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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 07/25/2008

The Morning Line: "Sherman" Survives a Snark Attack

By Michael Cavna

No lame or flat-lining punchline consumes us today, and the badly drawn panel holds no perverse allure. Like flecks of gold in the creekbed, three strips catch our eye and fancy this morning, each mined for small joys. So without delay, we swim smiling in snark-infested waters:

Sherman's Lagoon: The Warhol model promises "15 minutes of pain." (King Features)

We must speak up, because now this week's "Sherman's" storyline -- which entertainingly spoofs the art world -- has gone and spread outright lies. To set the record straight: Art agents do not have cattle-prods to inspire balky artists. No, no, that would be far too gauche. They favor taser guns. And more painful yet, agents wield a more fearsome weapon: their hands. On your paycheck...

Lio: When diapering is pure hell. (Universal Press Syndicate)

Sweet payoff. The devil's in the details. Literally.

Agnes: Baguette in hand, Grandma is your meal ticket.(Creators Syndicate)

We'd like to take a moment to note simply: There is something rather exquisite about how Agnes's grandma is drawn. Loose, appealing, wonderfully oddball, it's as if she's an escapee from a whimsical French-Canadian animated short. Note to Cochran: We would embrace a bigger role for Grandma -- that or her own spinoff, oui?

Which of today's cartoons do you like, love or loathe -- or laugh at despite yourself? Our "Line" is open -- and tune in later today for this week's Riffy Awards...

By Michael Cavna  | July 25, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Let's talk about Becker. If she tires of Jeremy, I'm next in line.

Posted by: f2 | July 25, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I've never actually read to the end of an Agnes.

Posted by: Tom T. | July 25, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

More hand questions arise in the third panel of today's Sally Forth strip flashback. Only one of which is "how can an arm connect with the body behind it at any reasonable elbow angle." The thinness of the arm, the shape of the hand and the angle of Ted's wrist is something best left for others to point out.

Posted by: I'm Beginning to Wonder About Ted Forth | July 25, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Loath Lio....enought said.
Agnes is so perfect! Sherman is his usual wonderful self with the usual suspects making all the right comments.

Posted by: PearlandPeach | July 25, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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