The Morning Line: That Vexing "Family" Tree
Do not be fooled. Oh, "Family Circus" pretends to be a mild-mannered, stuck-in-the-'60s comic panel, but that is a mere ruse. Under the cloak of simplicity, this trippy strip gets away with so much more, if one justs looks hard enough.
Today, the eternally 7-year-old Billy allegedly commandeers the cartoon as a "surrogate artist" and provides an "approximation" of what a "real" 7-year-old's cartoon might look like. (This gets meta so quickly, we are fatigued from the requisite air-quoting.) But here's what never fails to melt our synapses: The comic is now co-created by Bil Keane's son Jeff. So let's get this straight: The cartoon son of the "Family Circus" father is now co-creating the comic, which in real life is co-created by the real son of the "Family Circus" creator. And at least two people here, fictional or not, were born "William."
We think we just sprained our cranium.
Today's Best Worst Pun of the Week goes to that perennial contender, "Frank and Ernest." The strip pelted us with painful puns all week. But today's "Donkey Yote: The Mule of La Mancha," is such an audacious stretch, we're half-surprised the strip didn't decide to go the whole nine yards and have the donkey graze on the grass -- thereby making it "The Mule of La Muncha."
| August 2, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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