Comic Riffs: The Morning Line


Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/10/2011

The Morning Line: Arizona cartoonist apologizes for Tucson tragedy remarks on CNN

GALLERY: Nation's cartoonists respond to the Tucson shooting (Cartoon: David Fitzsimmons / courtesy of cagle.com) Within hours of the tragedy, Arizona Daily Star editorial cartoonist and columnist David Fitzsimmons apologized for his politically charged remarks. Fitzsimmons was on the...

By Michael Cavna  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Morning Line, The Morning Line | Tags:  David Fitzsimmons

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 02/11/2010

2010: A SNOW ODYSSEY: 'I Can Haz feline Snowmageddon diversions'

[ NOTE: Updated at 9:50 a.m. with new cartoonage.] Ah, the Morning After. The groggy rise. Time to embrace the Big Dig-Out. To the shutters we go and...yeow, too bright, too bright. We need coffee. We need more time. And...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:50 AM ET, 02/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 01/26/2010

From Saints to would-be sinners: our Fave Five picks this minute...

THE MORNING QUICKIE: From N'awlins to New Jersey, our fave five cartoon-related picks this minute... 5. FAVE POLITICAL CARTOON O' THE DAY: In the wake of the Supreme Court's recent ruling to remove curbs on corporate donations to political...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:05 AM ET, 01/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Morning Line, The Morning Line | Tags:  Drew Litton, Fredo&Pid'jin, Mike Luckovich, New Jersey Comic Con

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 01/05/2010

The Post's new Sunday funnies lineup: What hath change wrought?

The official 'Riffs question of the day, my fellow Sunday funnies fans: "Why-oh-why was the beautifully and substantively artistic 'Mutts' comic moved inside today and squeezed within an inch of its life?" Braving such treacherous elements as slick ice,...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:05 AM ET, 01/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Morning Line, The Morning Line | Tags:  Baby Blues, Doonesbury, Mutts, Sherman's Lagoon

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/02/2009

'Riffs Picks: From Tiger's 'Transgressions' to the Salahis' Confessions

From Escalade crashers to accused party crashers, here are today's top picks... So this morning, Tiger Woods essentially admitted, in standard PR parlance, to affairs. And all my mind can go back to is what Tiger told me in...

By Michael Cavna  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Morning Line, The Morning Line | Tags:  Bruce Beattie, Jen Sorensen, Michael Jordan, Mike Luckovich, Steve Breen, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, Tiger Woods

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/25/2009

'RIFFS PICKS: the Five Cool Links we care about this minute

THE MORNING LINE: From sweet potatoes to sweet, sweet superheroic victory, here are Comic Riffs's Fave-Five links that pique our interest this minute... 5. SOMETHING FOWL THIS WAY COMES: New Yorker cartoonist Zachary Kanin offers hard-won travel tips for...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:05 AM ET, 11/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/11/2009

Why do so very few comic strips bother to mark Veterans' Day?

In a time of war (or wars) and so soon after the Fort Hood tragedy, it seems especially a pity that so few comic strips bother to even take note of Veterans' Day. No, noting the holiday shouldn't feel...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:05 AM ET, 11/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/23/2009

A salute to Monty Python animation? This blogpost most assuredly is SPAM

The joy in celebrating Monty Python's brilliant high-jinks is not dead yet. All this week, IFC has been saluting the comedy troupe's 40th anniversary by airing the swell new six-part docuseries, "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)"...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/21/2009

'Riffs Picks: From the Washington Dreadskins cartoon to Comics Volunteerism week, today's top contenders

Do not adjust your set, your settings or your funnypages. As you've probably noticed by now, volunteerism is running rampant in the comics this week -- and by that, we don't just mean the meddlesome Keane kids "drawing" "Family...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 10/16/2009

'Riffs Picks: Where Balloon Boy and Other Wild Things Are

THE MORNING LINE: From Blondie's bed-hopping to Balloon Boy's panic-in-the-attic, today's fave cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. DRAWN TO THE FRONT LINES: First off, Comic Riffs applauds the cartoonists who support the troops -- personally. The...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:45 AM ET, 10/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/10/2009

'Riffs Picks: From the Nobel's Nervy 'Tude to a TV Superstar in the Nude--Today's Catchy Cartoons

THE SATURDAY MORNING QUICKIE: From Marge Simpson in the buff to Obama's Nobel guff, today's most eye-catching cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. The Nobel Obama cartoons came forth like a hard rain. Perhaps one of the...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/08/2009

Riffs' Picks: From Genesis to an Editor's Exodus, Today's Fave Five Cartoons

THE MORNING LINE: From holier-than-thou editors to R. Crumb's adventures in Eden, today's Fave Five cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. THE FIRST SWINE OF DEFENSE: As is so often its wont, today's "PEARL BEFORE SWINE"...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/06/2009

Riffs' Picks: From Late-Night TV to the Idiot Box, Today's Fave Five Cartoons

THE MORNING LINE: From Late-Night TV to the Idiot Box, here are today's favorite cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web... Facing the unforgiving spectre of a cartoon deadline, sometimes you inadvertently discover things. Under the pressure of...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/03/2009

'Riffs Picks: From Superman to Letterman, Today's Cartoon Contenders

THE SATURDAY MORNING QUICKIE: From Superman to Letterman, Comic Riffs's favorite five cartoons today, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. IF YOU DON'T GET IT, YOU DON'T GET IT: Every now and again, even the Trained Professional...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/25/2009

From Spiders to 'Surrogates': Our Five Fave Cartoons This Minute

THE MORNING LINE: From arachnids to avatars, here are our five fave cartoons for the day, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. THE MIGHTY COMIC HAS CRAPPED OUT: Some syndicated cartoonists tell Comic Riffs they can't use...

By Michael Cavna  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/24/2009

From Tom DeLay to Mickey Mouse, Our Five Fave Cartoons This Minute...

THE MORNING QUICKIE: From Tom DeLay's cha-cha to Steamboat Willie's whistle, here are our fave five cartoons this minute, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. DANCE AS A BIPARTISAN THREAT: With all the verbal gusto of Judge...

By Michael Cavna  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/23/2009

Morning Quickie: Presidents Garfield to Obama, Our Five Fave Cartoons This Minute...

THE MORNING LINE: Our five favorite cartoons this moment, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. TV AS Rx: CNN! CBS! Oxygen? To peddle his health-care reform plan, President Obama is visiting more networks than Emmys host Neil Patrick...

By Michael Cavna  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/22/2009

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

THE MORNING LINE: 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...

By Michael Cavna  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2009

Fave Five: The Cartoons Now Catching Our Eye

From all across the mighty web, here's the Official Comic Riffs Fave Five Cartoons list right now... 5. In a mere three panels and four balloons, this strip from Saturday pulled off the trifecta: It made me (1) laugh...

By Michael Cavna  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 09/17/2009

Hot Links: Our Fave Five Cartoons This Minute...

THE MORNING LINE: From bicuspid love to real political teeth, a hot-link roundup of our fave five toons right now... The rapper and the scrapper! The goader and the Taylor Swift-boater! The twin antagonizers turned apologizers! Yes, Kanye West and...

By Michael Cavna  |  07:15 AM ET, 09/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/15/2009

Five Things I'm Still Caring About Come Saturday...

It's Saturday, officially the day to mentally "empty-to-trash" so much of what freighted and weighted down your workweek. As I rouse and reflect, here are Five Comical Things This Riffster's Still Caring About... 1. MAKES A GOOD DOORSTOP: Some...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:00 AM ET, 08/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Morning Line

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 08/12/2009

Keeping Score: Who's NOT Running This Week's 'Tank'?

A Scoring Update From Scuttled Comic-Strips Land... Today's Official Quiz Question: When it comes to comics, what do The Washington Post and the San Diego Union-Tribune have in common? Yes, yes, both newspapers have run my staff cartoons in the...

By The Reliable Source  |  09:05 AM ET, 08/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 08/01/2009

Inside Line: Chef Luckovich Prepares a Prime Political Cartoon

The Riffster has got to admit: One of the cool things about this job is the chance to talk process and brainstorming and creativity with some of the sharpest artists around. Yesterday afternoon, Atlanta Journal Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:30 AM ET, 08/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 07/12/2009

Best of the Sunday Funnies: We Pick 'Em

The Sunday morning roundup of 'toons, from beached whales to pantless waterfowl... FAVE PSEUDO-FACT DU JOUR: "PICKLES" gets some swell comic mileage out of the ol' myth that a Pantless Donald Duck is -- as Popeye might pun --...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:30 AM ET, 07/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 06/28/2009

Best of the Sunday Funnies: The Eeriest Cartoon You'll Read Today

Rounding up 'Riffs favorite Sunday 'toons... "Pearls Before Swine" cartoonist Stephan Pastis has told Comic Riffs that he typically draws many, many months ahead of schedule. Which makes it all the more poignant -- or just friggin' eerie --...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:30 AM ET, 06/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/14/2009

Best of the Sunday Funnies: We Pick 'Em

A deftly drawn monster in "Prince Valiant." A big warm-and-fuzzy in "Mutts." And fun at Manny Ramirez's (female-fertililty) expense in "Tank McNamara." All in all, a pretty fair week for the Sunday Funnies. That said, Comic Riffs' Top Three...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/02/2009

Where Else Do You Go to Fill Your Comics Needs?

It's a fact that stares us in the face even more closely than a foregrounded Bucky Katt in a fit of crazy-eyed piqué: If you're a fairly serious comics reader in this time of cuts, no one newspaper is going...

By Michael Cavna  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 03/23/2009

The Showdown Poll: 'Judge Parker' vs. No Chance of Parole

Today, The Post announces its funnypage changes in the print edition. But Comic Riffs readers have had the chance to vote informally for their fave of five dropped Post comic strips -- or to check "none of the above" --...

By Michael Cavna  |  08:50 AM ET, 03/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/08/2008

The Morning Line: Obama! Palin! Who's Got the Best Line?...

As pundits and the press provide instant reaction to the political debates, there's one group that labors to keep up with this rapid campaign cycle: the nation's political cartoonists. Or, as artist Ruben Bolling says of cartooning during this quickly...

By Michael Cavna  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/31/2008

The Morning Line: Garfield -- Bring on the Crazy

Enlarge Comic | Dr. Liz may administer her own lip injections, but her shots at Garfield are getting toothless. (Universal Press Syndicate) Oh, we once had hope for Liz. Given her intelligence, education and access to large animal-prodding implements,...

By Michael Cavna  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/31/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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