inBlogs: The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs
Comic Riffs, The Washington Post’s quirky, unusual, and fun to read blog about comics, animation, sci-fi films, and other aspects of fan-boy culture, is run by “recovering cartoonist” Michael Cavna.
Cavna currently writes and edits articles for the Post‘s Style section. His comic strips (“Warped” among others) have appeared in the Post, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, among many other major newspapers.
Cavna also produces original artwork, which has been purchased by such luminaries as Jimmy Carter and Neil Diamond. Tongue in cheek, he remarks that he’s happy to have the extra income, and that he places no value judgement on anyone who pays in cash.
His favorite compliment came from “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz: “You do funny things.” To this day, Cavna is not quite sure whether Schulz was referring to his comic strip or to his tragically crooked cummerbund.
As the Post says in the description for Comic Riffs, “[it] is devoted to you, the fan of comics, animation, sci-fi film or fanboy culture. Grab a seat and an opinion as we celebrate, contemplate, eviscerate and pontificate on cartoons — from strips to superheroes, Pixar to political cartoons, Iron Man to Obama.
We’ll also cover comics culture, conduct reader polls, offer interviews with cartoonists, swap news about the industry and discuss trends and buzz within the field. So make yourself at home and consider this blog just like a Comic-Con Without Borders.”
Recent posts covered varied topics such as highlights from the actual ComicCon, a recent bad review of the Dark Knight Rising on rottentomatoes.com, Google Doodles, political cartoons about ObamaCare, Pixar’s Brave, and much more.
All of Cavna’s posts are written in his trademark tongue-in-cheek, witty style. Even readers who don’t consider themselves to be ‘fan-boys’ or ‘geeks’ will be drawn to subscribe to his blog. Check out a few entries, and see if you agree with us!