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Comic Riffs: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

COMIC-CON 2010: 'Cleveland Show's' KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON voices his fandom of Macfarlane, McGruder and The Batman

Flip on any kids' channel, check out whatever cartoon is on at that hour, and you're odds are better than good than KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON, voice actor extraordinaire, has done work for that show. Richardson is perhaps best known...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 24, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con , The Animation  | Tags: Aaron McGruder, American Dad, Kevin Michael Richardson, Seth Macfarlane, The Boondocks, The Cleveland Show, The Family Guy  
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COMIC-CON 2010: 'iCarly's' JERRY TRAINOR goes 'b-i-g' to voice the new cartoon 'T.U.F.F. Puppy'

(courtesy of Jerry Trainor / Kids Choice Awards) Prior to his panel at Comic-Con today, "iCarly" comic actor JERRY TRAINOR tells us he cannot verbally confirm or deny that he will be the voice of Dudley, the lead dog...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 24, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Jerry Trainor, San Diego Comic-Con 2010, T.U.F.F. Puppy  
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COMIC-CON 2010 Interviews: MAD magazine artists 'excited' about TV show for a new generation

MAD magazine legend SERGIO ARAGONES has attended 34 of the previous 40 San Diego Comic-Cons and increasingly, he's found that the convention-going helps introduce MAD to a whole new generation. Now, he's about to get a big boost in...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 24, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Kevin Shinick, MAD magazine, Peter Girardi, Sam Viviano, San Diego Comic-Con 2010, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Warner Bros. Animation  
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COMIC-CON 2010: Will Mark Ruffalo make Hulking news Saturday?

Let the paparazzi and pap media fret over Brad Pitt's Comic-Con no-show. The actor -- make that Actor -- we most hope makes an appearance this weekend is: Mark Ruffalo. Because if Ruffalo shows, that all but guarantees that...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 24, 2010; 12:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes  | Tags: Ed Norton, Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo, Marvel Entertainment, The Avengers, The Hulk  
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COMIC-CON 2010: 'Opus's' BERKELEY BREATHED talks pigs, penguins & the thrill of adapting 'Pete & Pickles' for animation

During the '80s heyday of "Bloom County," its many convention-attending fans was never enough to lure creator BERKELEY BREATHED to San Diego Comic-Con. All it took, it turns out, was a whimsical children's book and an airborne leap into...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 23, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , San Diego Comic-Con , The Animation , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Berkeley Breathed, Bloom County, Pete & Pickles, San Diego Comic-Con 2010  
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COMIC-CON 2010: Rising OLIVIA MUNN has already inherited the geeks. Will she now inherit the Earth?

Has Tina Fey left the building? Because if the "Megamind"-hawking writer/performer/super-producer has indeed exited the San Diego Convention Center, then OLIVIA MUNN -- unofficial "Queen of the Con" -- no longer is merely the second funniest actress in the...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 23, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , San Diego Comic-Con , The Holly Word , This Riffster's Reading List  | Tags: Jon Stewart, Olivia Munn, San Diego Comic-Con 2010, Tina Fey  
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COMIC-CON 2010: Legend STAN LEE talks 'geek power,' new movies -- & why he was embarrassed to be a comic-book writer

"I began to realize: Entertainment is one of the most important things in people's lives," says Stan Lee, here speaking at San Diego Comic-Con 2010. For reasons even he's not quite sure of, comics legend STAN LEE cannot stay...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 23, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Interviews With Cartoonists , San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes , The Comic Book  | Tags: Morgan Spurlock, Neal Adams, San Diego Comic-Con 2010, Stan Lee  
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COMIC-CON 2010: Keith Knight talks new books, Nappy Hours & why he won't be on an Angry Black Panel

KEITH KNIGHT used to sneak onto Artists' Alley at San Diego Comic-Con, displaying his 'zines till someone told him to fold up shop. Now, nearly two decades later, for the first time, the acclaimed creator of "The Knight Life"...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 22, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Keith Knight, San Diego Comic-Con 2010, The K Chronicles, The Knight Life  
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COMIC-CON 2010: DC's DAN DiDIO talks Superman, Wonder Woman & why he loves fan interaction

As the 41st San Diego Comic-Con officially kicks off today, DC Comics Co-Publisher DAN DiDIO will begin to flash his own type of superpower: Omnipresence. Judging by the schedule and his commitments, he will seemingly be everywhere at once....

By Michael Cavna  |  July 22, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes , The Comic Book  | Tags: DC Comics, Dan DiDio, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee  
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Alleged 'South Park' jihadist blogger arrested in terror case

Zachary Adam Chesser, the 20-year-old Virginia man who earlier this year allegedly posted controversial blog entries about the creators of TV's "South Park," was arrested Wednesday on charges of providing material support to a Somali extremist group linked to...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 21, 2010; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General  | Tags: Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Molly Norris, Revolution Muslim, South Park  
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Has COMIC-CON outgrown San Diego? 9 big-time guests tell us where to go

Let the pilgrimage to the land of "Scott Pilgrim" begin. Ten of thousands of people will descend upon San Diego today for the 41st Comic-Con International -- the largest such convention in the world and the granddaddy of all...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , Interviews With Cartoonists , San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Berkeley Breathed, Comic-Con International, Dan DiDio, Jerry Robinson, Keith Knight, Kevin Michael Richardson, Olivia Munn, San Diego Comic-Con 2010, Sergio Aragones, Stan Lee, Tom Richmond  
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Sam Raimi to direct 'Earp: Saints for Sinners' comic for DreamWorks

Let the Comic-Con Week "revelations" begin. Sam Raimi -- so recently released from his "Spider-Man" directing duties (reportedly over the ol' "creative differences") -- will direct a feature-film adaptation of the still-new comic "Earp: Saints for Sinners," according to...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 19, 2010; 11:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , San Diego Comic-Con , The Graphic Novel , The Holly Word  | Tags: David Manpearl, M. Zachary Sherman, Mack Chater, Martin Montiel, Matt Cirulnick, Sam Raimi  
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Q&A: Muslim cartoonist offers her thoughts on depicting Muhammad

Comic Riffs reported a week ago that Molly Norris, the Seattle cartoonist whose poster art spawned the recent "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," has had an execution hit ordered against her -- one that the FBI reportedly is treating as...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 19, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Molly Norris, Sepideh Anjomrooz  
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BOX OFFICE: 'Despicable Me' still strong; 'Inception' wins weekend

"Despicable Me" continues to draw the masses to its minions. The animated film, which won last weekend in its debut, held on to 42 percent of its audience to gross $32.7-million and finish second this weekend, according to early...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 18, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Holly Word  | Tags: Despicable Me, Toy Story 3  
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