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Comic Riffs: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

STAN LEE announces two new projects at New York Comic Con (MTV heroes, assemble!)

Several weeks back, Comic Riffs put Stan Lee in touch with a die-hard Marvel fan in the Midwest who had created a short tribute video. Lee was so generous with his time with the fan that it prompted this...

By Michael Cavna  | October 9, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz  | Tags:  MTV, New York Comic Con, Stan Lee, Stan Lee's 7, The Seekers  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: Google's doodle honors John Lennon's 70th birthday

John Lennon always had a way with a line. And today, with its latest featured "doodle," Google pays tribute to the late rock legend, who would have turned 70 tomorrow. Like the search-page static artwork, Google's 32-second animation --...

By Michael Cavna  | October 8, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Google Doodles, John Lennon  
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State Dept. sends Katrina cartoonist JOSH NEUFELD to Mideast to 'showcase cultural freedoms'

"A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge" cartoonist Josh Neufeld is going back out on the road on behalf of the State Department. "As with my trip to Burma [in March], it seems that -- because of 'A.D.' -- I...

By Michael Cavna  | October 8, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Graphic Novel  | Tags:  A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge,, Brandon Jerwa, Josh Neufeld  
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Political cartoonist MATT DAVIES named in candidate's multimillion-dollar lawsuit

Republican congressional candidate Jim Russell is suing nine people for defamation, including Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist Matt Davies of the Journal News (Westchester County). The New York politician is reportedly seeking $1-million in damages from each of the nine people...

By Michael Cavna  | October 8, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Matt Davies, The Journal News  
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'CUL DE SAC,' Or: The Day's Favorite Funnypage Reference to Batman...

Friend of Comic Riffs Richard Thompson really, really knows his comics. Which is why we especially appreciate the second-panel reference in today's "Cul de Sac": Alice saying "Adults are a sentimental lot" is, of course, a wonderful allusion to...

By Michael Cavna  | October 8, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Richard Thompson  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: When Star Wars gets a new director's cut

How To Get Picked as Comic Riffs's Animation of the Day (perhaps applicable to today only): Step 1: Work in charmingly lo-tech paper-cut animation (a la early-season "South Park"). Step 2: Indulge your whimsical fandom of the Star Wars...

By Michael Cavna  | October 6, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Eric Power, Jeremy Messersmith, Paper animation, Star Wars  
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The Rant: Yet more 'AVATAR'? Stop James Cameron before he thrills again!

I was hoping it wouldn't come to this, but James Cameron -- well, James Cameron must be stopped. If not for his own safety, then at least for ours. Don't get me wrong: Cameron is cinematic royalty, king of...

By Michael Cavna  | October 6, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Holly Word, The Rants  | Tags:  Avatar, CGI and performance capture, James Cameron, Jon Landau  
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: U2 performs first song from 'Spider-Man' musical

That's one way to resuscitate the buzz around your new Broadway musical. Over the weekend in Portugal, U2 reportedly performed the first song from the superhero show "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark," the Bono/The Edge/Julie Taymor production that begins...

By Michael Cavna  | October 5, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes  | Tags:  Broadway, Julie Taymor, Spider-Man, U2  
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HILARY PRICE on why her 'Rhymes With Orange' will turn pink this Sunday

King Features just announced that come this Sunday, more than 50 of its cartoons will turn pink as part of its initiative timed to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Besides the monochromatic hues, the participating strips will feature a pink-ribbon...

By Michael Cavna  | October 5, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Cartoonists Care initiative, Hilary Price, King Features, Rhymes With Orange  
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6 Things We Can Safely Say About Director Zack Snyder's 'SUPERMAN'...

ZACK SNYDER (Photo by Dayna Smith for The Washington Post) The hunt is over: Zack Snyder will direct Superman. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures's announcement Monday about the next Man of Steel film comes after weeks of talks with...

By Michael Cavna  | October 4, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Christopher Nolan, DC Entertainment, David Goyer, Emma Thomas, Superman, Zack Snyder  
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A DAY OF PINK CARTOONS: King Features comics get new hues this Sunday for breast cancer awareness

The comics proofs landed on my desk a couple of weeks ago, and for a moment, I was certain something was askew with a color printer at The Post. The Sunday funnies were strikingly, brilliantly pink. Then I saw...

By Michael Cavna  | October 4, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cartoonists Care Initiative, ComicsGoPink, King Features  
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'Muhammad' does -- and does not -- appear in today's 'NON SEQUITUR' comic

Depending on what newspaper you take, you may or may not see today's "Non Sequitur" comic that's captioned, in part, "...Where's Muhammad?" Some newspapers chose instead to run a Sunday replacement strip featuring the recurring character Obvious-Man. So what...

By Michael Cavna  | October 3, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Non Sequitur, Universal UClick, Wiley Miller  
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