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Comic Riffs: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

'Due Date's' ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, champion of the comics

Zach Galifianakis is not only the hottest-working comic actor this side of Russell Brand. He also is a welcome champion of cartooning. On HBO's "Bored to Death," Galifianakis plays a character loosely modeled after New York cartoonist/graphic novelist Dean...

By Michael Cavna  | November 5, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, Superheroes, The Charts  | Tags:  Dean Haspiel, Iron Man, Nick Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis  
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BEHIND THE ART: Watch two top Washington cartoonists at work

When Comic Riffs speaks to groups -- be they excitable second-graders, jaundiced journalists or pancake-baiting Rotarians -- nothing gets a reaction quite like the sheer and simple act of drawing. It peels back the curtain a bit on process,...

By Michael Cavna  | November 5, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Political Cartoon, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Ann Telnaes, Nate Beeler  
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ELECTION HANGOVER: The Seven Best Midterm Cartoons

For political cartoonists, Election Day offers an embarrassment of quick riches. As the results roll in, these fast-sketch satirists become like Templeton in "Charlotte's Web," feasting till dawn on a nocturnal bacchanal of crestfallen candidacies and self-satisfied rhetoric. And...

By Michael Cavna  | November 3, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  David Horsey, Michael Ramirez, Mike Luckovich, Mike Peters, Steve Breen, Tom Toles  
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Best Comics Pitch of the Day: Candidate ALVIN GREENE, Ultimate Warrior

Greene stumps for his superheroic efforts. (WBTV) Faster than an incumbent politician, stronger than the Hulk, able to leap both Michael Jordan and the ballot box in a single leap from logic. Alvin Greene may have lost his offbeat...

By Michael Cavna  | November 3, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, Superheroes  | Tags:  Alvin Greene, Ultimate Warrior  
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DRAWING MUHAMMAD: Molly Norris and Zachary Chesser, six months after 'South Park'

The original of this Molly Norris illustration was auctioned off last week in Northwest Washington. It's quite the twist to consider now, but several years ago, Zachary Chesser and Molly Norris might have been equally likely to send a fan...

By Michael Cavna  | November 2, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Comedy Central, Matt Stone, Molly Norris, South Park, Trey Parker, Zachary Adam Chesser  
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This week in The New Yorker: LEO CULLUM's final cartoon

In the wake of Leo Cullum's passing last week, Comic Riffs noted that the sublime gag cartoonist had seen more than 800 of his works published in The New Yorker -- 819, to be precise. This week, in fitting...

By Michael Cavna  | November 1, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gag Cartoons  | Tags:  Leo Cullum, Roz Chast, The New Yorker  
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FIRST LOOK: With 'TINTIN,' will Spielberg & Jackson alter 'animation'?

With the new sneak-peek images from the eagerly anticipated "Tintin" film, are Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson about to further narrow the gap between live-action performance and animation, if not help literally render the difference irrelevant in some styles?...

By Michael Cavna  | November 1, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Herge, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Tintin  
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Cartoon of the Day: Google unveils five SCOOBY-DOO doodles for Halloween

To celebrate Halloween, the fun-lovin' folks at Google have just unveiled, well, a Scooby-Doodle. As that greatest of Great Danes Scooby-Doo once said: "Rimage ris everything." And to mark the day of sugar-fueled masquerade, Google gives us five images...

By Michael Cavna  | October 31, 2010; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, The Animation  | Tags:  Google Doodles, Hanna-Barbera, Scooby-Doo  
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