The E-Mailbag: Pearls Before Feline
The time is now, fellow comic fans: Stephan Pastis is ripe for recruitment.
This week, in our "Bucky Katt v. Garfield" rant, we proposed that the perfect cartoonist to draw a showdown/throw-down between these comic-cat titans is Pastis, aka the creator of the twisted-and-truly-funny "Pearls Before Swine." Some of you immediately grasped the mad brilliance of our hairballed proposal (ease99 wrote: "Pastis would have a field day with this one. I'm laughing just thinking about it") and commented with knowing cross-toon wit that befits Pastis himself (thank you, jsutliff, for: "Before they can fight, Catbert will get them to sign liability releases and sell the whole thing on pay-per-view.")
And now Pastis has heard our plea. That doesn't mean he's agreed to set pen to Bristol paper, mind you, but he has heard it, which is a start. Which is precisely where you come in...
Pastis has agreed to be interviewed by Comic Riffs, which -- and I know, you're way ahead of us here -- means here's our chance to appeal to Stephan's sense of inter-strip adventure. So post any and all questions you have for Stephan Pastis now -- as well as your best sales-pitch for the good of the "BKvG" cause -- and we'll pose some of your queries to him. Now, if only we can get Darby "Get Fuzzy" Conley to design the fight card...
Speaking of "Fuzzy," on to our end-o-the-week Riffy Awards:
The best-strip Riffy this week goes to "Get Fuzzy," because -- really? -- how can one not be charmed by the onslaught of rat-a-tat (cat-a-tat?) wordplay? "UNwelcome Wagon...Apartmentland Security...unconscious objects...booby baboony trap!" (Some of this requires the context of the dialogue, natch.) As for "interfenestral monkey penetration," well -- somehow that just vaguely disturbs us...
The Riffy for art this week goes to "Agnes" -- or more precisely, Agnes's grandma. That loose, flowing line somehow conveys her sturdy, powerful presence -- for the rest of our reasoning, read this morning's "Morning Line" post.
And lastly, we still can't get past yesterday's "Prickly City," which was unusually cruel, even for this strip. And some commenters had the same reaction as us: Not only is it an unprovoked ad-hominem slam at Barbara Walters' appearance, but the whole Hugh Downs reference twists the knife in a vicious turn. So just for you, "Prickly City," we invent the Miffy -- for the strip this week that has some serious anger issues to work out somewhere other than in this punchline.
What are your picks for this week's Riffys -- or the Miffy? The E-Mailbag is open...
| July 25, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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