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Comic Riffs: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

THE OSCARS: Here are the 10 shortlisted animated shorts

From the traditional Termite Terrace storytelling of a Road Runner cartoon to abstract images scored by two Canadian musicians, a tremendously eclectic range of short films has been shortlisted for next year's 83rd Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion...

By Michael Cavna  | December 4, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Animated short films, The Oscars  
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Brenda Starr meets Batgirl: Artist gives MAUREEN DOWD her own bio-comic book [UPDATED]

(courtesy of Traditional Comics) If you are (a) a professional comic-book creator and (b) fairly a moon-eyed fan of New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, then your artistic mission becomes clear: You must pay tribute to her in cartoon...

By Michael Cavna  | December 2, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Comic Book  | Tags:  Benjamin Marra, Maureen Dowd, Traditional Comics  
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RIP, Archie Comics & Marvel artist John 'Jon' D'Agostino

It takes a truly fluid talent to be able to draw both Jughead and G.I. Joe, not just the movement but also the distinctly different moods of the work. Longtime comic-book artist John D'Agostino Sr. -- who went by...

By Michael Cavna  | December 1, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags:  Archie Comics, John D'Agostino, Jon Goldwater, Stan Goldberg, Stan Lee  
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Exit Interview: Buyout in hand, Star-Ledger cartoonist DREW SHENEMAN plans a career 'reinvention'

(images courtesy of Drew Sheneman) Speaking recently at Georgetown University, Mark Fiore reflected on his path from staff newspaper cartoonist to freelance political animator -- a redirected journey that led to his winning the Pulitzer this year. Fiore, 40,...

By Michael Cavna  | December 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Drew Sheneman, Mark Fiore, Marshall Ramsey, Matt Davies, Newark Star-Ledger  
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WIKILEAKS: The most eye-catching cartoons yet leaked...

Vladimir Putin as a bare-chested Batman! Gaddafi playing doctor with his nurse! And Uncle Sam going mano a mano with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange! And that's just from those upstart Taiwanese animators at NMA.tv (who are fresh off their...

By Michael Cavna  | November 30, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Christian Adams, David Horsey, Jimmy Margulies, Mike Keefe, Mike Luckovich, NMA.tv, Steve Bell, WikiLeaks  
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SPIDER-MAN ON BROADWAY: The Web's sense is tingling over mega-show's hamstrung preview

With great expense comes great avidity. And over the weekend, the most expensive production in Broadway finally landed -- even when a stranded-in-midair star required the audience to literally suspend its disbelief. After months of delays and headlines, the...

By Michael Cavna  | November 29, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Superheroes  | Tags:  Bono and The Edge, Julie Taymor, Reeve Carney, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark  
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Riffs' Best Books of 2010: Trudeau reflects on 40 years of 'DOONESBURY'

With the holiday shopping season upon us, Comic Riffs kicks off its list of some of its favorite books of 2010. Today, we begin with "40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, Garry Trudeau's massive new career treasury that's well worth picking...

By Michael Cavna  | November 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, This Riffster's Reading List  | Tags:  Andrews McMeel, Brian Walker, Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, Jules Feiffer, Lee Salem, Stephan Pastis, Universal UClick  
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When 'Harry' Met Rapunzel: 'TANGLED' debut edged by Potter at box office

As lustrous as it was at the box office, the hair couldn't quite beat Harry. Disney's Rapunzel tale, "Tangled," trailed the seventh Harry Potter film by a whisker at the top of the weekend's domestic box office -- $49.1-million...

By Michael Cavna  | November 28, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Disney Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Megamind, Tangled  
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