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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 01/26/2010

From Saints to would-be sinners: our Fave Five picks this minute...

By Michael Cavna

From N'awlins to New Jersey, our fave five cartoon-related picks this minute...

5. FAVE POLITICAL CARTOON O' THE DAY: In the wake of the
Supreme Court's recent ruling to remove curbs on corporate donations to political campaigns, Atlanta's Mike Luckovich deftly amends the Constitutional Convention thusly (right down to the Nike swoosh and the Preamble wording "We the Corporations"). Regardless of political preference, one can admire the craft:

lucko26.jpg Mike Luckovich / Atlanta Journal Constitution /

4. FAVE NEWS ITEM: What we have here is a Situation: If "Jersey Shore's" human cartoon characters should be allowed to garner so much publicity, then so should a Jersey Comic-Con. Now, Wizard Entertainment announces that the launch of the New Jersey Comic Con Wizard World Convention. Consider yourself warned, Snookie.

3. FAVE APPLE-RELATED CARTOON: With The Great and Powerful Jobs expected to make a Major Announcement this week (will he bring an iTablet down from Mount Apple?), 'Riffs finds this Fredo & Pid'jin cartoon well-timed in more ways than one.

2. FAVE SENTIMENT, CARTOON DIVISION: Speaking of Mike Luckovich: During an interview, he once told Comic Riffs how he started out early by caricaturing his teachers in grade school. I had to admit that I did the exact same thing. I like to think my student caricatures were always fair and sharply observed, if not kind. Mostly I recall my teachers liking them. Still, this cartoon's simple poignancy (created by the excellent Canadian cartoonist Kate Beaton) hits awful close to home.


1. FAVE SPORTS CARTOON: As a veteran of the gridiron, sports cartoonist Drew Litton is every bit as cagey as Brett Favre. Unlike the mighty Vikes QB, though, Litton successfully delivered one final strike over the weekend. Without resorting to hyperventilating hyberbole, Litton gets his apt point across:

litton26.gif Drew Litton / UFS /

By Michael Cavna  | January 26, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  The Morning Line, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Drew Litton, Fredo&Pid'jin, Mike Luckovich, New Jersey Comic Con  
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A quick google search shows that "beatonna" is the comic artist Kate Beaton.

Next time don't be so lazy.

Posted by: mokin | January 26, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday WaPo Managing Editor Raju Narisetti hosted an online Q&A session about the status of, and plans for, the Post. The following excerpt is relevant for comics fans:

Alexandria, Va.: It is great that so many WaPo editors are willing to host Q&A sessions from time to time, and even nicer that so many maintain blogs. One who has never done either, however, is the person who is in charge of the comics section. The Web site has a very nice Comic Riffs blog, but the editor never participates in it, and the fans there feel (with some justification) that their complaints go not only unanswered but also unheard. An editor's explaining "Here is what we do with the comics and why we do it that way," would be very useful in addressing those issues.

Raju Narisetti: someone in charge of the Features sections of the paper, I guess I am, ultimately, the editor responsible for the comics section as well. Glad you like Comic Riffs..its author Michael Cavna, in addition to having a day job as an editor in Style, keeps a close eye on all things comics and is actually a pretty good advocate for all the Post comics fans out there. And he still has good reporting chops and "breaks" news about any decisions we are even thinking of making about comics. So feel free to reach out to Michael via Comic Riffs for specific questions about Post comics.

I think this means that there isn't really much point in continuing to ask why Frazz is a permanent fixture in Kids' Post rather than the "regular" comics, doesn't it?

>> BLOGGER'S REPLY: >> seismic-2:

Thanks for mentioning that Q&A post. As a result of Raju's reply, I do plan -- among other things -- to re-raise The Frazz Question with Post management, if only to get a final answer.

Stay tuned,


Posted by: seismic-2 | January 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I realize this article isn't supposed to be too labor-intensive, but I must ask, for the benefit of the original artist, that #2 be attributed to Kate Beaton. She is fairly well known for her comics, and her Twitter account of "beatonna" is not her primary identity on the Internet. Her work at is.

>> BLOGGER'S REPLY >> ThatNoirGuy:

You are absolutely right. We should have credited her as her better-known identity, Kate Beaton. All the more so because we are fans. So thank you -- it's now tweaked as such.


Posted by: ThatNoirGuy | January 26, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

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