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Comic Riffs: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

CONAN vs. LENO: The Fave-Five Cartoons that catch our eye this minute...

As Conan O'Brien reportedly nears a multimillion-dollar NBC payoff to vacate his "Tonight Show" set and hit the bricks, the broadcast brouhaha -- by next week -- might finally begin to die down. Until then, the acid tongues are...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 16, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno  
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Last Call for nominations: What's your pick for Best Webcomic?

On Tuesday, Comic Riffs put out the call for nominating your favorite webcomic of the past decade. Well, we've received hundreds of nominated comics -- and now, with four hours to go till the window closes, we issue a...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 15, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Webcomic  | Tags: Best Webcomic of the Past Decade  
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Should 'Sherman's Lagoon' get the hook? Time to Defend That 'Toon

This is the latest installment of "Defend That 'Toon," the reader feature sprung from the belief that in this radically shifting comics landscape, all features great and small need followers to be vocal in their fandom -- though all...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 15, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon  | Tags: Jim Toomey, Sherman's Lagoon  
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The Eight HAITI Cartoons you should see...

John Sherffius / The Boulder Camera / cagle.com Patrick Corrigan / The Toronto Star / cagle.com...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 14, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Haiti earthquake cartoons  
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How would you change the comics? A veteran editor opens a window

It's my favorite quote about newspaper cartooning that I've seen in many moons, and I think the reason is because some of the ideas are so practical, they can ring as radical. The quote comes from Dave Astor, whose...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 13, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Riffs  | Tags: Dave Astor, Editor & Publisher, Eric Millikin  
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What's your favorite Webcomic? Let the balloting begin

A funny thing happened on the way to the comics forum... Some weeks back, Comic Riffs asked readers to nominate -- and then vote on -- what they thought the "Best Comic of the Decade" was. The nominations were...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 12, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  The Webcomic  | Tags: Girl Genius, Webcomics  
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'SPIDER-MAN 4': Tobey Maguire cut loose from the webcrawler franchise

Eleven days in and it's already been an eventful year for Marvel properties. One Marvel mastermind (Stan Lee) just got Disney to invest 10% in his company; the heirs of another Marvel great (the late Jack Kirby) are in...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 11, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Holly Word  | Tags: Marvel Entertainment, Peter Parker, Sam Raimi, Sony Pictures, Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire  
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Reader Poll: Is this 'Tea Bag' Party cartoon offensive? (Bill O'Reilly thought so.)

Every time I think political cartoons might be losing even a little of their power to offend mightily -- as long as they don't malign a prophet, a pope, a president or a Palin -- along comes a new...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Mark Fiore, National Public Radio, Political Cartooning  
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Anniversary special: The 20 best things HOMER SIMPSON ever said

Even though many viewers have drifted away from regularly tuning in to the once-mighty "The Simpsons" (D'oh!), the Show That Helped Build a Network (with a nod to Tracey "Mama" Ullman) itself still stands as one of TV's great...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 10, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags: Homer Simpson, The Simpsons 20th-anniversary special  
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