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Comic Riffs: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Should 'Pickles' be canned? Time to Defend That 'Toon

Enlarge Comic. "PICKLES," as much as any strip this side of "Peanuts," summons thoughts of the holidays. That's because for me, Earl and Opal, quite literally, are practically family. Within my extended kin, we have a long-married pair of...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 3, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Brian Crane, Pickles  
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'Riffs Picks: From Tiger's 'Transgressions' to the Salahis' Confessions

From Escalade crashers to accused party crashers, here are today's top picks... So this morning, Tiger Woods essentially admitted, in standard PR parlance, to affairs. And all my mind can go back to is what Tiger told me in...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 2, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Morning Line , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Bruce Beattie, Jen Sorensen, Michael Jordan, Mike Luckovich, Steve Breen, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, Tiger Woods  
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The Salahi Sketch: How a pro cartoonist 'crashes' deadline like an uninvited guest

If journalism is the first draft of history, then a breaking-news editorial cartoon is, at best, history's first scrawled blueprint. And therein, sometimes, lies a great deal of fun. While speaking recently at a national high school journalism conference,...

By Michael Cavna  |  December 1, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon , The Sketchbook  | Tags: Tareq and Michaele Salahi; Jason Campbell; Jim Zorn; Michael Cavna  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  
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