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Comic Riffs: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Fischetti-winning Steve Breen: Awards 'mean more than ever' in tough times

It's been a busy week for cartooning awards -- and not just because Mark Fiore won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning; two other comic-strip writers also garned Pulitzers; and Politico's Mark Wuerker picked up the Herblock Prize. Also...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 17, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon , The Webcomic  | Tags: James Aronson Award, Jen Sorensen, John Fischetti Award, Mark Fiore, Ryan Casey, Steve Breen, Webby awards, butyourelikerealllypretty  
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THE RANT: Why does Apple hate political satire? Pulitzer winner's app case stokes larger failure

The saga of the Rejected Political-Cartoon App rears its head again. Only this time, the heat of a Pulitzer has helped stoke the fires of controversy. On Monday, Comic Riffs spoke with political animator Mark Fiore about his iPhone...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 16, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Apple, Mark Fiore, NewsToons, SFGate.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Jobs, iPhone app  
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Politico's MATT WUERKER accepts the Herblock Prize

Matt Wuerker was clearly moved by the moment. "I was just trying to keep it together up there," the Politico cartoonist told Comic Riffs afterward yesterday. The moment was Wuerker's offering words of gratitude Thursday night as he accepted...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 16, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Herb Block, Herblock Prize, Library of Congress, Matt Wuerker  
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PULITZERS: A third cartoonist won the big Prize, too

And the cartoonists shall inherit the lectern. At least when it comes to the Pulitzers. On Monday, we reported that Mark Fiore won the Editorial Cartooning award for his SFGate.com animations (the first such entry to garner the honor)....

By Michael Cavna  |  April 15, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General  | Tags: Matt Richtel, New York Times, Pulitzer Prizes, Rudy Park, Theron Heir  
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Who's 'Most Influential'? PENNY ARCADE & NEIL GAIMAN want your vote by tonight

Lady Gaga and Conan O'Brien, Robert Pattinson and Rain are above them. But even more "impressive," perhaps, are the folks currently ranked below the guys from "Penny Arcade." Tycho and Gabe now sit at the No. 14 spot on...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 15, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Neil Gaiman, Penny Arcade, Seth MacFarlane, Time 100 List  
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The 'Riffs Interview: New Pulitzer winner MARK FIORE drafts a path less traveled

"SCIENCE-GATE": If things had worked out at the San Jose Mercury News, political cartoonist MARK FIORE might still have a staff position at a newspaper. Lucky for him, it all fell apart. "I was pretty miserable down there," says...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 13, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Animation, Editorial Cartooning, Mark Fiore, SFGate.com, San Francisco Chronicle, The Pulitzer Prizes  
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2010 PULITZERS: SFGate's Mark Fiore wins cartooning's award

The question had only grown in intensity in recent years: When would a cartoonist win a Pulitzer for what was entirely an entry of animation? Well, the wait is over. The answer to the trivia question will be: Mark...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 12, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Animation, Cartoon, Editorial Cartooning, Mark Fiore, Matt Wuerker, National Enquirer, Politics, Pulitzer Prize, SFGate.com/San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, The Pulitzers, Tony Auth, United States  
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PULITZERS #2: Will a cartooning trend be reversed?

For the better part of two decades -- from 1986 to 2005 -- Pulitzer jurors typically saw fit to award the Editorial Cartooning honor to a first-time winner. That trend help popularize at least one generation of new cartooning...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 12, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Ann Telnaes, Arts, David Horsey, Editorial cartoon, Paul Conrad, Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, Signe Wilkinson, Steve Breen  
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