The Morning Line: Introducing the "Riffy" Awards!
In our minds, the arrival of Friday means three things of note professionally: (1) San Diego Comic-Con is less than a week away; (2) hordes of "Dark Knight" fanboys and fangirls will be pushing past the "Mamma Mia!"-heads for uber-tubs of faux-butter popcorn; and (3) it's time to announce the very first weekly Comic Riffs awards. (Yep, technically, the week's not over, but many cartoonists run their weakest material on Saturdays anyway -- hope I didn't just give away a trade secret -- so we're awarding them today.)
So herewith: the inaugural "RIFFYS" (and no, the name only sounds like a mash-up of the Family Circus and Dennis-the-Menace dogs)...
Gag of the Week: "Sherman's Lagoon" (Friday)
Once we all agree that we're wandering into absurdly subjective terrain, we can move on to say: This day's strip not only surprised us, but it also made us laugh out loud (and we mean that in a gen-u-ine way and not a cheap "LOL" way). Here's our argument, if it pleases the court: The word "codpiece" is reliably chuckle-worthy, especially in a superhero-y context, but what elevates this is the kicker. "It's a cod" is funny to "hear" and imagine -- and it's perfectly organic to the strip.
Strip of the Week: "Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!"
This award will go to the feature that has a great concept and storyline that's executed on a high level throughoutthe week. This "Brewster" met our criteria. It opened with a group introduction to the amusingly named characters (the punning "Irritable Belle"!), then let the various scenarios play out in a satisfying way. Simply put: Brewster rocked-it.
Art of the Week: "Cul de Sac"
It's not a simple thing in 2-D to breathe life into, well, vegetation (sure, Cezanne could do it, but could the great Frenchman do it in a microscopic comic-page panel wielding nothing but a thin-nibbed pen, a-ha?). Richard Thompson succeeds at capturing the towering flower that's the bane of Petey's nature-averse existence. We not only see the attack flower; we feel it (this is the week's real "prickly city"). Bravo, Thompson, and please send word if you've got the name of a good gardener.
Agree? Disagree? What are your fave comic picks this week? Our lines are open...
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