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Comic Riffs: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

TUCSON TRAGEDY: O'Reilly asks: Is Nate Beeler a pinhead or a patriot?

Since last weekend's tragic shooting in Tucson, two polarizing cartoons have particularly stirred debate: One by NYT-syndicated Jeff Danziger, another by the Washington Examiner's Nate Beeler. On Tuesday, Comic Riffs interviewed both cartoonists about their work in response to...

By Michael Cavna  | January 15, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Bill O'Reilly, Jeff Danziger, Nate Beeler  
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THIS WEEK IN COMICS: Hark! 6 Random Musings and Highlights

(Image: courtesy of Ruben Bolling) 1. CARTOON OF THE WEEK... has to go to Ruben Bolling's inspired take on the "Huckleberry Finn" language controversy in his comic "Tom the Dancing Bug." The full title of the comic -- which...

By Michael Cavna  | January 14, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General  
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OBAMA & GLENN BECK agree on one thing: Spider-Man!

Glenn Beck and Barack Obama might have more common ground that we thought. Both, it turns out, are fans of Spidey. And if that kind of pop-culture meeting of the minds doesn't show off the webslinger's superpower, we don't...

By Michael Cavna  | January 13, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Superheroes  | Tags:  Glenn Beck, Julie Taymor, President Obama, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark  
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CAPTAIN AMERICA fights for suicide-prevention awareness

Real-life hotlines have sometimes had a dark presence in comics. "A Death in the Family" comes to mind, for example, when Batman readers -- voting via a 1-900 number -- chose the fatal fate of Jason Todd as Robin...

By Michael Cavna  | January 12, 2011; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes, The Comic Book  | Tags:  Captain America, Marvel Comics, Suicide prevention  
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When DILBERT meets Star Trek: Top 10 'Pon Farr' Guesses

Comic Riffs would have guessed that in the Venn diagram to represent crossover between "Dilbert" fans and Trekkies, the overlap would be almost complete and total -- as in synch as a full eclipse or a Vulcan mind-meld. Comic...

By Michael Cavna  | January 12, 2011; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Dilbert, Scott Adams, Star Trek  
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O PIONEERS: On John Lasseter's birthday, a look back at Pixar's origin story

Updated: 3:03 p.m. ET It was the late-'80s and I had caught "Luxo Jr." at the touring Spike & Mike Animation Festival. The CGI short, in short, visually rocked my world. Eager to discuss it, to dissect this brief vision...

By Michael Cavna  | January 12, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Alvy Ray Smith, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, Luxo Jr., Pixar Studios, Tin Toy  
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TUCSON TRAGEDY: Cartoonists diverge on whether to go partisan

(Image: courtesy of Nate Beeler) Washington Examiner editorial cartoonist NATE BEELER can abide his colleagues using the Tucson shooting to make a political point. What repulses him, however, is what he views as willfully misconstruing the facts to turn...

By Michael Cavna  | January 11, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Ed Stein, Jeff Danziger, Nate Beeler, Tucson tragedy  
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IMAGE OF THE DAY: New Yorker cover artist sends Spider-Man to the hospital

Barry Blitt had a big assignment and very little time, and that was precisely when his Spidey sense of humor kicked in: What if the webslinger, he mused, was rendered as a Last Traction Hero? "The first thing that...

By Michael Cavna  | January 11, 2011; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, Superheroes  | Tags:  Barry Blitt, Christopher Tierney, Francoise Mouly, Julie Taymor, Spider-Man, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, The New Yorker magazine  
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TUCSON TRAGEDY: Nation's cartoonists respond to the shooting [UPDATED]

(Note: This collection was originally published Monday at 10:50 a.m. ET) Arizona Daily Star's cartoonist/columnist David Fitzsimmons drew from life quite personally in response to Saturday's shooting tragedy in Tucson. Fitzsimmons, who was at the scene shortly after the...

By Michael Cavna  | January 10, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Daryl Cagle, David Fitzsimmons, Ed Stein, Jeff Koterba, Jen Sorensen, Lalo Alcaraz, Matt Wuerker, Signe Wilkinson, Steve Benson  
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The Morning Line: Arizona cartoonist apologizes for Tucson tragedy remarks on CNN

GALLERY: Nation's cartoonists respond to the Tucson shooting (Cartoon: David Fitzsimmons / courtesy of cagle.com) Within hours of the tragedy, Arizona Daily Star editorial cartoonist and columnist David Fitzsimmons apologized for his politically charged remarks. Fitzsimmons was on the...

By Michael Cavna  | January 10, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Morning Line, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  David Fitzsimmons  
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