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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 08/ 1/2008

The E-Mailbag: Now Taking Your Cheeky Comments...

By Michael Cavna

The Top Ten List: We respond to your questions and comments...

We were wrong, apparently, to call this blog Comic Riffs. Given our collective preoccupations in recent days, we should have dubbed it Comic Midriffs.

The Week That Was, you see, has brought posts, questions and comments about sexual innuendo, sporting double-entendres, heterosexuality, homosexuality, intimate apparel, onanism, aphrodisiacs and, um, tonsil hockey. When we said we're going to "strip down the funnies," we didn't realize just how accurate that would be.

And so we address some recent reader questions and comments with extreme trepidation. Because one never knows what will be laid bare.

1. COMMENT: In today's "flash back" episode of Sally Forth...Sally has pregnancy boobs! Panels 1 & 2...standard Sally. Panel 3, she is a vision of fertility and life force, and only pictured from mid-torso up! Wasn't expecting THAT this morning.
COMIC RIFFS: This round of flashbacks, to say the least, has been a revelation -- and we think "a vision of fertility and life force" should be Sally's glorious new life-affirming mantra.

2. COMMENT: I actually started following ["Judge Parker"] when I saw Abby and Sam in the boudoir getting ready for bed. Abby in a hot looking nighty while Sam undressed with a knowing grin on his face. I later found out that's when she had eaten the hash brownies, so she fell asleep before any tonsil dancing occurred.
CR: Let's rerun those flashbacks. Just one question: Are we really supposed to believe that "Sam Driver" is not a stage name, if you catch our drift?

3. COMMENT: A week or so ago, Frazz had a joke about only reading catalogs for the female pictures. Lots of domain mastering going on in the comics lately.
CR: And of course, it only gets more salacious in Web-only comics -- aka "master of your own domain name."

4. COMMENT: Should it frighten me that I just stood up for ["Judge Parker"] and its humor?
CR: Standing up for "JP's" "humor" should not frighten you. No, it should scare the living bejeebers out of you.

5. COMMENT: Sally Forth would be bored to death [with "Garfield's" Jon]. I was thinking, how about instead of a love interest, Jon just gets a friend: the guy from Get Fuzzy.
CR: While we're on topic, we think it's time to cast the Rob Wilco role for that someday "Get Fuzzy" feature film. At first we thought Jake Gyllenhaal -- and perhaps Casey Affleck in a few years -- but now we think the perfect comic actor (who can do "beleaguered") would be Paul Rudd. Thoughts?

6. COMMENT: Hey, it's the 21st Century -- why couldn't the guy from Get Fuzzy be [Jon's] love interest?
CR: Now our casting thoughts return to Jake "Brokeback" Gyllenhaal. ("Jon Arbuckle, I just can't quit you!")

7. COMMENT: McCain is Grandpa Simpson--crotchety, easily angered, frequently forgetful, even more frequently annoying, and totally living in the past.
CR: Cindy McCain, though, would still have to played by Marge Simpson -- she's already mastered the towering hairstyle.

8. COMMENT: For Obama, I'm torn between [casting] Linus and Frazz. Linus has the eloquence ... but Frazz does have that overall air of knowing he's just a little bit smarter than everyone else. So I'd have to say Frazz.
CR: My, my, it's becoming clear just how many readers see Frazz as quite the elitist. Next up for Frazz: A New Yorker magazine cover, with him donning a turban next to a framed pic of Caulfield bin Laden.

9. COMMENT: Ahhh, you missed an opportunity with #6 [in "Seven Rules for Reading This Blogger"]..."Rule Six: There is NOOOOO Rule Six!"
CR: Like it. We had thought of adding either:
"Rules? There are no rules in a knifefight!" -- or --
"The first rule of Fight Club is: Don't talk about Fight Club!"

10. COMMENT: heroes? The Nancy creators are heros? They're company men.
CR: This -- this -- is how nasty rumors get started. No one here is holding up the "Nancy" creators as "heroes." Please, leave the wild guesses and mangling of the facts to the professionals: the media and Wikipedia.

And in response to a request that we offer a guide on how to read "Zippy the Pinhead," we will do that in a much-longer, more psychedelic blogpost to come. To fully appreciate all its dimensions, one probably needs to sample those "Judge Parker" hash brownies.

COMING SUNDAY IN THE WASHINGTON POST: We chat up some of the nation's leading political cartoonists about the presidential election.

By Michael Cavna  | August 1, 2008; 10:35 AM ET
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Marge Simpson to play Cindy McCain? Hardly! Check out Dick Tracy's "Shirl Locke"; imagine her with a blonde wig...

Posted by: Doodlez | August 1, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Are you suggesting that comic strip fans have a juvenile sense of humor?

Way to step out there with a daring hypothesis...

Keep up the great blog...

Posted by: JkR | August 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen "Fight Club"...and that Python skit ("Bruces") happens to be one of my favorites.

"She's a good sheila, Bruce, notabit stuck up."

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Links Links Links Links Links do you really expect us to open a new browser window and go looking for the strips you riff on!

Posted by: Sam | August 1, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of cheeky and midriffs and etc. - "Baby Blues" on 8/2. The last panel. Wow, in front of the kids with the baby monitor in hand?

Posted by: erin | August 2, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Just a question; am I behind the curve? From today's (3 August) OPUS has Berke Breathed declared it quits yet again for our beloved penguin and his meadow?

Posted by: Nancy | August 3, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

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