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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/22/2009

Staff Recommendations: The Fave-Five Cartoons to Start Your Day With


From flood zones to low-fi headphones, here are today's Fave Five Cartoons from across the mighty mighty Web...

5. In today's Atlanta Journal Constitution, MIKE LUCKOVICH offers a little (comic) relief to his fellow Georgians weathering the high waters.

4. BREWSTER ROCKIT gets a nod not just for the gag, but for the visual attention to detail on the "Operation" board game. The subtle touches on the "Abduction" game are minor grace-notes all their own.

3. I wouldn't necessarily recommend basking in this graphically intense illustration over breakfast, but once you've finished your Weetabix and fruit wedges -- and provided you have a natural appetite for how anatomy is rendered, this PIBGORN is visually startling. (Brooke McEldowney draws blood in perhaps the most comically hyper-saturated crimson tones I've seen since the vivid opening to the Johnny Depp "Sweeney Todd" by Tim Burton,) Today, you may well call it "Pibgore."

2. Perhaps because I'm currently surrounded by four phones (two of 'em mobile), my occasional Luddite rebel loves this SLOWPOKE cartoon by one of the best social commentators currently wielding a mouse. Jen Sorensen.


1. I'm genuinely thrilled to present Riffs Top Pick of the Day: It goes to the great and graceful "Judge Parker" artist EDUARDO BARRETO -- recently featured in this CNN En Español footage. Any of his superhero cartoons or his "Judge Parker" Sunday drawing shown in the interview might rate the top spot, but I seriously dig the Batman illustration he paints during the last 40 seconds of this video:

Thanks to Riffs readers for spotting this clip -- and if you don't speak Spanish and would like to read the accompanying translated article, you can click here..


THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: Political cartoonist MIKE LUCKOVICH sizes up Obama.

THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: Alt-cartoonist JEN SORENSEN diagnoses the Second Great Depression.


THE PEANUTS GALLERY: As part of the strip's 60th-anniversary celebration, the good folks at "Peanuts" a photo look-alike contest. According to the release, "Moms and dads everywhere can submit photos of their Peanuts-Look-A-Like kids -- from round-headed Charlie Browns to loudmouthed Lucys." For full details, you can go to the contest's Web site:

THE LISTENING 'POST': Yesterday, Comic Riffs sought any questions you might have about production of The Post's print comics -- from surveys to downsizing -- and the reader response has been great. I'll pose your questions to editors in the days ahead, but meantime: Feel free to keep those questions coming.

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