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Comic Riffs: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

POST CARTOON CONTEST: Why we revised the rules -- and the awards

One thing is clear: A pundit is not a comic-strip cartoonist. Yes, both might traffic in opinions. And sometimes satire. And entertainment. And, we hope, truth. But the nature of creation can be quite different. This difference comes to...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 14, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  | Tags: America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Arts, Cartoonist, Comic strip, Comics, Washington Post  
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CARTOON CONTEST: $1,000 in winnings? Yes, a new, true 'grand' prize.

Tomorrow, we'll break down a few rule changes in The Washington Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist" Contest -- revisions that Comic Riffs helped urge in recent days to benefit creators. For tonight, Comic Riffs wants to alert you promptly...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 13, 2010; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General  | Tags: America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Arts, Comic Riffs, Comics, Washington Post  
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LEAPIN' LIZARDS! 'Little Orphan Annie' to walk into the sunset

The sun will come out tomorrow -- but not for many more tomorrows for "Little Orphan Annie." Daddy Warbucks's favorite little tyke may have used pluck to survive the past 86 years in daily newspapers, but now she's apparently...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 13, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  General , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Chicago Tribune, Comics, Harold Gray, Leonard Starr, Little Orphan Annie, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Phil Rosenthal, Tribune Media Services  
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'Muhammad cartoonist' Lars Vilks undaunted after new attack [UPDATED]

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has been the target of Muslim extremists for his artwork, reportedly was attacked Tuesday while speaking at Stockholm's Uppsala University. A day later, Vilks remains undaunted and wants to deliver another lecture about free...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 12, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  General  | Tags: Freedom of speech, Lars Vilks, Muhammad, Muslim, Stockholm, Sweden, Uppsala University  
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The Riffs Interview: 'Kavalier & Clay's' MICHAEL CHABON: In truth, he's Washington D.C.'s own

Illustration by Michael Cavna Writer Ayelet Waldman ("Bad Mother") will be speaking tonight at Washington D.C.'s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. To mark her visit, Comic Riffs today republishes its profile of her husband, author Michael Chabon , who...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 12, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , Superheroes , The Comic Book  | Tags: Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband Father and Son, Michael Chabon, Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys  
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A warrior's farewell: RIP, Frank Frazetta, master of fantasy illustration

Among modern fantasy illustrators, could anyone render flesh quite like Frank Frazetta? Amid all his artwork's massive swords and towering cliffscapes and thundering skies of menace, Frazetta could flat-out make the viewers' eye feel the "meat" of the thing....

By Michael Cavna  |  May 11, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General  | Tags: Buck Rogers, Conan, Flash Gordon, Frank Frazetta, Johnny Comet, Li'l Abner, National Comics, Painting With Fire, Ralph Bakshi, Robert E. Howard, Tarzan  
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READY? DRAW!: Enter to become America's Next Great Cartoonist [UPDATED]

THE WASHINGTON POST's "AMERICA'S NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST" CONTEST It is with considerable regularity that Comic Riffs gets mail (of both the snail and "e-" variety) that beseechingly inquires: (a) "Dear Sir -- how do you become a better cartoonist?";...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 11, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  General  | Tags: America's Next Great Cartoonist, Art, Cartoon, Cartoonist, Comic Strips and Panels, Comic strip, Comics, Creators, Garry Trudeau, Gene Weingarten, Hilary Price, Jerry Scott, Michael Cavna, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis, Tom Toles, WASHINGTON POST, Washington Post  
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IRON MAN 2 wins the weekend with $133M debut [UPDATED]

Robert Downey Jr. can count the zeros in "Iron Man 2's" successful domestic debut. SUNDAY UPDATE: "Iron Man 2" didn't fly as high as Batman in its domestic bow at the box office -- but it still soared. The...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 9, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Superheroes , The Holly Word  | Tags: Dark Knight, Iron Man 2, Jon Favreau, Marvel, Paramount, Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark  
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