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November 5, 2008 | Sherry Stern, Stern is a Times staff writer.
Berkeley Breathed has a message for those "Opus" fans who were worried that the penguin was deep-sixed Sunday when his 5-year-old comic strip shut down. "Jumpin' Jehosphat," Breathed told The Times via e-mail, "Tony Soprano sleeps with the fishes, which is to say, dead. Opus sleeps with a bunny in a feather bed, dreaming of a more hopeful tomorrow morning." Most fans got that sweet image when they saw the final "Opus" online at humane society.org/opus. But others were worried because the penultimate strip in print took place in an animal shelter setting and then, in the finale, Opus was being put to sleep (so to speak)
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2008 | Associated Press
In a batch of 20 new episodes, Charlie Brown and the gang have been brought back to animated life, much in the style of their classic holiday TV specials. But this time Lucy, Snoopy and the others have been remade for the Web in 3-to-4-minute videos taken directly from classic 1964 comic strips. The videos, produced with Flash animation, were made by Warner Bros.' Motion Comics, which has previously brought strips of Batman, Superman and Watchmen to animated life. The "Peanuts" project was done with the involvement of the Charles Schulz family and estate, which monitored the adaptation.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2008 | Yvonne Villarreal, Villarreal is a Times staff writer.
Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" is predicting a victory for Barack Obama, and newspaper editors around the country are debating whether to publish the comic no matter the results of the election. Wednesday's strip is set in Iraq and features military characters huddled around a television that proclaims "And it's official -- Barack Obama has won. . . ." In an e-mail to The Times, Trudeau said newspapers should run the strip because ". . . polling data gives McCain a 3.7% chance of victory.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2008 | Sherry Stern
Berkeley Breathed is pulling the plug on his comic "Opus" after Nov. 2 and on his career as a comic strip artist. The 5-year-old Sunday comic with a political bent, starring the penguin from Breathed's classic comic "Bloom County," is ending just before the presidential election. In an e-mail to The Times, Breathed, 51, wrote Monday: "30 years of cartooning to end. I'm destroying the village to save it. Opus would inevitably become a ranting mouthpiece in the coming wicked days, and I respect the other parts of him too much to see that happen.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2008
"Between Friends" joins Calendar today, one of the comics we're letting readers sample as a possible replacement for "For Better or for Worse," which is now in reruns. For the next five weeks, we'll sample "Between Friends," by Sandra Bell-Lundy. After that we'll sample two more comics, then we'll make a selection. Send comments to comics@ latimes.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2008 | Hank Stuever, Washington Post
The end of the world is here: Lizardbreath has married Blandthony. Grandpa Jim is on his deathbed, with pitiable second wife Iris at his side. Our protagonist, Elly Patterson, is a Kleenex-clutching mess, as ever. She can't believe how the years have gone by a wrinkle at a time, blah, blah, blah. Somebody says something disgustingly pithy every panel now. You can feel the comic-strip family saga known as "For Better or for Worse" (known to some as "FBOFW," and to others simply as "Foob")
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
Having premiered Monday on both NBC.com and SciFi.com -- it's all the same company up top -- “Gemini Division” is the first original Web series from NBC Universal Digital Studios, an entity whose proudly stated mission is "to develop and produce brand-centric, quality digital content experiences." That is to say, they make commercials disguised as drama, offering sponsors "full service solutions with access to top writers, producers and talent, high quality production expertise, consumer insights, measurements and analytics, and scale to reach their target audiences."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2008 | Sherry Stern, Times Staff Writer
The creator of the popular comic strip "For Better or for Worse" has had a change of heart -- literally and figuratively -- and won't be retiring after all. Lynn Johnston announced Wednesday that, beginning Sept. 1, "For Better or for Worse" will be retold in a blending of repeat and new comic strips. Not long ago, Johnston, 61, had planned to retire this year and offer mostly reruns of her 29-year-old comic strip.
NATIONAL
July 28, 2008 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
When Sean Tevis decided to run for a seat in the Kansas Legislature, he faced a serious problem: money. Local political advisors warned the campaign novice that he would need a war chest of at least $26,000 to compete against his entrenched Republican rival. It seemed like a fortune to the 39-year-old Democrat.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2008 | Liesl Bradner
This summer is overflowing with images of familiar superheroes and ominous villains, and the world of American Indian art is digging up its own version of the comic art form at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, N.M. "Comic strips were the first accessible form of mass media made available on reservations, and there was this immediate connection between native people and that type of work," said Antonio Chavarria, curator of ethnology,...
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