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Posted at 2:24 PM ET, 03/ 8/2010

Oscars to 'Alice' to 'iToons': The new Comic Riffs podcast is now up

By Michael Cavna

In Sunday night's animation categories, at least, the Oscars went pretty much according to form:

The heavy favorite "Up" won for feature film animation. France's "Logorama" (which 'Riffs tabbed as a better-than-even shot to edge Wallace & Gromit) was voted best animated short. And even "Avatar's" "performance-capture" near-animation (what Steven Spielberg termed "digital makeup") won for visual effects.

Consider also that Disney's CGI-dense "Alice in Wonderland" hauled in more than $200 million worldwide at the box office, and it was quite a weekend indeed for the animated arts -- especially of the 3D sort.

So how did Comic Riffs do at providing a little verbal 3-D context of our own to the weekend's proceedings? Well, we sat to chat with Tall Tale Radio host Tom Racine to size up the weekend's nominees and upcoming animated features -- in a wild attempt to determine "what it all means" for the future of animation.

Here is the just-posted "COMIC RIFFS" PODCAST.. After talking Oscars, we also ricochet to and from such topics as million-dollar comic books, newspaper comics cuts (including the Denver Post's blind-side cancellation of "Cul de Sac") and imagine a world in which Steve Jobs launches "iToons," the iPad-friendly warehouse that allows the individual reader to customize thousands of cartoons.

Do we take our sweet time? Most certainly we ramble. So sit back. Or skip around. (Or just make it a drinking game every time Comic Riffs says the word "tremendous." -- you're sure to get seriously sauced.)

By Michael Cavna  | March 8, 2010; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Animation, The Comic Book, The Comic Strip, The Holly Word  
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Random comment on today's comics...
Were you surprised that an editor allowed a Brewster Rockit character "O-Dor of Uranus" in the printed funnies? My inner twelve-year-old thought it was funny, but the adult part of my brain was surprised.

>> soccermutha:

"Brewster Rockit" traffics in such puns so often -- sometimes toying with family newspaper "taste" -- that I was surprised only by one thing: How much the "subversive" pun made be laugh. Muscle memory well-trained in the sixth grade, I suppose.

In other words: Glad your 12-year-old could appreciate it. Healthy reaction, that!


Posted by: soccermutha | March 9, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Is the whole podcast at that link? How long is it? When I played it, it seemed to abruptly cut off.

>> nottenst

Yes, the entire podcast is at that link. It's an hour or so (unless it's been re-edited). If you continue to be difficulty with the podcast, please let me know. I'll alert Tall Tale Radio. *Thanks.*


Posted by: nottenst | March 12, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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