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Comic Riffs: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

JEFFY 'LIVES' HERE: Cool new site lets you tour cartoonists' studios [UPDATED]

I won't play coy. It's my new favorite website of the week, even if its architects have only begun to lay the foundation. They call it "The Cartoonist Studio." I call it "Cribs" for comic fans. Only instead of...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 25, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General , Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Dave Coverly, Greg Evans, Jeff Keane, Jerry Scott, Mike Luckovich, Peter Guren, Rick Kirkman, Tom Batiuk  
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POST CONTEST: The 'Next Great Cartoonist' finalists now face a second challenge [UPDATED]

UPDATE: As the finalists in "America's Next Great Cartoonist" Contest are culled to five, the remaining cartoonists now have their second challenge in hand. The five finalists must now create a color Sunday cartoon (as well as a "character...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 24, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist  | Tags: America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest  
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Readers can help write Superman's new road trip

The troubling news straight from the Daily Planet: DC is snubbing D.C. Then again, Washington shouldn't take it terribly personally that the DC's Man of Steel is bypassing our Nation's Capital. Clark Kent is also bypassing the Big Apple...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 23, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Superheroes , The Comic Book  | Tags: DC Comics, Superman  
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Tony Murphy's comics-newspaper project hits pledge goal

Tony Murphy's message to his comics donors: It's all about you! Murphy, creator of the Washington Post Writers Group-syndicated comic strip "It's All About You," wants to launch "a weekly comic-strip newspaper" called Coffee Talk. And today, Murphy announces...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 23, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags: It's All About You, Tony Murphy, Washington Post Writers Group  
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The Morning Line: Comic-Con predictions & a big-screen Troll film

THE MORNING QUICKIE From 3-D Simba to animated trolls, our Fave Five Links this morning... 5. COMIC-TRON: Comic-Con 2010 hasn't yet released its full schedule, but the folks at io9 predict just what might take centerstage next month in...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 23, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , San Diego Comic-Con , The Holly Word  
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CARTOON CONTEST: 'Next Great Cartoonist' voting ends in hours

As thousands of votes are tallied for The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist" contest, the window to pick your favorite of the 10 finalists closes in five hours (5 p.m. ET). By your direct vote, the field will be...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist  
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FIRST LOOK: Would you buy a Green Hornet from this man?

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, Comic Riffs is a sucker for a debonair newspaper publisher as much as the next ink-stained writer. That and ever since our days in a dojo, we'd wished we had the moves...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 22, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , The Holly Word  | Tags: Seth Rogen, The Green Hornet  
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BOX OFFICE: Pixar's 'Toy Story 3' dominates weekend with $110M debut [UPDATED]

MONDAY UPDATE: "Toy Story 3" got a million-dollar boost from Monday's final weekend box-office numbers. The third film in the Pixar trilogy grossed $110.3-million domestically, holding its spot as the second biggest animated debut ever and the biggest June...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 21, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word  | Tags: Disney Pixar, Iron Man 2, Jonah Hex, Shrek, Toy Story 3, Transformers  
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Defend That 'Toon: Does 'BARNEY & CLYDE' spark a billion laughs -- or bum you out?

Here at Comic Riffs, every strip in The Post gets spotlighted for public scrutiny. So now that the Weingartens and Clark comic "BARNEY & CLYDE" has appeared on The Post's funnypages for a coupla weeks, it's time once again...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 21, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Defend That 'Toon  | Tags: Barney & Clyde, Dan Weingarten, David Clark, Gene Weingarten, Washington Post Writers Group  
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