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Comic Riffs: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

$uperheroes: Not all fans put currency in the million-dollar sale

"This sale is groundbreaking," says a comics dealer who helped conduct the transaction. (ComicConnect.com / AP) With the twin million-dollar comic-book sales this week, some collectibles officials touted the deals as game-changers. Yet not all comic-book fans were so...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 27, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  | Tags: Batman, Scott McCloud, Superman  
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BREAKING: Holy Outta-Control! Batman comic breaks record in million-dollar sale

(Heritage Auction Galleries / AP) Well that record didn't last long. Just three days after a Superman issue became the first comic book ever to sell for a million dollars, a Batman comic book sold today at auction --...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 25, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags: Batman, Detective Comics No. 27  
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DOONESBURY: Garry Trudeau to release 40th-anniversary retrospective

A few 'Riffs readers, as well as Daily Cartoonist blogger Alan Gardner, flagged the "mystery" video clip: Garry Trudeau discussing a new retrospective. So what's coming down the Walden pike, exactly? With raised hopes and expectations, we put that...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 25, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau  
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AWARDS: 'Cul de Sac' cartoonist 'gobsmacked' by Reubens nod; Pastis & Piraro also nominated

The call so blindsided "Cul de Sac" cartoonist Richard Thompson, he says he didn't even quite understand the news. National Cartoonists Society prez Jeff Keane was calling to tell Thompson that he was a finalist for the Reuben "Cartoonist...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  General , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Bizarro, Cul de Sac, Dan Piraro, Jeff Keane, National Cartoonists Society, Pearls Before Swine, Reuben Awards, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis  
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'Judge Parker' names Mike Manley as strip's new artist [UPDATED]

[Note: This Tuesday-evening post has been updated with more details on Mike Manley and Eduardo Barreto.] On Monday, Comic Riffs noted -- with a tip of the cap to reader "brainiac1077" -- that artist Mike Manley said he was ghosting...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 24, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags: Eduardo Barreto, Graham Nolan, Judge Parker, King Features Syndicate, Michael Manley, Woody Wilson  
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The Meta-Post: Why '#SPIDER-MAN' is trending on Twitter...

On Tuesday evening, for some time, a fair portion of the Twitterverse became an echo chamber pinging with one question: Why the #$&! is #Spider-Man trending? The simplest answer as to why "#Spider-Man" was No. 1 on Twitter for...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 23, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Superheroes , The Comic Book , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Justin Bieber, Logan Lerman, Spider-Man, Twitter  
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Call the Daily Planet! Superman comic book sells for record $1M [UPDATED]

[Note: This post from Monday afternoon has been updated.] "This sale is groundbreaking," says a comics dealer who helped conduct the transaction. (ComicConnect.com / AP) It's a story worthy of a banner headline in the Daily Planet. The Holy Grail...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 22, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Superheroes , The Comic Book  | Tags: Action Comics No. 1, Stephen Fishler, Superman comic book, Vincent Zurzolo, record auction  
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'Judge Parker' Minus Barreto: Readers speak out about the art -- and the artist

Reader "samalexander" wishes "Judge Parker" artist Eduardo Barreto well. Her sincere good thoughts go out to the gravely ill illustrator. Oh, and on a personal note artistically: Please return. The strip isn't the same without you! And ever since...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 22, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags: Diego Barreto, Eduardo Barreto, John Heebink, Judge Parker  
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OLYMPICS GALLERY: Cartoons from the 2010 Games [UPDATED]

With the images of ginormous dancing bears, towering trees and k.d. lang still dancing in our heads from the Opening Ceremonies, Comic Riffs is beginning to gather cartoons about the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Too little snow. Too...

By Michael Cavna  |  February 21, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Drew Litton, Martin Sutovek, Mike Luckovich  
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