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Comic Riffs: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

REMINDER: Our Cupid Caption Contest ends at midnight

Quick reminder: You've got a few hours yet to enter the first Nick Galifianakis Cartoon Caption Contest -- and try to win a signed print with your winning entry. On Monday, we posted Nick's caption-less cartoon and asked you...

By Michael Cavna  | February 18, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Caption Contest  | Tags:  Carolyn Hax, Nick Galifianakis Caption Contest  
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'OBAMA NATION' artist decries MSNBC rant about 'racist obscenity' cartoon

"THE LAST WORD": Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Artist Batton Lash says he's fair game for criticism over his controversial "Obama Nation" cartoon. What Lash now calls out-of-bounds, though, is the extent...

By Michael Cavna  | February 18, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Andrew Breitbart, Batton Lash, James Hudnall, Lawrence O'Donnell, Obama Nation  
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LIGHTS! CAMERA! PORTMAN! New 'THOR' trailer's best special effect: Natalie

The first "Thor" trailer left some viewers underwhelmed -- beyond Anthony Hopkins's booming presence, all that Norse power seemed rather, well, muted and diluted. Today, though, a new post-Super Bowl "Thor" trailer lands -- and with it, Comic Riffs,...

By Michael Cavna  | February 17, 2011; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes  | Tags:  Chris Hemsworth, Henry Cavill, Iron Man 3, Marvel Comics, Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr., Shane Black, Superman, Thor, Zack Snyder  
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ENTER NOW: Deadline nears in our Cartoon Caption Contest

As tomorrow night's deadline approaches, Comic Riffs is enjoying your entries for our first Nick Galifianakis Cartoon Caption Contest. On Monday, we posted Nick's caption-less cartoon and asked you to supply the words for the art's chattering Cupid. You...

By Michael Cavna  | February 17, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  The Caption Contest  | Tags:  Cartoon Caption Contest, Nick Galifianakis  
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Adrianne Palicki: Flying high, here's network-TV's new WONDER WOMAN... [Updated]

(Image: NBC Universal) And the winner in the casting sweepstakes to play TV's next Wonder Woman is... Adrianne Palicki of "Friday Night Lights" fame. So says Warner Bros., in announcing that the not-blond-for-long actress has won the titular role...

By Michael Cavna  | February 16, 2011; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes  | Tags:  Adrianne Palicki, Wonder Woman  
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STAN LEE reacts to big-screen Spider-Man's new look

(Image: Marvel / Columbia Pictures) When Stan Lee is willing to spin a little Spidey history -- especially when offering his thoughts on the red-and-blue costume -- well, color us intrigued. As Columbia Pictures on Monday announced the title...

By Michael Cavna  | February 16, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, Superheroes  | Tags:  Andrew Garfield, Marc Webb, Sam Raimi, Spider-Man, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, The Amazing Spider-Man  
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PolitiFact runs the numbers on 'DOONESBURY's' post-9/11 gun stats

(click here to see entire "Doonesbury" strip) In this past Sunday's "DOONESBURY," Garry Trudeau's radio host Mark Slackmeyer compared "two sets of facts" involving Americans and fatal violence. In the strip's sixth panel, "Microphone Mark" Slackmeyer -- the longtime...

By Michael Cavna  | February 16, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, PolitiFact  
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IS THIS OFFENSIVE? 'Mother Goose & Grimm' goes to Chernobyl

"MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM": Hyperbole, of course, is one of the primary arrows in the satirist's quiver. Sometimes it takes the absurdly rendered view to restore clarity to an issue. That certainly seemed to be Mike Peters's approach last...

By Michael Cavna  | February 15, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Mike Peters, Mother Goose & Grimm  
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Matchmaking made for superhero lovers

"Is that a codpiece you're wearing or are you just happy to see me?" When comics geeks are looking for love, that seems to be just the right tone for online matchmaking services. And Comic Riffs has been pitched...

By Michael Cavna  | February 14, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Super Harmony  
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V-DAY CAPTION CONTEST: Enter now by writing this Nick Galifianakis cartoon

YOUR CAPTION HERE (Cartoon by Nick Galifianakis for Comic Riffs contest) Here at Comic Riffs, we're in the mood today to spread our wry brand of love. And what better way -- truly -- than by bringing in syndicated...

By Michael Cavna  | February 14, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (253)
Categories:  The Caption Contest, The E-Mailbag  | Tags:  Carolyn Hax, Comic Riffs Contest, Nick Galifianakis Caption Contest  
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CUPID'S NIB: Our 10 Eye-Catching Valentine's Cartoons of the Day

From bitter to the sweet, sometimes it takes the skewed but humane eye of a cartoonist to put an occasion like Valentine's Day into properly humorous view. Be it snarky V-Day some e-cards or today's home-page Google Doodle tribute...

By Michael Cavna  | February 14, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, Superheroes, The Animation, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Baby Blues, Barney & Clyde, Bizarro, Cul de Sac, David Fitzsimmons, Next Media Animation, Peanuts, Pickles, Spider-Man, Ty Templeton  
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BOX OFFICE: 'GNOMEO' respectable amid Sandler vs. Bieber showdown

"GNOMEO & JULIET": What light through yonder box-office window breaks? We've gotta hand it to the debut of Buena Vista's animated spin on the Bard's star-cross'd lovers, "Gnomeo & Juliet." In a weekend that box-office behemoth Adam Sandler's "Just...

By Michael Cavna  | February 13, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Buena Vista, Gnomeo & Juliet, box office animation  
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: 'SNL' (again) mocks Spider-Man musical after violations cited

"SNL" has just taken another swipe at Spidey. This, just hours after New York state reportedly cited the Spider-Man musical for violations over its workplace-safety record. A coupla months ago, "Saturday Night Live's" Weekend Update segment spoofed the Broadway...

By Michael Cavna  | February 13, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Saturday Night Live, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark  
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