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Comic Riffs: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

THE 'GLEE' CARTOON: Gleeks to get their own comic book from Bluewater

(Courtesy of Bluewater Comics) Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have already been awarded the comic book treatment. Now, Bluewater Productions announces that the cast of "Glee" will join the Vancouver comic company's "Fame Biography" series. The 32-page book, "Fame:...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 14, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Book , The Holly Word  | Tags: Bluewater Comics, Glee  
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TOP VIDEOS OF THE WEEK: 'Scott Pilgrim,' 'Avengers' & Neil Gaiman

The "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" onslaught continues, even if the film is thus far faring poorly at the box office. Even Stan Lee tells Comic Riffs that he personally approves this would-be vintage "Avengers" premake, by self-admitted geek...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 14, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes , The Animation , The Graphic Novel , The Video Shelf , Video of the Day  | Tags: Ivan Guerrero, Neil Gaiman, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Avengers  
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The 'Riffs Interview: CATHY GUISEWITE reveals why she's really ending her strip -- and why she won't abide 'Cathy Classics' reruns

(Images courtesy of Universal Press Syndicate / Universal UClick) In the mid-'70s, CATHY GUISEWITE submitted some loose drawings -- they didn't even resemble comic strips, she says -- to Universal Press Syndicate. Her style might have been rough, but...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 13, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Cathy, Cathy Guisewite, Charles Schulz, Universal Press Syndicate UClick  
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TRIBUTE: Remembering 'FUTURAMA' producer Alex Johns, 43

ALEX JOHNS with his dog, Rio. (Courtesy of the Johns family.) Washington Post staff writer Manuel Roig-Franzia knew accomplished animation producer ALEX JOHNS, who was especially noted for his work on "The Ant Bully" and "Futurama." Johns died last...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 13, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General , The Animation  | Tags: Alex Johns, Ant Bully, Futurama, John A. Davis, Lee Supercinski, Matt Groening  
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From bikini blunders (*sweat drops!*) to Irving nuptials, how do YOU remember 'CATHY'?

CONNECT ON TWITTER: Hey readers, sum up 34 years of Cathy in a single Tweet. We'll round up some of the most fun and funniest and publish them here....

By Jane Elizabeth  |  August 12, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General  
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*AACK!* Cathy Guisewite will retire her comic strip 'CATHY' in October [UPDATED]

Note: This item was originally posted at 4 p.m. Aug. 11. The rumors are true: Cathy Guisewite, the Emmy- and Reuben Award-winning creator of the acclaimed comic strip "Cathy," has decided to retire her feature as of October. "She's...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 11, 2010; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  General , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Cathy, Cathy Guisewite, Universal Press Syndicate  
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Steven Slater 'hits the chute!' on Asian TV

The other day, Comic Riffs offered our modest proposal (yes, we were semi-satiric) in an open note to Comedy Central. The pitch: To add short moments of pure comedy Zen, the Viacom channel should buy up all American cable...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 11, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation , Video of the Day  
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The 'Riffs Interview: Being Bill Watterson -- 'LIO' creator MARK TATULLI shares the secrets of spoofing 'Calvin & Hobbes'

(Images courtesy of Universal Press Syndicate & Mike Lynch Cartoons) Will the real bespectacled, besweatered Bill Watterson please stand up? Because a fellow Universal Press Syndicate creator, it seems, is cribbing your look. Numerous cartoonists have been accused over...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 11, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip , This Riffster's Reading List  | Tags: Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, Lio, Mark Tatulli, Universal Press Syndicate  
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ASK 'DOONESBURY': Now's your chance to ask Garry Trudeau a question

"In the past four decades, 'Doonesbury' creator Garry Trudeau has rarely been available for interviews. Now is your chance to interview him." So promises the wording on the "Ask Doonesbury" page, where readers can go to submit their question...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 11, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau  
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People of Earth, Attention!: This 'Avengers' is the Fan Video of the Day

"People of Earth, attention! People of Earth, attention!... ...This is the voice from clearly the best video of the day. Last week brought the public unveiling of the "Avengers" teaser trailer that was straight outta Comic-Con. If anything, though,...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 10, 2010; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz  | Tags: Ivan Guerrero's Premakes, Marvel Entertainment, Stan Lee, The Avengers, Timely Comics  
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Broadway's troubled 'SPIDER-MAN' musical to open in December

REEVE CARNEY (Associated Press / Marvel Entertainment) Broadway's "Spidey sense" can stop tingling. For now, at least, the seriously costly musical about Peter Parker might finally be out of danger. The producers of "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" said...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 10, 2010; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes  | Tags: Andrew Garfield, Marvel Entertainment, Reeve Carney, Spider-Man  
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The 'Riffs Interview: Artist JOHN ROMITA JR. talks family business, Big Daddies & the 'Kick-Ass' sequel

[Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson, left), Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) in the film "Kick-Ass," newly out on DVD and Blu-Ray.] The man who helped bring Big Daddy to the big screen is speaking openly, frankly...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 10, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , Superheroes , The Comic Book , The Holly Word  | Tags: John Romita Jr., Kick-Ass, Mark Millar, Matthew Vaughn  
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'No filter': Cartoonists MATT BORS & TED RALL depart for Afghanistan eager to tell 'the people's story'

For 18 long months, Matt Bors spent his days at war. In every hot spot, his eyes trained on every Humvee, on every rocket, on every malaria pill. It was challenging, grueling, exhausting -- and all from the safe...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 9, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Graphic Novel , The Political Cartoon  | Tags: David Axe, Matt Bors, Steven Cloud, Ted Rall  
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