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Comic Riffs: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

RIP, ANANT PAI: 'Father of Indian comics' dies at 81

There long was such a poignant quality to Anant Pai's creative rise through the power of the cartoon. Orphaned by age 2, the multilingual scholar rose to become a parental teacher of sorts for millions of children and, in...

By Michael Cavna  | February 25, 2011; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, The Comic Book  | Tags:  .Rang Rekha Features, Amar Chitra Katha, Anant Pai, Indian Comic-Con  
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BIG NEWS: United Media to outsource syndication to Universal Uclick [UPDATED]

In a seismic shift in the newspaper syndicate world, Universal Uclick will take over syndication services for the 150 comics and other features handled by United Media, the companies announced this morning. Under the outsourcing deal, the Kansas City-based...

By Michael Cavna  | February 24, 2011; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  United Media, Universal Uclick  
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THE POST's CUPID CAPTION CONTEST: And the winning reader is...

(Cartoon by Nick Galifianakis for Comic Riffs contest) Comic Riffs invited readers last week to enter our first Nick Galifianakis Reader Caption Contest, and as befitting the Cupid theme, many of you showed a passionate flair for the comedic,...

By Michael Cavna  | February 23, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Caption Contest  | Tags:  Carolyn Hax, Cupid Caption Contest, Nick Galifianakis  
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RIP, DWAYNE McDUFFIE: Shocked fans, friends mourn the comics/animation force [UPDATED]

Tomorrow, Dwayne McDuffie had written on his blog, he planned to be celebrating the launch of Reggie Hudlin's new website at a signing alongside such Hudlin friends as Rashida Jones, Eriq LaSalle, Ziggy Marley and McDuffie's Milestone Media co-founder,...

By Michael Cavna  | February 22, 2011; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General, Superheroes, The Comic Book  | Tags:  DC Entertainment, Damage Control, Dan DiDio, Dwayne McDuffie, Marvel Entertainment, Milestone Media, Reggie Hudlin, Static Shock, Tom Brevoort  
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NCS REUBENS: Your 2011 'Cartoonist of the Year' finalists are... [UPDATED]

The National Cartoonists Society has just announced its three finalists for the 2011 Cartoonist of the Year Reuben award. And your trio of contenders are: GLEN KEANE, the animator/director who most recently worked prominently on Disney's "Tangled." Keane has...

By Michael Cavna  | February 22, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Animation, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Disney animation, Glen Keane, NCS Reuben Awards, Pearls Before Swine, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis  
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ANIMATED PARODY OF THE DAY: 'The Simpsons' Meet Pixar

With the Oscars on the horizon, "The Simpsons" continues a season most inspired. Into its fourth different decade, Fox's hit show -- led by executive producer Al Jean -- has especially unfurled great cross-art-form parodies in recent months. The...

By Michael Cavna  | February 21, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Al Jean, Nick Park, Pixar, The Simpsons  
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