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Comic Riffs: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

'CATHY'S' FAREWELL: Video pays tribute as Guisewite ends her strip's 34-year run Sunday

"Cathy" creator Cathy Guisewite told Comic Riffs in August that she had no idea what her final strip would be. "After all these years," she said, "I still can't think more than two weeks ahead." On Sunday, the world...

By Michael Cavna  | October 2, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  
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'PEANUTS' TURNS 60: Smithsonian pays tribute this weekend with portrait unveiling & Family Day

(1966 Peanuts LLC) When I met Charles Schulz in 1998, there was already much talk about how to tout the golden anniversary of his beloved "Peanuts" in 2000. If possible, tomorrow's 60th anniversary of the comic's launch has the...

By Michael Cavna  | October 1, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Charles M. Schulz, Jean Schulz, Lee Mendelson, Peanuts  
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BREAKING: Comic-Con plans to stay in San Diego till 2015

San Diego Comic-Con International will announce Friday that the largest comics convention of its kind will remain in its native city for at least five more years, the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting. For months, speculation has run high...

By Michael Cavna  | October 1, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, San Diego Comic-Con  | Tags:  San Diego Comic-Con  
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At 50, THE FLINTSTONES stand up as the bedrock of prime-time animated comedy

It can be startling to recognize, let alone admit, how many decades of children were babysat by two men: Hanna and Barbera. It's accepted to acknowledge the cultural influence of such powerful forces of animation as the "Termite Terrace"...

By Michael Cavna  | September 30, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, The Flintstones  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: We asked for it: Taiwanese talent takes on 'Obama's Wars' [UPDATED]

Well, I suppose we all but asked for such treatment. Several weeks back, Comic Riffs wrote of the Taiwanese talent that is Next Media Animation: "We're on high alert: Now, apparently, no American newspaper is safe from these animators'...

By Michael Cavna  | September 29, 2010; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Bob Woodward, Next Media Animation, Obama's Wars  
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OBAMA & PALIN IN COMICS: Publishers keep tapping the political appeal

(Variant covers courtesy of Archie Comics) If only the nation's political figures could help stimulate the economy with the monetary might that they're able to stimulate comic-book sales. Archie Comics announced last week that President Obama and former Alaska...

By Michael Cavna  | September 29, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Archie Comics, Bluewater Comics, Darren G. Davis, Erik Larsen, Jon Goldwater, Marvel Entertainment, Stan Lee  
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Is there no one who does not cheer new DC editor-in-chief BOB HARRAS?

THE BOB HARRAS "MEMORIAL" (courtesy of Tom Brevoort) It's our single favorite image from yesterday's news that former Marvel editor-in-chief Bob Harras now has the same title at DC Comics. Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort sends along to us...

By Michael Cavna  | September 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz  | Tags:  Bob Harras, DC Entertainment, Tom Brevoort, Warren Ellis  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': Listen to 'IMOGEN QUEST' creator Olivia Walch describe her Style experience

"I for one will miss Ms. Walch's witty, intelligent humor." "Amazing work by a super talented cartoonist." "It was so much better than so many of the other comics in the paper." Those comments constitute a sampling of the...

By Michael Cavna  | September 27, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch, Tall Tale Radio, Tom Racine  
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BOX OFFICE: 'Legend of the Guardians' debuts with disappointing $16.3M; 'Wall Street' wins weekend

Warner Bros. has migrated from penguins to owls, but its latest avian effort didn't get much lift. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," the studio's first animated follow-up to the 2006 hit "Happy Feet," disappointed in its...

By Michael Cavna  | September 26, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Holly Word  | Tags:  Alpha and Omega, Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Warner Bros., Yogi Bear  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST' ENDS: Check out the parting shot from today's 'Imogen Quest'

Today. as we come to the end of its monthlong run, here's the final "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 behind today's comic? If...

By Michael Cavna  | September 26, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  America's Next Great Cartoonist Contest, Imogen Quest, Olivia Walch  
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