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Comic Riffs: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Rants  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General , Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Steve Breen; Steve Kelley; San Diego Union-Tribune; Dustin; Jeff Parker  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Morning Line , The Political Cartoon , The Riffs  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon , The Comic Strip  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  General , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Bill Hinds, Dan Snyder, Jeff Millar, Jim Zorn, Tank McNamara, Washington Redskins  
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