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Comic Riffs: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

The Demi-Post: Comedy Central's DEMETRI MARTIN Returns. Thankfully.

Comedian/musician/uber-doodler Demetri Martin has a clear influence from the world of cartooning: Gary Larson's "The Far Side." "That was the one [who] always had me laughing," Martin told Comic Riffs last year. "I could appreciate his one-liners, and some...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 4, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  | Tags: Comedy Central, Demetri Martin  
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THE TAI SHAN GOODBYE: A cartoon tribute to America's Favorite Panda

It was more than four years ago that Butterstick first melted our hearts. And at times, perhaps, our news judgment. As the "all-growed-up" Tai Shan -- aka America's Favorite Bamboo-Eater -- is crated away from the National Zoo to...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 4, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Sketchbook  | Tags: National Zoo, Tai Shan  
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THE RANT: Did the HuffPost misplace its 'funny'?

This is not a rant. It's too small for that. You could call it a "runt." That's because our highhanded and harrumphing "runt" for today involves catching up to a recent Huffington Post item that we came across some...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 3, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Comic Strip , The Rants  | Tags: Family Circus, The Huffington Post  
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THE BEST WEBCOMIC: Can 'Penny Arcade' reign? It's time to cast your final-round vote...

First off, congratulations to the webcomic-slash-cultural-powerhouse that is "Penny Arcade." In recent days, "Penny Arcade" has had twin victories to celebrate ("power to the PAX!"). First, after nearly a half-million votes, "PA" (mobilizing that mighty-mighty fanbase) led with 36...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 3, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The E-Mailbag , The Webcomic  
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THE OSCARS: Pixar's 'Up' soars to score a historic nom

Pixar's film about the original balloon boy (and his curmudgeonly friend) continues to fly to new heights. On Tuesday, the Academy -- in announcing its nominations for 2009 -- made "Up" the first CGI-animated film to be in the...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 2, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Animation , The Holly Word  | Tags: Academy Awards, Avatar, Bob Peterson, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Pixar, The Princess and the Frog, The Secret of Kelis, Up  
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'CALVIN & HOBBES': How a Cleveland reporter landed a rare interview with reclusive Bill Watterson

Nevin Martell, author of the recent book "Looking for Calvin and Hobbes," spent years trying to establish direct contact with Bill Watterson, the famously reclusive cartoonist.To no avail. John Campanelli, a features reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 1, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General , Interviews With Cartoonists  | Tags: Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes  
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"I've never regretted stopping 'Calvin and Hobbes,' " says reclusive creator in first interview in decades

Bill Watterson's tot and tiger remain irreplaceable. For years, Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes," has been the cartooning world's version of J.D. Salinger. Seemingly chagrined by all the fame-fueled curiosity into his personal...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 1, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes  
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READER PUZZLE: Why is a nude Obama ogling an iPad?

Perhaps it's because I don't speak Romanian. Or Aramaic. Or Sssnake. Whatever the reason, I confess: I absolutely do not get this cartoon by Romanian cartoonist Pavel Constantin. And I make a professional living out of "getting" cartoons --...

By Michael Cavna  |  January 31, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Apple iPad, Barack Obama, Pavel Constantin  
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