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Comic Riffs Archive: The Charts

'Due Date's' ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, champion of the comics

Zach Galifianakis is not only the hottest-working comic actor this side of Russell Brand. He also is a welcome champion of cartooning. On HBO's "Bored to Death," Galifianakis plays a character loosely modeled after New York cartoonist/graphic novelist Dean...

By Michael Cavna  | November 5, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General, Superheroes, The Charts  | Tags:  Dean Haspiel, Iron Man, Nick Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis  
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Which comic strip do we deem 'Best of the Decade'?

Not only is it that time of year -- it's also that time of the decade, when The TV Hosts, The Media and The Grand Poobahs of Pop Culture Punditry assign rankings to everything notable in the 10-year rear-view...

By Michael Cavna  | December 7, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  General, The Charts  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Richard Thompson  
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The Naked Truth: Boy, We Can See What's Left Behind

THE MORNING LINE: The quickie roundup of today's toons, from the naked and the damned.... 'JUDGE PARKER' (NAS)Enlarge Image POMPOM AND CIRCUMSTANCE: At last, Sophie is validated, the Evil Cheerleaders From Dante's Ninth Circle are vanquished and the new...

By Michael Cavna  | July 6, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Charts  
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When Comics Feel the 'Michael Phelps Effect'

I'm beginning to really worry about poor Rob Wilco. "Get Fuzzy's" favorite agoraphobe is obsessing something serious about "Dr. Strangelove" film reviews. From 1964. Talk about not being able to take criticism well (even formal arts criticism). For something that...

By Michael Cavna  | February 4, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Charts  
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Do "Zombie Comics" Have a Reason to Live On?

It's a riddle wrapped in an enigma trapped inside a coffin. A syndicated cartoonist, speaking recently to Comic Riffs, was mourning the lack of fresh blood in the funnies. "Corpse comics," the cartoonist called those strips whose original creators died...

By Michael Cavna  | January 14, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  The Charts, The Morning Line  
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Our Inaugural 'Manhood Chart': Four Characters Square Off

Morning, Cartoon Nation... On the matter of one Ted Forth -- yes, the one and the same Ted Forth I constantly, endearingly call "Lady Hands" in this space -- I find myself in wholehearted agreement with a certain die-hard comics...

By Michael Cavna  | January 13, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Charts, The Morning Line  
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