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Comic Riffs: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

SPIDER-SENSES: 7 Reasons Why Andrew Garfield Might Surprise as Spidey

One hour you're a relatively little-known actor, the next you're a trending topic on Twitter outpacing even a Bieber. Such is the power and profile of being the latest young talent to fill a franchise suit. This morning, of...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 2, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Superheroes , The Holly Word  | Tags: Andrew Garfield, Sony/Columbia/Marvel, Spider-Man  
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THIS JUST IN: Hollywood's new Spider-Man is...Andrew Garfield

NEW POST: 7 Reasons Why Andrew Garfield Might Surprise as Spidey Who is inheriting the Spidey suit in the post-Tobey Maguire reboot? It's not the oft-rumored Jamie Bell or Josh Hutcherson -- nor the rogue-campaigning Donald Glover -- who...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 1, 2010; 8:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Superheroes , The Holly Word  | Tags: Marvel, Spider-Man  
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An Artist's View: The true power of Wonder Woman's new look

WONDER WOMAN'S NEW LOOK; : It was a beautiful night. The liquor was flowing. And there was I, spinning innocently only to suddenly find myself stuck smack between Wonder Woman and the Iron Man. And I, in that moment,...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 1, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Superheroes  | Tags: DC Comics, Jim Lee, Wonder Woman  
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THE RANT: Now is the time for all cartoonists to satirize Steve Jobs

Now is the time for all good cartoonists to come to the aid of their profession. Until, at least, there's an app for that. Word comes from political-cartoon syndicator Daryl Cagle that his latest iPhone app has been denied:...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 30, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Rants  | Tags: Apple, Daryl Cagle, Mark Fiore, Robert Berry, Steve Jobs, Tom Richmond, Trudy Muller  
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THE RIFF: Is 'SNL' talent blazing a trail for the future of newspaper comics?

Just how far will fans of comics and comedy go to bask in a sense of nostalgia? Michael Arndt, screenwriter of the record-setting "Toy Story 3," recently told Comic Riffs that his film's toy characters -- like the recently...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 29, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Animation , The Riffs , The Webcomic  | Tags: Beyond the Comics, Fred Wolf, Kirk Thatcher, Michael Arndt, SFGate.com, Saturday Night Live, SeattlePI.com, The Muppets, Toy Story 3  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST' finalists offer their reactions to the contest

As they work on their "second challenge," the five finalists in The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist" contest describe the experience so far as humbling and encouraging. Daniel Boris, creator of "Hoxwinder Hall," writes: From receiving the call ......

By Michael Cavna  |  June 28, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist , Interviews With Cartoonists  
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THE RIFF: Where does D.C. rate as a 'comics town'?

As the mercury hit 99 degrees Sunday, I had to wonder: Is Washington, D.C.'s comics scene ripe for heating up, too? While talking with "Big Nate" cartoonist Lincoln Peirce over the weekend, I asked him how he came to...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 28, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  General , The Riffs  | Tags: Aaron McGruder, Andrew Cohen, Ben Claassen, Comisgirl, Evan Keeling, Frank Cho, Herb Block, Jeff Kinney, Lincoln Peirce, Matt Wuerker, Michael Arndt, Mike Rhode, Richard Thompson, Shannon Gallant  
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'TOY STORY 3' repeats as the weekend's box office champ [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The CGI toys who watch their boy owner grow up beat the grownups who act like boys this weekend at the domestic box office. "Toy Story 3" grossed $59-million to stay No.-1, one week after it debuted with...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 27, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word  | Tags: Disney Pixar, Michael Arndt, Night & Day, Toy Story 3  
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The 'Riffs Interview: Lincoln Peirce's 'BIG NATE' becomes an 'overnight' best-seller

Jeff Kinney, creator of the publishing phenomenon that is the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" children's book series, was in the Post newsroom a coupla years ago when he mentioned to Comic Riffs his new interactive website, Poptropica. Today,...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, Lincoln Peirce, Poptropica  
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The 'Riffs Interview: How the incisive TRACY WHITE made it to 'Eighteen' (A Cartoon Memoirist's Tale)

Comic Riffs first discovered the beguiling work of Tracy White a couple of years ago at the SPX Small Press Expo in suburban Washington. Her animation on Traced.com was nominated for an Ignatz Award, and her storytelling talent was...

By Michael Cavna  |  June 27, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , San Diego Comic-Con , The Animation , The Graphic Novel , The Webcomic  | Tags: How I Made It to Eighteen, Tracy White  
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