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Comic Riffs: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

SHOUT-OUT OF THE DAY: Why 'Pearls' tips its (backward) cap to 'Cul de Sac'

(click here for enlarged image) The comics pages aren't unlike a sports team, in that only a couple of superstars are required to spark a wider sense of excitement, daily devotion and -- with an eye on the bottom...

By Michael Cavna  | November 19, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Riffs  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Pearls Before Swine, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis  
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Artists in Afghanistan: Luckovich, Pastis & Keane moved by latest USO Tour

Stephan Pastis (from left), Mike Luckovich, Jeff Keane, Rick Kirkman, Garry Trudeau and Tom Richmond in Kandahar in November. (images used by permission from Tom Richmond) The soberness of war emerged from the darkness before Mike Luckovich and his...

By Michael Cavna  | November 18, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, Interviews With Cartoonists  | Tags:  Garry Trudeau, Jeff Keane, Mike Luckovich, National Cartoonists Society, Rick Kirkman, Stephan Pastis, Tom Richmond, USO  
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SARAH PALIN & MICHAEL BLOOMBERG power their way to America's comic-book covers [UPDATED]

(Marvel Entertainment) In the wake of the midterms, President Obama is even losing political ground on America's comic-book covers. Back in his halycon days of the inauguration, of course, Obama graced Marvel's Spider-Man (No. 583), a coveted issue that...

By Michael Cavna  | November 17, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Superheroes, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Bluewater Comics, Marvel Comics, Michael Bloomberg, Sarah Palin  
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TRAILERS OF THE DAY: 'Green Lantern' vs. 'Cars 2' -- who does it better?

Both films center on sometimes-reckless hotshots traveling at incredible rates of speed. Both films pit their star's superpowered talents against a world of challengers. And mostly, both "Green Lantern" and "Cars 2" have sparked guarded high-octane optimism as they...

By Michael Cavna  | November 17, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Superheroes, The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Cars 2, DC Entertainment, Disney/Pixar, Green Lantern  
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The Riff: 'SOUTH PARK' is sued over video -- but what-what does this mean for parody?

(Comedy Central / Viacom) Comic Riffs speaks not at all as a legal eagle and entirely as an occasional fine-feathered parodist when we say: How in the name of Butters does Brownmark Films -- aka the makers of 2007's...

By Michael Cavna  | November 16, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Animation, The Riffs  | Tags:  Brownmark Films, Matt Stone, South Park, Trey Parker  
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THIS JUST IN: Only 3 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature

"Toy Story 3," it turns out, will have to top only two other nominees to win the Oscar next year for Best Animated Feature Film. The Academy has accepted 15 animated features for consideration, Oscars organizers announced Monday --...

By Michael Cavna  | November 15, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Oscars animation, The Academy Awards  
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BEHIND THE SCENES: See 'Cul de Sac,' 'Pearls,' 'Lio' cartoonists offer peeks behind the creative curtain

RingTales co-founder Michael Fry recently told Comic Riffs that his animation studio would soon feature behind-the-scenes interviews with such cartoonists as Stephan Pastis ("Pearls Before Swine"), Richard Thompson ("Cul de Sac"), Mark Tatulli ("Lio") and Paul Gilligan ("Pooch Cafe"),...

By Michael Cavna  | November 15, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Lio, Mark Tatulli, Michael Fry, Pearls Before Swine, Richard Thompson, RingTales, Stephan Pastis  
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BOX OFFICE: Reigning champ 'Megamind' (and 'SNL' parody) derails 'Unstoppable'

Blunted by the power of an animated Will Ferrell, the debut of "Unstoppable" proved, well, stoppable. "Megamind" -- featuring the voice of Ferrell as the blue-headed recidivistic villain -- grossed $30-million to win the top spot at the domestic...

By Michael Cavna  | November 14, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  DreamWorks Animation, Megamind, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell  
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