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Comic Riffs: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

'Riffs Picks: The Week's TOP 10 COMICS TWEETS

From Comic-Con forays to Callahan bouquets, it was a particularly memorable week in comics-world tweets. Here are The Ten Tweets that most caught the ever-watchful eye of @ComicRiffs: 10. @God_Damn_Batman: Arkham Asylum is the most disgusting den of filth...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 31, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Top Tweets  | Tags: Ann Beaton, Dave Gibbons, Jim Lee, John Callahan, Richard Thompson, Ruben Bolling, Scott McCloud, Stan Lee, Top Tweets  
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BEST REJECTION LETTERS -- Exhibit A: MAD Magazine

MAD magazine even does "The Lighter Side of...Rejection Letters" with wry style and panache. MAD artist Tom Richmond has posted on his blog a particularly exceptional rejection slip (the original recipient of the witty rebuff is apparently unknown). Given...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 29, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General  | Tags: Alan Gardner, MAD Magazine, Tom Richmond  
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'COMIC-CON 2011 Preview Night Already Sold Out.' (*No, we are not making this up.)

"COMIC-CON 2011 PREVIEW NIGHT" ALREADY SOLD OUT No, afraid that isn't an Onion headline. Particularly because it's difficult to satirize something that's already reached the point of presale absurdity. Various outlets are reporting that all 15,000 four-day passes that...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 28, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: San Diego Comic-Con 2011  
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From Pekar to Callahan: Why a town's 'favorite son' cartoonist is good for the civic soul

"From my seat in a medium-sized newspaper, I can only advise cartoonists to focus their work on their communities as newspapers focus more and more on the local." That was the advice of the Cincinnati Enquirer's longtime cartooning legend,...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 28, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Riffs  | Tags: Harvey Pekar, Jim Borgman, John Callahan, Phil Frank, Richard Thompson  
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WORKING IN OILS: Pulitzer winner STEVE BREEN visits Gulf to create 'spill' cartoons out of BP's own crude

(All cartoons courtesy of Steve Breen / The San Diego Union-Tribune) It was a mission so potentially sketchy, STEVE BREEN didn't whisper a word of it to his friends or bosses, neither his newspaper nor syndicate. Only his wife...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 27, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: BP oil spill, Steve Breen  
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A CARTOONIST'S TRIBUTE: Let us not forget the unflinching wit of John Callahan

JOHN CALLAHAN'S "PELSWICK": If you were a teen cartoonist in the '80s, trying to figure out how best to shock the world with a punch line, there was one man you especially had to come to a reckoning with....

By Michael Cavna  |  July 27, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  | Tags: John Callahan  
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COMIC-CON 2010 POSTSCRIPT: Is this the new 'Avengers' team -- or the ol' E Street Band? [PHOTOS]

We thought that Marvel lineup with the rock-star charisma and camaraderie looked familar. Perhaps it's just us -- entirely possible -- but when the "Avengers" roster united for the first time for public consumption, stepping to the skirt of...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 26, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz , San Diego Comic-Con , Superheroes  | Tags: Captain America, Iron Man, Joss Whedon, San Diego Comic-Con 2010, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Thor  
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COMIC-CON 2010: ALEX ALBRECHT talks comics fandom, Hall H perils -- & his 'awesome' work history with BP

"I'm more famous for being fired from 'Screen Savers,' " says Alex Albrecht [left]. He just might be the coolest person in the country ever to have worked for BP. "Oh, that's right -- I did do work for...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 25, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Alex Albrecht, Diggnation, Totally Rad Show  
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Geek Central sizes up the full 'Avengers' cast

(Getty Images) As earlier rumored, Mark Ruffalo indeed took the Hall H stage as your new Hulk. And with that, Marvel Studios completed its A-list "Avengers" casting just in time for an astride-the-stage group pic that looks vaguely like...

By Michael Cavna  |  July 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags: Marvel Studios, The Avengers  
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