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Comic Riffs: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

'CHARLOTTE'S WEB' cover art snares $155K at auction

(Courtesy of Heritage Auctions) That's some radiant sales price. Heritage Auctions had expected the original cover art for 1952's "Charlotte's Web" to fetch about $30,000. Instead, the iconic illustration for E.B. White's classic children's story has snared more than...

By Michael Cavna  | October 16, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Charlotte's Web, E.B White, Garth Williams, Heritage Auctions  
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From HULK to 'ZITS': 4 Things We Learned This Week About Hollywood's Comics Projects

1. Now that he has his driver's license, Jeremy Duncan is in for one heckuva car chase. Word comes this week that "Zits" has been signed to a TV deal -- with no less than that mega-budget action master...

By Michael Cavna  | October 15, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes, The Animation, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Bil Keane, Jeff Keane, Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Marmaduke, Marvel, Napoleon Dynamite, The Family Circus, The Incredible Hulk, Zits  
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WEBCOMIC OF THE DAY: 'xkcd' speaks our language

WEBCOMIC OF THE DAY Because sometimes in comics, it really is all about the writing. Bra-vo, Mr. Munroe. (Click for larger image)...

By Michael Cavna  | October 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Webcomic  | Tags:  Randall Munroe, xkcd  
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5 Rules for making 'FAMILY CIRCUS' into the newly announced live-action film

With "Marmaduke" having grossed $80-million at the box office, Fox is ready to try its hand at turning another half-century-old single-panel comic into a major motion picture. Fox and Walden Media have announced that after years of effort, they've...

By Michael Cavna  | October 13, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Bil Keane, Family Circus, Jeff Keane, Stephan Pastis  
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'Superheroes': Turning 97 today, JOE SIMON reflects on his legacy with JACK KIRBY (*As do STAN LEE and NEIL GAIMAN)

(Courtesy of Titan Books) Besides our boyhood fandom of Batman and our adulthood appreciation of Henry Selick, comics god Neil Gaiman and Comic Riffs humbly share at least one other cartoon-land trait: our mutual regret over our not meeting...

By Michael Cavna  | October 11, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Interviews With Cartoonists, Superheroes, The Comic Book  | Tags:  Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Mark Evanier, Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Titan Books  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: Banksy delivers the quasi-dark satire on 'THE SIMPSONS' (Updated)

(20th Century Fox) In terms of grabbing headlines, "The Simpsons" continues to be on a cultural roll this season. The show announced last month that Katy Perry -- deemed too steamy for "Sesame Street" -- would be featured on...

By Michael Cavna  | October 11, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Al Jean, Banksy, Matt Groening, The Simpsons, Tom Gammill  
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'NEXT GREAT CARTOONIST': Finalist launches 'Hoxwinder Hall' webcomic

"Hoxwinder Hall" (click for larger image) For nearly a quarter-century, Daniel Boris had kept a pet alligator. Boris conceived of his scaly cartoon character while in art school in the '80s, and the wisecracking animal often elicited a strong...

By Michael Cavna  | October 10, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, The Comic Strip, The Webcomic  | Tags:  Daniel Boris, Hoxwinder Hall  
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