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Comic Riffs: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

The 'Riffs Interview: 'ILLUSIONIST' filmmaker Sylvain Chomet delves into art, inspiration & Oscars

(images: "The Illusionist" / Sony Pictures Classics) In 1949's sometime-sublime "Jour de fête," the French comedic legend Jacques Tati plays a postal worker who gives determined chase to a careening, unmanned bicycle. Tati skids, swerves, pivots and then sprints...

By Michael Cavna  | February 11, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Animation  | Tags:  2011 Academy Awards, Jacques Tati, Sylvain Chomet, The Illusionist, Triplets of Belleville  
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DOODLE OF THE DAY: Google Logo spotlights Edison's birthday

O Google, you spoil us. Days after your logo celebrated the birthday of writer Jules Verne, your home-page Google Doodle today marks the 164th birthday of Thomas Edison. At this rate, a user could become accustomed to equally inventive...

By Michael Cavna  | February 11, 2011; 1:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Google Doodles, Nikolas Tesla, Thomas Edison  
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From Peter Pan to Pirates: RIP, Disney legend BILL JUSTICE

(Image: Walt Disney Studios) If you ever watched a rambunctious Thumper slide memorably along the ice beside Bambi, you knew the gifted man's work. If you ever saw the high-pitched chipmunks Chip 'n' Dale flit and scamper in fluid...

By Michael Cavna  | February 10, 2011; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, The Animation  | Tags:  Bambi, Bill Justice, Chip 'N' Dale, Pirates of the Caribbean, Walt Disney Studios  
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TRAILER OF THE DAY: Hotly anticipated 'X-MEN: First Class' lands...at last! [UPDATED]

In less than two minutes, X-Men may have just moved to the head of the class. At times during this season of cinematic superheroes, this year's Mutant reboot has seemed like the Marvel universe's sad, beastly stepchild as "Thor"...

By Michael Cavna  | February 10, 2011; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes  | Tags:  Marvel Entertainment, X-Men: First Class  
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3-D AWARDS: 'Toy Story 3,' 'Train Your Dragon' both emerge as winners

At the 3D Creative Arts Awards, at least, there's plenty of room for both "Toy Story 3" and "How to Train Your Dragon" on the podium. Both the Disney/Pixar film and the DreamWorks Animation movie -- which will go...

By Michael Cavna  | February 10, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Animation Awards, Disney Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, How to Train Your Dragon, Tangled, Toy Story 3  
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THE LINES ARE DRAWN: Satirists take aim at AOL/HuffPo deal [UPDATED]

Note: This news item was originally published at 3:50 ET Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker shared his thoughts with Comic Riffs about AOL's $315-million deal with the Huffington Post, saying: "I'm hoping Arianna takes maybe a...

By Michael Cavna  | February 9, 2011; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  AOL, Matt Wuerker, Next Media Animation, Politico, The Huffington Post  
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QUICK POST: And the FF's new Human Torch replacement is...Spidey! [UPDATED]

Note: This news item was originally published at 1:47 p.m. Wednesday. (Image: Steve Epting / courtesy of Marvel Entertainment) Two weeks ago came the news that Marvel was extinguishing the Human Torch. Not only would Johnny Storm die, but...

By Michael Cavna  | February 9, 2011; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes  | Tags:  Fantastic Four, Future Foundation, Jonathan HIckman, Marvel, Spider-Man, Steve Epting, Tom Brevoort  
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'SPIDER-MAN' producers miffed by 'early' theater reviews

(Image: Associated Press) Yesterday, Comic Riffs brought you an excerpt from The Post's withering review of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" -- as well as theater critic Peter Marks's explanation as to why The Post, like at least...

By Michael Cavna  | February 8, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, Superheroes  | Tags:  Bono, Julie Taymor, Peter Marks, Rick Miramontez, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Edge  
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BOON OR BOONDOGGLE? Working artists react to the HuffPo/AOL deal

For cartoonists accustomed to a paycheck in exchange for their drawn content, will the new AOL/HuffPo deal be a case of "You've got fail"? Or now that Arianna Huffington prepares to head up Huffington Post Media Group as queen...

By Michael Cavna  | February 8, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Daryl Cagle, Drew Dernavich, Jen Sorensen, Matt Fiore, Matt Wuerker, Scott Adams, Steve Greenberg, Ward Sutton  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: Google Doodle salutes Jules Verne

As Google's animated "doodles" go, today's is in a league of its own. Google pays tribute to French sci-fi writer Jules Verne with rather an elegant home-page animation for Feb. 8 -- what would have been his 183rd birthday....

By Michael Cavna  | February 8, 2011; 1:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Google Doodles, Jules Verne  
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SPIDER-MAN REVIEW: 'Turn Off the Dark' a formidable contender for worst musical ever

A coherent plot. Tolerable music. Workable sets. And a little lucidity. Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks doesn't necessarily ask for the moon and the stars when staring skyward to see a superhero soar through Broadway's Foxwoods Theatre. But...

By Michael Cavna  | February 7, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, Superheroes  | Tags:  Bono, Julie Taymor, Marvel, Peter Marks, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Edge  
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SUPER BOWL ADS: From 'Rio' to 'Rango,' a Geek's Guide [UPDATED]

Note: This post has been updated since Sunday afternoon. The Ravens and Eagles may be ticked to be viewing the Super Bowl from their Barcaloungers, but the angriest birds this side of Ray Lewis did see some screen-promo time. During...

By Michael Cavna  | February 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Super Bowl commercials  
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