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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 01/ 1/2011

THE YEAR IN COMIC RIFFS: What most resonated with readers in 2010

By Michael Cavna


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Which Comic Riffs pieces resonated the most with readers in 2010?

Our Webcomic of the Decade vote, we learned this week, was one of The Post's 25 most-read blog items of 2010. But many of the most popular articles were national news stories, poignant remembrances and anniversaries and, occasionally, simply a fond tribute to a cartoonist or comic creation.

As we turn the calendar on 2010, we take a look back at what 'Riffs readers most liked and shared these past dozen months, based largely on e-mails, calls and social-media feedback. They are:

1. How "A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS" was born 45 years ago.

2. Seattle artist MOLLY NORRIS distances herself from "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" and, after a death threat, changes her name and shields her identity.

3. Virginia college student OLIVIA WALCH shares her story after she wins The Post's America's Next Great Cartoonist contest.

4. GOOGLE DOODLES: Readers try to solve Google's mystery artwork and wax nostalgic with the Scooby-Doodle.

5. Pulitzer-winning cartoonists condemn threats against the creators of "SOUTH PARK."

6. "CYANIDE & HAPPINESS" co-creator Dave McElfatrick comes from Ireland with a new visa and fresh sense of viscera.

7. GARFIELD fails to land on his feet: Creator Jim Davis apologizes for Veterans Day gaffe.

8. AQUAMAN DOWN: A collection of top BP Spill cartoons taps into the roiling controversy, and Pulitzer-winning cartoonist STEVE BREEN travels to the Gulf to create political cartoons out of actual BP crude.

9. TINA FEY: Eight things cartoonists and other humorists can learn from Twain Prize winner's craft.

10. As DOONESBURY turns 40, Garry Trudeau offers his in-depth retrospective.

11. COMIC STRIP CHANGES: CATHY GUISEWITE announces the end of her Reuben-winning strip "Cathy" after 37 years. And earlier in the year, "JUDGE PARKER" artist EDUARDO BARRETO is gravely ill (and is subsequently replaced by MIKE MANLEY) -- prompting strong responses from readers.

12. The Rant: Why does APPLE (and its apps store) hate political satire -- including that of Pulitzer winner MARK FIORE?

13. HARVEY PEKAR: The indie-comic bard is memorialized by his colleagues and collaborators.

14. REMEMBRANCES: Comic Riffs remembers such figures as "Rocky & Bullwinkle" creator ALEX ALEXANDER and master illustrator FRANK FRAZETTA.

15. SUPERMAN LOOKS LIKE A MILLION: Vintage Superman and Batman comic books sell for more than $1-million at auction.


By Michael Cavna  | January 1, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  America's Next Great Cartoonist, General, Interviews With Cartoonists, Superheroes, The Animation, The Comic Book, The Comic Strip, The Graphic Novel, The Political Cartoon, The Webcomic  
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