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Comic Riffs: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

The 'Riffs Interview: GENE WEINGARTEN, New Cartoonist, dares to attempt comic pearls before breakfast

I have held a newborn and I have birthed a syndicated comic strip. One of them is an all-consuming act of procreation that tries every fiber in your fatigued being as you labor to feed and nurture your yawping...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 4, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Barney & Clyde,, Dan Weingarten, Dave Barry, David Clark, Garry Trudeau, Gene Weingarten, Richard Thompson  
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WEINGARTEN: People who 'critique comic strips are anuses'

"I have decided that people like me, who presume to critique comic strips, are anuses." Such is the self-realization -- perhaps even the tongue-in-cheek epiphany with an, um, surprise end -- of Post Magazine humor columnist Gene Weingarten. As...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 3, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Barney & Clyde, Gene Weingarten, Washington Post Writers Group  
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What would Comedy Central's 'Jesus Christ' animated show sound like? [VIDEO]

What might Comedy Central's ordered-up project "JC" -- a planned animated show about Jesus Christ -- sound like should it prove fruitful and actually make the network's schedule? To provide a potential flavor of the prospective show's tone and...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 3, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General , The Animation  | Tags: CARB Coalition, Comedy Central, Religion and animation, South Park  
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'Draw Muhammad' artist gains a surprising client -- in Pakistan [UPDATED]

courtesy of Molly Norris The cartoonist whose artwork sparked last month's global "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" campaign has a new client, but not one you might expect: A newspaper in Pakistan. Seattle artist Molly Norris tells Comic Riffs that...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 3, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General , The Political Cartoon  
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Steve Jobs challenges Pulitzer cartoonist's handling of app 'rejection' [UPDATED]

When it comes to Apple's response to cartoon-app submissions, Steve Jobs may or may not have just called newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Fiore a liar. At the least, Jobs questions Fiore's handling of his app submission. How...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 2, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , The Animation  | Tags: Mark Fiore, NewsToons, Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, Steve Jobs, iPhone application, political satire  
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Donald Glover as Spider-Man? Like Spidey, the online campaign gains traction [UPDATED]

Donald Glover may or may not have Spidey sense, but the actor-writer's already proved one thing over the weekend: He definitely has business sense. Responding to the report last week that cited the five actors said to be in...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 1, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Superheroes  | Tags: Donald Glover, Marc Webb, Spider-Man, Stan Lee  
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THE JOY OF SHREK'S: Ogre tops 'Sex' at the box office [UPDATED]

MONDAY UPDATE: "Shrek Forever After" won the entire holiday weeekend with $55.7-million domestically, according to Variety. "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time" and "Sex and the City 2" were neck and neck, each grossing $37-million. (Final studio numbers are...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 31, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word  
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REUBENS: History, 'Bizarro' top the marquee at cartooning's Oscars

Reporting from the NCS Reubens in Jersey City... NCS Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Booth (photo by Michael Cavna) History was on parade Saturday at the cartooning world's version of the Oscars. And like any swell parade, balloons --...

By Michael Cavna  |  May 30, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General , The Animation , The Comic Book , The Comic Strip , The Graphic Novel , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Bizarro, Dan Piraro, National Cartoonist Society Reuben Awards  
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