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Comic Riffs: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

9/11 IMAGES: Today's 5 Most Eye-Catching Cartoons

On this day of mourning and commemoration, a nation acknowledges the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in so many ways. Many flock to Ground Zero ahead of anticipated mosque protests, while others mourn at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania....

By Michael Cavna  | September 11, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  9/11 cartoons, Ed Stein, Marshall Ramsey, Robert Ariail, Steve Benson, Steve Breen  
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Once-spurned cartoonists skeptical of Apple's 'clarified' App Store rules

In June, Comic Riffs called upon Steve Jobs "to tackle the larger issue head-on and more clearly offer a broad policy on satire" regarding proposed apps. Until this week, Apple preferred to take its PR lumps each time a...

By Michael Cavna  | September 10, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Apple apps, Daryl Cagle, Mark Fiore, Tom Richmond  
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D.C.'s cartoon riches: INTERVENTION and SPX cons kick off this weekend

It's an embarrassment of comic riches in the D.C. area this weekend. One day after SPX guests Richard Thompson ("Cul de Sac") and Keith Knight ("The Knight Life," "The K Chronicles") were speaking at the Politics & Prose bookstore,...

By Michael Cavna  | September 10, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Comic conventions  | Tags:  Dean Haspiel, Intervention Con, Jaime Hernandez, Kate Beaton, Keith Knight, Raina Telgemeier, Richard Thompson, Small Press Expo DC  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': The scholarly story behind today's 'IMOGEN QUEST'

(click image to embiggen) Here's today's "Imogen Quest" comic from Olivia Walch, the 21-year-old winner of The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest." So was the current college senior drawing from the recesses of her distant past for this...

By Michael Cavna  | September 10, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch  
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Good grief: 'PEANUTS' will leave syndicate in February for Universal [UPDATED]

It's official: Come next February, United Feature Syndicate will no longer distribute "Peanuts." After 60 years, Charlie Brown is moving to the syndicate Universal Uclick. "We feel Universal is a natural partnership for us," Jean Schulz, wife of late...

By Michael Cavna  | September 9, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Charles M. Schulz, Jean Schulz, Lee Salem, Peanuts, United Feature Syndicate, Universal UClick  
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In word & picture, a colleague pays tribute to PAUL CONRAD

(courtesy of Steve Greenberg) Over the weekend, Comic Riffs memorialized towering political cartoonist Paul Conrad, who died Saturday at age 86. Conrad, the three-time Pulitzer winner who proudly was included on President Nixon's "enemies list," was a master at...

By Michael Cavna  | September 9, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Paul Conrad, Steve Greenberg  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': What what was the vision for today's 'IMOGEN QUEST'?

(click image to embiggen) Here's today's "Imogen Quest" comic from Olivia Walch, the 21-year-old winner of The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest." So, just what was Ms. Walch's vision for this strip? Walch simply assures Comic Riffs with...

By Michael Cavna  | September 9, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: Stop the presses -- Taiwan TV takes on American newspapers

Well now they've gone and done it. Last month, Comic Riffs suggested that Comedy Central hire the artists who work for Taiwan's Next Media Animation television, whose celebrity-driven, scandal-happy CGI animations make for great campy fun. Well, this week,...

By Michael Cavna  | September 8, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Next Media Animation World Edition  
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FIRST LOOK: Bluewater Comics unveils BETTY WHITE comic book

Bluewater Comics might be facing a legal threat over its Justin Bieber comic, but that won't delay the publisher from pursuing a bio-book about another celebrity recently boosted by social media: BETTY WHITE. Bluewater has announced that the America's...

By Michael Cavna  | September 8, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags:  Betty White, Bluewater Comics, Darren G. Davis  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': The story behind today's bloody-good 'IMOGEN QUEST'

(click image to embiggen) Here's today's "Imogen Quest" comic from Olivia Walch, the 21-year-old winner of The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest." So, what's the story here: Is Walch trying to tell us she's no fan of the...

By Michael Cavna  | September 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist contest, Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: Color us intrigued by newest 'Google Doodle' Mystery (and our Fave SIX theories about What It Means)

UPDATE: 'Round about midnight (ET), Google posted a new telling tweet as it also unveiled a new logo "doodle." The latest tweet read: "Our doodle is dressing up in its brightest colors for something exciting coming very soon..." And...

By Michael Cavna  | September 8, 2010; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Google Doodles  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': Creator reveals 'IMOGEN QUEST's' (mostly secret) high jinks

(click image to embiggen) Here's today's "Imogen Quest" comic from Olivia Walch, the 21-year-old winner of The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest." So, what's the deal with the Girl in The Green Shirt? Surely there's a story there....

By Michael Cavna  | September 7, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch  
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QUICK HIT: Tantalizing pix from Pixar's canceled film 'NEWT'

(images courtesy of Disney Pixar) Here's the newt we'll now never see in motion. For two years, of course, we heard word of Disney/Pixar's "Newt," the tale of two blue-footed amphibians that was due in 2012. Then the announcement...

By Michael Cavna  | September 6, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Brave, Cars 2, Disney Pixar, Gary Rydstrom, Newt  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': Why today's 'IMOGEN QUEST' comic is all Greek to us

(click image to embiggen) Here's today's "Imogen Quest" comic from Olivia Walch, the winner of The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest." So what's with all the allusions to ancient civilizations? Is the cartoonist spoofing, say, the very idea...

By Michael Cavna  | September 6, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch  
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IN MEMORIAM: RIP Paul Conrad, Pulitzer-winning giant of political cartooning

(File photo/Associated Press) Paul Conrad must have known his words would surprise me. "I shouldn't have become a cartoonist -- I should have been a novelist," he said like a tossed-off regret. "People don't remember political cartoons -- I...

By Michael Cavna  | September 5, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Los Angeles Times, Paul Conrad  
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'GIRL GENIUS' wins Hugo Award for best graphic story

(Studio Foglio / Airship Entertainment) "Adventure. Romance. MAD PROPS!" For the second straight year, the World Science Fiction Society is offering its congrats to "Girl Genius," again bestowing upon the stellar "gaslamp fantasy" comic the Hugo Award for Best...

By Michael Cavna  | September 5, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Girl Genius, Hugo Awards, Kaja and Phil Foglio  
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UPDATE: Cartoonists finish journalistic journey in Afghanistan

After a month of traveling unembedded in Afghanistan, Matt Bors tells Comic Riffs that he and fellow cartoonists Ted Rall and Steven Cloud are now out of the wartorn nation. "I'm safely out of Afghanistan and en route to...

By Michael Cavna  | September 5, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Matt Bors, Steven Cloud, Ted Rall  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': The tale behind today's tortoise & hare

(click image to embiggen) Here's today's "Imogen Quest" comic from Olivia Walch, the winner of The Post's "America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest." So, what was the genesis of this "fractured fable," exactly? Of the strip, Walch tells Comic Riffs:...

By Michael Cavna  | September 5, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch  
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