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Comic Riffs: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

The 'Riffs' Interview: MARS animator Geoff Marslett

MARS - The Movie [HD Trailer] from Geoff Marslett on Vimeo. Animated romance, yes. Comedic sci-fi, definitely. But "animated-sci-fi-rom-com"? The indie film "MARS" might be the world's first in this mouthful of a genre. The movie tells the story...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags: David Byrne, Geoff Marslett, Hal Hartley, James Kochalka, Jim Jarmusch, Mars, Maryland Film Festival  
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THE IRON MAN 2 TALKS: Our best-of quotes from Downey Jr., Favreau, Cheadle et al.

Comic Riffs spoke with many of the "Iron Man 2" stars last year during a media roundtable -- from the returning Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. to such new-to-the-franchise actors as Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson. As the...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 7, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes  | Tags: Don Cheadle, Iron Man 2, Jon Favreau, Marvel Comics, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Stan Lee, Twitter  
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Comedy Central: No to Muhammad -- but Yes! to Jesus

Muhammad can't show his face around Comedy Central. But Jesus Christ is, as it were, a whole different story. In announcing nearly two-dozen new projects in the pipeline, Comedy Central says it has an animated show "in development" that...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 6, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags: Comedy Central, Islam, Jesus Christ, Matt Stone, Muhammad, South Park, Trey Parker  
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LIMBAUGH to PELOSI: 6 political figures come to you as colorful as ever

From Limbaugh to Sotomayor, Bluewater Productions is cranking out the bio-comics so quickly these days, it could have simply released its latest six books as a set and called it, say, "Rush to Judgment." For two of its lines...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 5, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags: Al Gore, Bluewater Productions, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Comics, Darren Davis, Margaret Thatcher, Nancy Pelosi, Rush Limbaugh, Sonia Sotomayor  
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A new JibJab video for STAR WARS DAY? Yes, 'May-the-4th be with you'

Gregg Spiridellis could be selling derivatives for Goldman Sachs right about now. Instead, as half of the humorous brother team that is JibJab, he's betting that throngs will derive pleasure from the latest video creation in his growing portfolio....

By Michael Cavna  |  May 4, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , The Animation , The Holly Word  | Tags: George Lucas, Goldman Sachs, Gregg & Evan Spiridellis, JibJab, Lucasfilm, Star Wars, Star Wars Day, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, YouTube  
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Oregonian cartoonist JACK OHMAN wins Sigma Delta Chi award

The Oregonian's political cartoonist Jack Ohman was among the winners announced today for the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, as announced by the Society of Professional Journalists. Ohman won for a portfolio of his Sunday cartoons, which -- unlike...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 3, 2010; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Dwayne Booth, Editorial Cartooning, Jack Ohman, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi SDX Awards, Terrence L. Nowicki Jr, The Oregonian Portland, Truthdig  
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'SOUTH PARK': Bill Maher to radical Muslims: Freedom of speech is 'not negotiable'

On "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart relatively soft-pedaled his defense of fellow Comedy Central employees, "South Park's" Matt Stone and Trey Parker, against a group of Muslim critics. Over at HBO this weekend, though, Bill Maher wasn't holding anything...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 3, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General , The Animation  | Tags: Bill Maher, Comedy Central, Daily Show, HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Matt Stone, Religulous, RevolutionMuslim, South Park, Trey Parker  
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Times Square bomb: a 'South Park' link?

One possibility New York police are investigating is whether there is any link between the SUV bomb left at New York's Times Square this weekend and recent threats made against the creators of the Comedy Central show "South Park,"...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 2, 2010; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General , The Animation  | Tags: Comedy Central, George Mason University, Matt Stone, New York City, Theo Van Gogh, Times Square, Trey Parker  
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'THE BOONDOCKS': Ten Classic Moments to mark tonight's return

Aaron McGruder's "THE BOONDOCKS" returns -- finally -- for its third and "final" season. Long-awaited. Much-anticipated. It'll be good to have McGruder's refreshing, bracing commentary back in the mix, with more rants against celebrity "culture," rappers and posers and...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 2, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags: Aaron McGruder, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, The Boondocks  
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