The Morning Line: The Riffy Awards (For Better or for Worse)
Much business to take care of today, so let's get right to it...
First, many within the cartooning community are a-chattering over this week's announcement that beginning Sept. 1, "For Better or For Worse" will move into what is being dubbed "new-runs." What in the name of Farley is a "new-run," you ask? According to creator Lynn Johnston, she will retell the entire saga of the Patterson clan "from the beginning, eventually blending at least half of the classic original comic strips with new material."
"I'm starting right at the very beginning -- when Elizabeth was a little crawling baby and couldn't say too much, and Michael was in kindergarten," says Johnston, according to the syndicate's news release. She later adds: "I'm considering this a renewal, not a retirement." You can listen to Lynn explain the decision herself:
We've received some feedback from you already about this news -- some readers are relieved that Johnston isn't retiring, and other commenters (sound off, "whosis") are ready to rant. Is Lynn's decision for the better or for the worse? We invite all your Comments.
Time now to get to the Riffy Awards. This week, no singular gag stood above the best for us. As for the best art, however, we rather fancied:
SAUCIEST PERSPECTIVE: In all the panels of the all cat strips through all the years, we can't EVER recall see a verbally sneering cat drawn quite like Bucky in the second panel. Darby was inspired -- but by what type of snarky fuzzbutted beast, exactly, we won't ask.
BIGGEST DOUBLE-TAKE IMAGE: Major points for freshness -- here's the week's other image we've never-ever glimpsed before: Darth in the payoff panel. "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Gymnast"? "Star Wars Episode III: Ribbon of the Sith"? (You're surely got much-better spoof movie titles for this image than our lame-o ones -- bring 'em on.) And this image prompts us to ask: "Yoda with that rope and hoop, he is good?"
What're your picks for this week's Riffys? Our 'Line is now open...
| August 15, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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