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Comic Riffs: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: Has it become the supreme antidote to San Diego?

Hard past the harbor, San Diego was once a dreamboat. Its event, San Diego Comic-Con, was still an ingenue, too young and humble to know just how charming it was. Then worldliness, as it must to all wildly popular...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 27, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Comic conventions  | Tags: Baltimore Comic-Con, Cliff Chiang, Dean Haspiel, Frank Cho, Jerry Robinson, Marc Nathan, Scott Kurtz, Tom Brevoort  
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'FRANK CHO's WORLD': Pulling back the cover on the 'Liberty Meadows' cartoonist

Early this year, my fellow Postie Annys Shin came to me with a seemingly simple question: "What can you tell me about Frank Cho?" Simple question, sure, but mine turned out to be a one-hour answer. That's because for...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 26, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Book , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Frank Cho, Liberty Meadows, Marvel  
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FAREWELL: His dream shot down, 'MY CAGE' cartoonist has a word for comics fans

Speaking straight from the heart, cartoonist Ed Power has some hard-won words of advice for comics fans: Support your favorite comic strip very, very vocally. The reason for Power's impassioned plea now? Because not enough readers were vocal enough...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 26, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists , The Comic Strip  | Tags: Ed Power, King Features, Melissa DeJesus, My Cage  
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RIP, Satoshi Kon: Will 'Inception' director speak now for 'PAPRIKA's' dreamy magic?

I am hoping that now, the high-riding Christopher Nolan will help give the great Satoshi Kon an even larger due. Kon's many, many fans, of course, don't need Nolan's validation to affirm the anime filmmaker's mastery and gift and...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 25, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Animation , The Riffs  | Tags: Christopher Nolan, Satoshi Kon  
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Pulitzer winner collects BP oil for his political cartoons

Steve Breen shared with Comic Riffs last month his tale of Operation Tarball, when he traveled to the Gulf to collect BP oil to use in his cartoons. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist recounted how his anger...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 25, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon , The Video Shelf  | Tags: BP spill, Steve Breen  
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Rankled cartoonist says National Intelligence chief used altered image without OK

(Image reprinted courtesy of Daryl Cagle) It was intended as a "feel-good" news story, light-hearted -- what many ink-stained newsfolk, in trade parlance, call a "bright." Except political cartoonist Daryl Cagle didn't feel too good or brightly upbeat about...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 25, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags: Daryl Cagle, Lt. Gen. James Clapper  
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AMC's new 'Walking Dead' trailer: Is it better than the animation?

Comic Riffs is not so quick to question the direction of any series from AMC. When a channel's recent track record for original programming includes such stellar award-magnets as "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" -- well, suffice to say...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 24, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation , The Graphic Novel , The Holly Word  | Tags: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead  
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'CHEW' sells out -- and gets this new Tarantino spoof cover

Among "Chew" fans, the spoof cover of "Pulp Fiction" turned out to be one bad mutha. Issue No. 13, featuring the "Pullet Fiction" cover, has already sold out, writer John Layman confirms to Comic Riffs. It sold so well,...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags: Chew, John Layman, Rob Guillory  
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QUICK HIT: Stan Lee's super-powered pitch to comics retailers

With three superheroes on the horizon, Friend of Comic Riffs Stan Lee is appealing directly to comics retailers, whom the Marvel legend calls the "most important link between creators and our loyal readers." In a new video, Lee is...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 24, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes , The Comic Book  | Tags: Chad Hardin, Chris Roberson, Javier Pina, Khary Randolph, Mark Waid, Paul Cornell, Stan Lee  
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THE EMMYS: 'American Splendor' artist basks in his HBO win

From "True Blood" to "The Sopranos," HBO is known for having produced some of TV's best title sequences. Over the weekend, cartoonist Dean Haspiel was acknowledged for his place in that HBO pantheon. At the Creative Arts Emmys over...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 24, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General , The Holly Word  | Tags: Dean Haspiel, Jonathan Ames  
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BOX OFFICE: Bombing 'Scott Pilgrim' plummets; 'Expendables' rolls on

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" can now look at the box-office pecking order and realize its biggest mistake: Apparently the film should have written in an eighth villain -- say, Ramona's butt-kicking father -- and that final baddie should...

By Michael Cavna  |  August 22, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Holly Word  | Tags: Bryan Lee O'Malley, Edgar Wright  
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Disney's animated 'Prep and Landing' wins 4 creative Emmy Awards

Disney's "Prep and Landing" was animation's big winner at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys. The ABC holiday special was named Outstanding Animated Program and also won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievements in Animation: background key designer William M....

By Michael Cavna  |  August 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation , The Holly Word  | Tags: Prep and Landing, Robot Chicken, Star Wars, The Simpsons  
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