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Comic Riffs: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

QUICK POST: Only 56 years later, the CCA seal of censorship is dead

Even the malt shop has now shed that decrepit vestige from the '50s. Archie Comics and DC Comics -- the last two publishers said to still carry the cobwebbed Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval -- will no longer...

By Michael Cavna  | January 22, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General, The Comic Book  | Tags:  Archie Comics, Comics Code Authority, DC Comics, EC Comics, Fredric Wertham, Ira Schnapp, William Gaines  
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TEAM CUL DE SAC: Richard Thompson launches cartoon campaign to fight Parkinson's

A new squad of cartooning forces has assembled to battle Parkinson's disease. Its name: Team Cul de Sac. "Cul de Sac" creator Richard Thompson -- who announced in 2009 that he has Parkinson's -- says he's teaming with Andrews...

By Michael Cavna  | January 21, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, Interviews With Cartoonists, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Michael J. Fox, Richard Thompson  
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BEST COMICS CONTEST: And the winners of your 2011 Riffy Awards are...

For some artists and fans, it seems, 2010 was the Year of the Muhammad Cartoon. Yes, Swedish illustrator Lars Vilks and Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and The Artist Formerly Known As Molly Norris attracted headlines and death threats over...

By Michael Cavna  | January 21, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Comic Book, The Comic Strip, The Graphic Novel, The Riffy Awards, The Webcomic  | Tags:  2011 Riffy Awards, Batwoman: Elegy, Dilbert, Jesus and Mo, Toy Story 3  
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STATE DINNER: Here's the animated Obama/Hu Jintao party you DIDN'T see...

Taiwan-based animators spoofing American leaders who are shown bowing and kowtowing to Chinese visitors. From wired pandas to red-carpet pandering, about the only thing that could further ratchet up this international send-up of this week's White House State Dinner...

By Michael Cavna  | January 21, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Hu Jintao, Next Media Animation, President Obama  
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QUICK POST: Anne Hathaway is the new 'Catwoman' for 'The Dark Knight Rises' [UPDATED]

Images: Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, below (Getty Images) Every key move of Christopher Nolan's newest Batman project has stirred speculation and scrutiny. So Comic Riffs eagerly awaits "fanboy" reaction to this fresh news: Anne Hathaway has now been...

By Michael Cavna  | January 19, 2011; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Anne Hathaway, Batman, Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy  
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'DICK TRACY': Writer-artist Dick Locher hangs up his fedora after 32 years

After three decades, Dick Locher is turning in his badge as storyteller and steward of the iconic comic strip "Dick Tracy." "It's time to move on to other things," Locher, 81, tells Comic Riffs. "It's time to do normal...

By Michael Cavna  | January 19, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags:  Chester Gould, Dick Locher, Dick Tracy, Joe Staton, Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Service  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: If superheroes were hipsters

HIPSTER SUPERHEROES: See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor. Wonder Woman piloting an invisible Prius? Thor as a manbagging art major? And Hulk wreaking havoc only ironically? Hipsters routinely come in for cartoon mockery -- from the...

By Michael Cavna  | January 19, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes, The Animation  | Tags:  College Humor, Hipster Hitler, Hipster superheroes  
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BORDER LINES: Why a third Pulitzer might be in Steve Breen's future

(click here for larger and interactive version of the cartoon) (Image: Steve Breen / San Diego Union-Tribune) As awards season ramps up and the Feb.1 Pulitzer deadline nears, Steve Breen would seem to have a fair shot at being...

By Michael Cavna  | January 18, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  San Diego Union-Tribune, Steve Breen, immigration  
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: LBJ orders himself some pants

Even LBJ, as commander-in-chief, ordered his pants one leg at a time. Then again, perhaps no other orator to inhabit the White House has ever phoned in an order for slacks quite like this. "Like riding a wire fence,"...

By Michael Cavna  | January 18, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation, The E-Mailbag, The Political Cartoon, The Video Shelf, Video of the Day  | Tags:  Adam Lisagor, Jesse Thorn, Polymorth Productions, President Lyndon Johnson, Tawd b. Dorenfeld  
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BOX OFFICE: 'Hornet' brings in the green to win weekend at $34M

THE GREEN HORNET: Yet another former "Freaks and Geeks" trouper is turning his recent filmwork to gold -- and green. Slimmed-down Seth Rogen's comic take as Britt Reid powered "The Green Hornet" to a $34-million take at the domestic...

By Michael Cavna  | January 16, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Holly Word  | Tags:  James Franco, Jay Chou, Seth Rogen, The Green Hornet  
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: 'SNL' renders garments to spoof 'The Cape'

Last weekend, NBC's superhero drama "The Cape" -- in which the cliched "honest cop" Vince Faraday (David Lyons) becomes the titular masked crusader, fighting crime in Palm City -- debuted to mixed reviews and nearly 9-million viewers. This weekend,...

By Michael Cavna  | January 16, 2011; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Saturday Night Live, The Cape  
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