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

JAPAN QUAKE & TSUNAMI: World's cartoonists respond to the tragedy

Martin Sutovec (Slovakia): (image courtesy of cagle.com) Hassan Bleibel Al-Mustakbal (Lebanon): Kap (Spain): Pavel Constantin (Romania): Manny Aenlle Francisco (The Philippines): John Sherffius (Boulder Daily Camera, Colo.):...

By Michael Cavna  | March 12, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Hassan Bleibel Al-Mustakbal, John Sherffius, Kap, Martin Sutovec, Pavel Constantin  
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'SPIDER-MAN' TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS: Show to shutter in April; open June 15

As expected by some entertainment observers, Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will shut down for more than two weeks as the troubled production's new creative team rushes in like emergency mechanics, ready to install their overhaul. The lead...

By Michael Cavna  | March 11, 2011; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, Superheroes  | Tags:  Philip William McKinley, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark  
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The 'Riffs Interview: 12 Secrets of the insanely viral 'OATMEAL' creator Matthew Inman

MATTHEW INMAN shares at least one striking trait with Mark Zuckerberg, beyond the fact they are once-introverted, sandy-haired, whipsmart men in their 20s. Both the Facebook founder and the founder of "THE OATMEAL" seem to understand their missions on...

By Michael Cavna  | March 11, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Webcomic, This Riffster's Reading List  | Tags:  Andrews McMeel, Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal  
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The 'Riffs Interview: 'MARS NEEDS MOMS' author Berkeley Breathed buckles in for Hollywood voyage

THE THREE FACES OF MILO: Berkeley Breathed's real-life son [from left]; Breathed's rendering of his Milo character for the picture book "Mars Needs Moms"; and Milo the boy hero in the new Disney film of the same name. (images...

By Michael Cavna  | March 11, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Berkeley Breathed, Bloom County, Mars Needs Moms, Opus, Robert Zemeckis, Simon Wells, Wendy Wells  
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NEW STEPHEN KING COMIC: Bluewater teams with the master of macabre

(image courtesy of Bluewater Comics) First came the sizzle, now comes the steak. And given the author, make that steak blood-red. Earlier this week, Bluewater Comics announced that -- timed to the current trendy heat around Charlie Sheen --...

By Michael Cavna  | March 10, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags:  Bluewater Comics, Stephen King  
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'SPIDER-MAN' SPINS NEW COURSE: New creative team, summer opening announced [UPDATED]

Note: This article originally published at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. For weeks, rumors have swirled that Julie Taymor was hanging on by a thread. Now, the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" -- aka Broadway's most expensive musical ever...

By Michael Cavna  | March 9, 2011; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, Superheroes  | Tags:  Bono and the Edge, Broadway, Julie Taymor, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark  
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RIP, DAVID BRODER: My line of tribute to a legend

If it's possible to be humble and approachable while also having earned your place on political journalism's Mount Rushmore, then our Post colleague David Broder embodied that deft ability to be an accessible institution in our midst. David S....

By Michael Cavna  | March 9, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  David Broder, The Washington Post  
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NEW CHARLIE SHEEN COMIC: First look at Bluewater's bio book

(image courtesy of Bluewater Comics) Why is Bluewater Comics releasing a Charlie Sheen bio-comic? Duh! Given the continued fascination from a large segment of the "can't-look-away" public, Sheen's ratings are still win-ning! (Or so Charlie might tweet.) The Vancouver,...

By Michael Cavna  | March 8, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Comic Book  | Tags:  Bluewater Comics, Charlie Sheen  
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IT TAKES TWO TO 'RANGO': Why the animated Depp hit is a very, very good film

"RANGO": Rango, you scaly devil -- you had me at "smuh!" As delivered by Johnny Depp, Rango the pet thespian's opening lines, actually, become "Smuh-smuh-smuh-SMUH!" With all his terrarium's a stage, our monologue-happy chameleon is doing vocal warm-ups, yet...

By Michael Cavna  | March 8, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes  | Tags:  Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, Rango  
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WOMEN'S DAY GOOGLE 'DOODLE': Today's logo invites you to world's bridges to mark 100th year

Today, Google does more than spotlight the 100th year of International Women's Day with its home-page "doodle," in which brightly hued profiles mark the social, political and economic advances of women the world over. By clicking on the company's...

By Michael Cavna  | March 8, 2011; 2:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Google Doodle, International Women's Day  
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Amid revolution, Arab cartoonists draw attention to their cause

Note: A somewhat truncated version of this article appears in the print edition of today's Washington Post. Comic-book translator DALIA ZIADA (image courtesy of Dalia Ziada) It was August of 2006 when Dalia Ziada, a young Egyptian writer, discovered her...

By Michael Cavna  | March 7, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General, The Comic Book, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Amr Okasha, Arab cartoonists, Babak Rahimi, Dalia Ziada, Egypt cartoons, Emad Hajjaj, Jordan cartoons, Sherif Arafa  
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WILL EISNER'S GOOGLE LOGO: Doodle marks 'The Spirit' creator's 94th birthday

For comics fans, today's image may well be Google's greatest "Doodle" yet. The latest Google logo celebrates what would have been the 94th birthday of one of the cartooning world's towering legends, Will Eisner. The home-page "doodle" -- as...

By Michael Cavna  | March 6, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General, The Comic Strip, The Graphic Novel  | Tags:  A Contract With God, Google Doodle, The Spirit, Will Eisner  
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