chosen to remain housed in The Washington Post Magazine, where...

By Michael Cavna | November 18, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (18)

READER POLL: Does 'risqué' 'Liberty Meadows' go too far?

"LIBERTY MEADOWS" Enlarge Image The reader has a provocative point. Yesterday, 'Riffs commenter "scmonty1" had no problem with "Tank McNamara." The reader did, however, have a serious issue with Monday's "LIBERTY MEADOWS," the comic by Frank Cho (Maryland's own,...

By Michael Cavna | November 17, 2009; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (10)

REDSKINS POLL: Is this cartoon over the (goal) line?

"TANK McNAMARA" (UPS)Enlarge Image When it comes to the Bronco-bustin' Washington Redskins, is the comic "TANK McNAMARA" guilty of unnecessary roughness this weekend? Last week, we posted an item about "Tank McNamara's" skewering of the Redskins -- particularly team...

By The Reliable Source | November 15, 2009; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (5)

UPDATE: A new Congressional app for your iPhone? Artist says Apple finally bites

Kerry, McCain & Pelosi (among others), as you may never see them -- thanks to Apple. (Courtesy of Tom Richmond ) UPDATE: MAD artist Tom Richmond tells Comic Riffs this weekend that Apple has just notified him that --...

By The Reliable Source | November 15, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

You want 'CUL DE SAC' in color? Well. 'You've got to get mad'

When Richard Thompson's warm and whimsical strip "CUL DE SAC" moved into a new neighborhood recently -- migrating from its native Post Magazine to take up residence in Sunday's Arts&Style -- we were mildly shocked. Like some sort of...

By Michael Cavna | November 13, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (16)

The comic strip that ruined a friendship, rankled a newspaper and landed in court. And that was BEFORE being launched.

NOTE: With some stories, the "full disclosure" clause cannot wait till the end, like some sort of buried, "oh-by-the-way" afterthought. In this case, with this story, I'm obligated to disclose up top that I know or have known most...

By Michael Cavna | November 12, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Why do so very few comic strips bother to mark Veterans' Day?

In a time of war (or wars) and so soon after the Fort Hood tragedy, it seems especially a pity that so few comic strips bother to even take note of Veterans' Day. No, noting the holiday shouldn't feel...

By Michael Cavna | November 11, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (9)

Should We Forget 'Fuzzy'? Time to Defend (& Commend) That 'Toon

Bucky Katt's backhanded insults: The feisty feline can certainly make a racket, if not wield one. (United Feature Syndicate) Some readers have asked Comic Riffs why features that are generally acknowledged to be "more popular" still need to be...

By Michael Cavna | November 10, 2009; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (30)

REDSKINS: Ex-'Sports Jerk' Dan Snyder takes a satiric sacking -- again. The cartoonist explains why

NOTE: This post, originally published Sunday, has been updated to include a short Q&A with "Tank McNamara" co-creator Jeff Millar. A safe-for-prime-time "replacement" strip from "Tank" last August. "TANK McNAMARA" Enlarge Comic The path toward becoming a national laughingstock...

By Michael Cavna | November 9, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (15)

Remembering Comic-Con co-founder Shel Dorf

In this June 29, 2006 picture, Sheldon Dorf holds a Dick Tracy comic book in Ocean Beach, Calif. (AP Photo / San Diego Union Tribune) I met Shel Dorf just once, in the mid-'90s in San Diego, but boy,...

By The Reliable Source | November 7, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Henry Allen speaks: When the reader reaches a tipping point

When the Comics Reach the Readers' Tipping Point NOTE TO READERS: In the wake of recent newsroom events, more than a few readers have urged and encouraged Comic Riffs to re-post this rant, which was first published two weeks...

By Michael Cavna | November 5, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (19)

Have a favorite cartoonist video? Show us your links

More and more, Comic Riffs is sent video. Or rather, video links. Here's a cartoonist peddling a book. Here's a cartoonist inking a panel. And oh look, here's a cartoonist inking a panel at a comic-con while telling amusing...

By Michael Cavna | November 3, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should 'Red and Rover' roll over? Time to Defend That 'Toon

'RED AND ROVER' (WPWG)Enlarge Image Ever since Comic Riffs asked readers the other day what strip they would move to KidsPost -- so "Frazz" could return to the daily comics page -- one of the most mentioned features after...

By Michael Cavna | November 2, 2009; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (37)

RT This, Roland: 'Doonesbury' to Get a Major Change in The Post

src="http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/interactives/citizenkstreet/lightbox/js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects"> "Doonesbury": Back with flying colors. (UPS) Enlarge Comic First The Washington Post pulled a trick on loyal "DOONESBURY" readers. Now, for the second straight week, fans of Garry Trudeau's satirical strip get a welcome treat, especially in light...

By Michael Cavna | November 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

 
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