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Comic Riffs: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Seven Best Tangential Reasons to See 'Toy Story 3' this weekend [UPDATED]

Sure, you could catch "Toy Story 3" this weekend because it will be one of the best films you'll see this year. You could go because it offers Pixar's requisite heart and soul and humor. Or you could head...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 19, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word , The Riffs  | Tags: Box Office, Pixar Disney, Rotten Tomatoes, Toy Story 3  
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'Riffs Interview: How Michael Arndt went from celebrity assistant to 'TOY STORY 3' screenwriter in two moves

Michael Arndt is a skilled enough screenwriter to have already won an Oscar, but still you've got to wonder: Could he, for all this talent, write his own success story? Were he to script his real-life rise to Hollywood's...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Animation  | Tags: Disney Pixar, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3  
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Was Pixar behind that viral bear ad? The 'TOY STORY 3' writer talks

Beyond their talents at delivering humor and heart and pathos and tremendous craft, the makers of "Toy Story 3" (opening tomorrow) are masters of plumbing audience nostalgia. Even when it's "invented" nostalgia. The Disney/Pixar wizards notably spotlight a Ken...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 17, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags: Disney Pixar, Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3  
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Coming today: Post to announce finalists for 'Next Great Cartoonist' contest

The Washington Post is scheduled to announce this morning the 10 finalists for our "America's Next Great Cartoonist" Contest. For full details after 9 a.m., go to Washingtonpost.com/greatcartoonist. There you will find the names of the finalists and their...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 16, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist  
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The Plump Irony: Come Bloomsday, Apple admits mistake over 'Ulysses' app

As literary apps go, Apple knows when to admit a wrong and replay the situation -- when, in hacker's terms, to take a Mulligan. Still, the incident is plump, if not stately, with irony. More than 75 years after...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 16, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , General , The Graphic Novel  | Tags: Apple, Robert Berry, Tom Bouden, graphic novel apps  
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AQUAMAN DOWN: The 10 Best BP Spill Cartoons [UPDATED]

Aquaman was among the first casualties, tragically washing up weeks ago. And as the BP oil spill has worn on -- long uncapped, uncontained and un-"killed," top or otherwise -- visual satirists have co-opted numerous other cartoon characters. Given...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 15, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General  | Tags: Aquaman, BP Oil Spill, Bill Day, Matt Davies, Mike Keefe, Mike Luckovich, R.J. Matson, SpongeBob SquarePants  
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TODAY'S FAREWELL: 7 Reasons why 'Little Orphan Annie' will never see another tomorrow

(Courtesy of TMS -- to see a larger version, click here ) "Poor Mr. Warbucks! It's painful for him -- he's resigning himself to Miss Annie's being lost forever -- " And so, just seven weeks shy of 86...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 13, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags: Harold Gray, Jay Maeder, Little Orphan Annie, Ted Slampyak, Tribune Media Services  
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