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Comic Riffs: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

TEN FREE LINKS: Your @ComicRiffs guide to today's 'Free Comic Book Day'

Green Hornet. Iron Man and Thor and Toy Story. Owly and Archie. Shrek and the Simpsons. And -- ooh-la, ooh-ma-ma -- Lady Gaga. Today, of course, is that most national of holidays for cartoon fans 'cross the land: Major...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz  | Tags: Comic Art, Comic books, Comics, Douglas Wolk, Glen Weldon, Iron Man, John Romita Jr., Kevin Smith, Lady Gaga, Matt Fraction, Mike Rhode, National Free Comic Book Day, Toy Story  
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'Family Guy' animator likens Arizona immigration to Nazi Germany

Something about Arizona's new immigration law has some cartoonists reaching for allusions to Nazi Germany. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane (right) has compared Arizona's actions to Hitler's Germany, according to Reuters. His comments come days after New Jersey political...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 30, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags: American Dad, AmericanDad, Anti-Defamation League, Bergen Record, Cleveland Show, Family Guy, FamilyGuy, Fox, Jimmy Margulies, Nazi Germany, Sarah Palin, Seth MacFarlane  
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'NAZI ARIZONA': N.J. artist stands behind immigration cartoon criticized by ADL

Cartoonists rely on iconography. Symbol is ready metaphor, and not just such trite-and-true staples as donkeys and elephants and American eagles. No editorial toolkit is complete without the darkest of symbols -- the emblems of evil that never lose...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 30, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Abraham H. Foxman, Anti-Defamation League, Arizona, Jimmy Margulies, Nazi Germany  
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Apologetic 'Draw Muhammad' cartoonist urges 'Draw Al Gore' instead [VIDEO]

NOTE: This updated post was originally published at 1 a.m. April 30. Molly Norris, the Seattle artist who drew and circulated an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" cartoon to support "South Park's" censored creators, not only has distanced herself from...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 30, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Al Gore, Comedy Central, Matt Stone, Molly Norris, South Park, Trey Parker  
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'Penny Arcade' duo crack TIME 100 influential list

"PENNY ARCADE": TIME 100 LIST for 2010 Mike Krahulik (left) and Jerry Holkins. Even Time magazine recognizes the power of the "Penny." Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, the creators and shepherds of the "PENNY ARCADE" webcomic empire, crack the...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 29, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Webcomic  | Tags: Jerry Holkins, Lev Grossman, Mike Krahulik, Penny Arcade, Time 100 List, Video game  
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THIS JUST IN: 17 Pulitzer-winning cartoonists 'condemn threat' against 'South Park' creators

Seventeen Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists, including "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau and 2010 winner Mark Fiore, have signed a petition to condemn the "threat" against Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the Comedy Central show "South Park." As...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 28, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  General , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Ann Telnaes, Ben Sargent, Clay Bennett, Comedy Central, David Horsey, Garry Trudeau, Islam, Jack Higgins, Jim Morin, Joel Pett, Mark Fiore, Matt Davies, Matt Stone, Michael Ramirez, Mike Peters, Nick Anderson, Paul Szep, Pulitzer Prizes, Signe Wilkinson, South Park, South Park censorship, Steve Benson, Tony Auth, Trey Parker  
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San Diego makes half-million-dollar offer to keep Comic-Con

As Los Angeles and Anaheim ramp up their efforts to woo San Diego's Comic Con International from, yes, San Diego, "America's Finest City" is amping up its effort to protect its 41-year-old turf. San Diego says it will pony...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 28, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Anaheim California, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Diego Comic-Con International, San Diego Union-Tribune  
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How to Train Your Sequel: DreamWorks says 'Dragon's' long tail = Franchi$e!

Hiccup, dragon trainer. (DreamWorks Animation SKG) It opened with a box-office hiccup, but great ghost of Thor, has it come roaring back as the feel-good story of the box-office spring. As DreamWorks Animation prepares to release its fourth and...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 28, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word  | Tags: Box office, Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois, DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lilo & Stitch, Lion King, Train Your Dragon  
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Good briefs, Charlie Brown! PEANUTS licensing goes to underwear firm, Schulz heirs in $175M deal [UPDATED]

NOTE: This post originally published at 11:30 a.m. April 27. Joe Boxer, meet Joe Cool. According to a news release sent to Comic Riffs, the media company E.W. Scripps Co. has reached a deal to sell its United Media...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 27, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags: Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown, E. W. Scripps Company, Iconix Brand Group, Joe Boxer, Peanuts, United Media Licensing  
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'RIFFS 6 HOT LINKS: From 'Iron Man 2' to 'iPhone 4G' to Bart-on-Islam

From "Iron Man 2" to "iPhone 4G," our six fave links this moment... 6. "SOUTH PARK" CHALK TALK: We didn't study the ever-changing "Simpsons" chalkboard this past Sunday. Fortunately, the folks at Huffington Post did -- with a post...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 27, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Superheroes , The Holly Word  | Tags: Don Cheadle, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Mickey Rourke, Movies, Robert Downey, Scott Adams, Toy Story 3, War Machine  
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Fiore's Wake: Political cartoonists force the issue with Apple's apps

Political cartoonists are trying to strike while the irony's hot. Cartoonists have famously struggled to have their politically themed apps approved by Apple -- until their political point about censorship of satire itself becomes so glaring that Steve Jobs...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 26, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: App Store, Apple, Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Daryl Cagle, IPhone, Mark Fiore, Pulitzer Prize, Steve Jobs  
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Post-'South Park': Cartoonist retreats from 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!' [UPDATED]

NOTE: The original post was published 1 a.m. April 25. THE ORIGINAL CARTOON: (courtesy of Molly Norris) Stop the campaign, she wants to get off. The Seattle artist whose anti-censorship cartoon has helped spawn "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" says...

By Michael Cavna  |  April 26, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Andrew Sullivan, Comedy Central, Dan Savage, Islam, Matt Stone, Molly Norris, Muhammad, Trey Parker  
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