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SHOUT-OUT OF THE DAY: Why 'Pearls' tips its (backward) cap to 'Cul de Sac'

(click here for enlarged image) The comics pages aren't unlike a sports team, in that only a couple of superstars are required to spark a wider sense of excitement, daily devotion and -- with an eye on the bottom...

By Michael Cavna  | November 19, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Riffs  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Pearls Before Swine, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis  
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The Riff: 'SOUTH PARK' is sued over video -- but what-what does this mean for parody?

(Comedy Central / Viacom) Comic Riffs speaks not at all as a legal eagle and entirely as an occasional fine-feathered parodist when we say: How in the name of Butters does Brownmark Films -- aka the makers of 2007's...

By Michael Cavna  | November 16, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Animation, The Riffs  | Tags:  Brownmark Films, Matt Stone, South Park, Trey Parker  
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RIP, Satoshi Kon: Will 'Inception' director speak now for 'PAPRIKA's' dreamy magic?

I am hoping that now, the high-riding Christopher Nolan will help give the great Satoshi Kon an even larger due. Kon's many, many fans, of course, don't need Nolan's validation to affirm the anime filmmaker's mastery and gift and...

By Michael Cavna  | August 25, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Animation, The Riffs  | Tags:  Christopher Nolan, Satoshi Kon  
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From Pekar to Callahan: Why a town's 'favorite son' cartoonist is good for the civic soul

"From my seat in a medium-sized newspaper, I can only advise cartoonists to focus their work on their communities as newspapers focus more and more on the local." That was the advice of the Cincinnati Enquirer's longtime cartooning legend,...

By Michael Cavna  | July 28, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Riffs  | Tags:  Harvey Pekar, Jim Borgman, John Callahan, Phil Frank, Richard Thompson  
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THE RIFF: Is 'SNL' talent blazing a trail for the future of newspaper comics?

Just how far will fans of comics and comedy go to bask in a sense of nostalgia? Michael Arndt, screenwriter of the record-setting "Toy Story 3," recently told Comic Riffs that his film's toy characters -- like the recently...

By Michael Cavna  | June 29, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Animation, The Riffs, The Webcomic  | Tags:  Beyond the Comics, Fred Wolf, Kirk Thatcher, Michael Arndt, SFGate.com, Saturday Night Live, SeattlePI.com, The Muppets, Toy Story 3  
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THE RIFF: Where does D.C. rate as a 'comics town'?

As the mercury hit 99 degrees Sunday, I had to wonder: Is Washington, D.C.'s comics scene ripe for heating up, too? While talking with "Big Nate" cartoonist Lincoln Peirce over the weekend, I asked him how he came to...

By Michael Cavna  | June 28, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  General, The Riffs  | Tags:  Aaron McGruder, Andrew Cohen, Ben Claassen, Comisgirl, Evan Keeling, Frank Cho, Herb Block, Jeff Kinney, Lincoln Peirce, Matt Wuerker, Michael Arndt, Mike Rhode, Richard Thompson, Shannon Gallant  
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Older Entries in This Category »

The death of Editor & Publisher: A cartoonist mourns, Michael Cavna , December 14, 2009
Swine Flu? Forearmed Is Forewarned, Michael Cavna , May 8, 2009
When Obama Drives the Funnies, Michael Cavna , May 6, 2009
When Obama Apparently Doesn't Lean Left..., Michael Cavna , April 24, 2009
Marmaduke the Movie? We've Got a Few Stray Ideas, Michael Cavna , March 12, 2009
Are Too Many Newspaper Comic Polls a Sham?, Michael Cavna , February 6, 2009
Miffys for 'Tank McNamara' and 'Curtis', Michael Cavna , January 30, 2009
The Riffys: Old-Media Picks for a New-Media Site, Michael Cavna , January 9, 2009
The Riff: When the Funnies Go Verbose, Michael Cavna , December 19, 2008
The Riff: All Politics Is Loco--and Amusingly So, Michael Cavna , December 9, 2008
The Riffys: The Envelope, Please ..., Michael Cavna , December 5, 2008
The Riff: How to Avoid the Day-Old Gag, Michael Cavna , December 2, 2008
The Riff: Which Strip Should Be Hollywood-Bound?, Michael Cavna , December 1, 2008
The Riffys: Dysfunctional Fun at the Forth Estate, Michael Cavna , November 28, 2008
The Riff: Comic Riffs Gives Thanks, Michael Cavna , November 26, 2008
The Riff: Cartoonists Need Post-Palin Rehab, Michael Cavna , November 25, 2008
The Riff: Where the Wilder Comics Grow..., Michael Cavna , November 21, 2008
Requiem for the Staff Political Cartoonist (2009), Michael Cavna , November 13, 2008
The Riff: Obama Satire...Too Soon?, Michael Cavna , November 12, 2008
The Riff: Appreciating a Great Post Journalist , Michael Cavna , October 6, 2008
The Riff: Who's the Online Comics "Editor"? YOU Are. , Michael Cavna , September 26, 2008
The Riff: Vote Now to Adopt-a-Dog..., Michael Cavna , September 8, 2008
The Riff: When a Hurricane Hits the Comics, Michael Cavna , September 2, 2008
The Riff: Sarge or Hagar, Who Is More 'Macho'?, Michael Cavna , September 1, 2008
The Riff: When Comics Literally Show Their Age..., Michael Cavna , August 28, 2008
The Riff: An Ode to "Calvin and Hobbes", Michael Cavna , August 14, 2008
 
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