The Morning Line: Finding Political Strips to Nominate
As the Democratic National Convention gets into gear, often will we hear the impassioned chant: "O-bam-a!" And when Sen. Clinton has her Denver moment, her Greek chorus of diehard followers will chant: "Hil-la-ry!"
To those names we'd like to submit a third candidate for chanting: "Tru-deau! Tru-deau!"
Before we get "four more years" of the "Doonesbury" cartoonist satirizing a new prez, we get Trudeau's convention toons. And based on the tone of today's, we couldn't be more thrilled.
We recently got word from Universal Press Syndicate that a new book about Trudeau is being published. Trudeau's partisan interests over the decades result in some readers not being able to appreciate his strip (the same can be said of conservative editorial cartoonists like Steve Breen).
We cast about elsewhere in the comics and Saturday, at least, there was another satirical comic that deserves props: "Candorville."
Working at a consistently high level every day can be a gargantuan task, but we would encourage Mr. Bell to look back to Saturday's strip whenever he's struggling to get it right. So many technical elements click in this particular strip that even if you see the punchline coming in advance, the kicker still delivers. The satire turns social because, as we know, is there any greater "sin" in our society than getting old? Well, yes actually, there is one: Being PERCEIVED as old.
And then we have today's "Frank and Ernest," which aims to keep in light and fun -- and so we take it in the spirit it's intended.
This actually is a better gag than the strip typically delivers -- with a sly bite we don't usually get -- but we quibble in one regard: The premise feels so 2004. Yes, convention coverage has morphed and cable news networks handle the lion's share but still: With all those chants of "O-bam-a" and "Mc-Cain" ringing out on broadcast channels, perhaps "F&E" should have waited till 2012.
What politically-minded comics do you love or loathe? We invite your comments.
| August 25, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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