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Comic Riffs: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

IMAGE OF THE DAY: Tom Richmond talks of unveiled NCS Reubens art

Reubens luminaries Gammill, Doty, Blechman, Keane, Pastis and Thompson. (image courtesy of TOM RICHMOND) If Reuben-nominated cartoonists Stephan Pastis and Richard Thompson suddenly give MAD artist Tom Richmond the silent treatment, now we'll know why. Richmond, the ever-talented caricaturist,...

By Michael Cavna  | March 5, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Comic conventions, General  | Tags:  Glen Keane, NCS Reuben Awards, R.O. Blechman, Richard Thompson, Roy Doty, Stephan Pastis, Tom Gammill, Tom Richmond  
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SHEEN MEETS MANKOFF: New Yorker cartoon editor offers his own mash-up

(image courtesy of Bob Mankoff / The New Yorker) Enough with simply putting Charlie Sheen's quotes to New Yorker cartoons. The magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, tells Comic Riffs he felt compelled to put Charlie Sheen in New Yorker...

By Michael Cavna  | March 5, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gag Cartoons  | Tags:  Bob Mankoff, Charlie Sheen, The New Yorker  
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NEW 'PUSS IN BOOTS' TRAILER: 5 Reasons Why Hollywood So Knows What It's Doing

"PUSS IN BOOTS": You didn't really think DreamWorks was just going to let the mighty Shrek franchise retire after a mere four films and 3-billion bucks at the box office, didja? Last summer, "Shrek" story-writer and voice actor Walt Dohrn...

By Michael Cavna  | March 4, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Antonio Banderas, DreamWorks Animation, Paramount, Puss in Boots, Shrek  
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'RANGO' BOWS IN: How the animated Depp film could help change the game

Update: "Rango" was tops at Friday's domestic box office, grossing an estimated $9.8-million at nearly 4,000 theaters. Revising expectations slightly downward, industry observers now predict an opening-weekend take of $36-million to $38-million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "RANGO": Johnny...

By Michael Cavna  | March 4, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, Rango, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson  
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TAKE THE COMICAL CHARLIE SHEEN QUIZ: Who said it first -- Sheen or a big-screen character?

RANDY BISH (via cagle.com): "You have [a] right to kill me." -- Charlie Sheen...OR "Apocalypse Now"? Is Charlie Sheen subtly cribbing from his own scripts? Or perhaps, too, even his dad's? Comic Riffs has been combing Charlie Sheen cartoons and...

By Michael Cavna  | March 2, 2011; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, The Sketchbook  | Tags:  Charlie Sheen  
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TOM TOLES: The Post cartoonist wins the 2011 Herblock Prize [UPDATED]

The Herblock Prize is staying in town. A year after Politico's Matt Wuerker won the Herb Block Foundation's editorial-cartooning honor, The Washington Post's Tom Toles [right] has been picked for the prize, the foundation has announced.. Toles is the...

By Michael Cavna  | March 2, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Ann Telnaes, Harry Katz, Herb Block Foundation, Herblock Prize, Matt Wuerker, Signe Wilkinson, The Washington Post, Tom Toles  
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CHARLIE SHEEN HUMOR: The 9 Most Eye-Catching Cartoons (So Far) [UPDATED]

Note: This was originally posted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The more the spotlight-addicted Charlie Sheen boasts of such things as "tiger blood," the more opportunistic humorists are going to tap that ripe comedy vein. The self-orbiting Sheen is continuing his...

By Michael Cavna  | March 1, 2011; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Brian Fairrington, Charlie Sheen, Chris Britt, Chris Haley, Curt Franklin, Francesco Marciuliano, Jimmy Kimmel, Matt Stopera, Michael Kupperman, Next Media Animation, Sheen Family Circus, Steve Kelley  
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The 'Riffs Interview: Post syndicate launches Donna Lewis's 'REPLY ALL' today

NOTE: "Reply All" creator Donna A. Lewis will take reader questions during a Post.com live chat today at 1 p.m. You can go to this link to read and participate. For many years, Baltimore native DONNA A. LEWIS was more...

By Michael Cavna  | February 28, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Amy Lago, Donna A. Lewis, Reply All, Washington Post Writers Group  
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THE 2011 OSCARS: 10 Geeky Facts About the Academy Award winners & losers

"Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich hoists the Oscar for Best Animated Feature (Reuter) In an Oscars broadcast co-hosted by Spider-Man's best friend (the heavy-lidded James Franco) and the newly cast Catwoman character (the high-energy Anne Hathaway,), it's only...

By Michael Cavna  | February 28, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, General  | Tags:  Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Halle Berry, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Portman, Pixar, Toy Story 3  
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THE 2011 OSCARS: Top 10 Quotes from the nominees for Best Animated Feature

Update: "Toy Story 3" wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. With the Oscars fashgasm and ego-palooza of conspicuous consumption upon us, Comic Riffs pauses to reflect on the words and wisdom of four true artists who greatly...

By Michael Cavna  | February 27, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois, How to Train Your Dragon, Michael Arndt, Sylvain Chomet, The Illusionist, Toy Story 3  
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THE 2011 OSCARS: Handicapping the Animated Short nominees

Update: "The Lost Thing" wins the Oscar for Animated Short. When it comes to Oscars-nominated animation, feature films tend to get the "Lion King's" share of the spotlight. But this year's field of Animated Shorts is particularly rich. Pixar's...

By Michael Cavna  | February 27, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Day & Night, Let's Pollute, Madagascar, Oscars animation, The Gruffalo, The Lost Thing  
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'ZUCKERBERG' writer likes 'Social Network's' Oscars chances tonight

Jerome Maida's mission wasn't entirely dissimilar from that of Oscar-nominated "Social Network" screenwriter Aaron Sorkin: By dint of research and glint of imagination, their job was to create a fleshed-out story that spins the largely mysterious person and caricatured...

By Michael Cavna  | February 27, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, Interviews With Cartoonists, The Comic Book  | Tags:  Aaron Sorkin, Bluewater Comics, Hayden 5 Media, Jerome Maida, Mark Zuckerberg, Sal Field  
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The 'Riffs Interview: 'FRAZZ' creator Jef Mallett on art, childhood -- and inspiration at the 10-year mark

(Editor's note: A shorter version of this interview appears in today's print edition of KidsPost.) JEF MALLET AT THE BOARD (photos by Jeffrey Sauger for The Washington Post) Neither Jef Mallett nor his comic-strip avatar, Frazz, has children, but...

By Michael Cavna  | February 27, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Frazz, Jef Mallett  
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