The Morning Line: The Olympic Bar Is Mighty Uneven
When you're a comic-stripper staring at that blank Bristol board, turning to World Events for inspiration can be a double-edged Exact-O knife. In the best of all worlds, you tap into the approaching zeitgeist with sparkling wit and eerie prescience.
Then there's the grimmer scenario: You enter a flooded marketplace of topically trite ideas with seriously lame material.
The current deluge of Olympic-pegged strips runs the full spectrum. So in the spirit of the Games, we take a seat at the judges' table and post our scores. For those of you scoring along at home, we invite your tallies.
The Cartoon Olympics leaderboard: Highlighting a handful of today's sports-happy strips...
9.2 -- "Pearls Before Swine": We're a sucker for the visual -- ponytailed Pig in the striped 'tard. Bonus points for the degree of difficulty: This effectively whets our appetite for the weeklong storyline.
8.2 -- "Tank McNamara": The page's regular sports strip is raising its game for the occasion. Bonus points for: "The Chinese are on the down-low with executions."
7.0 -- "Prickly City": Nothing exceptional, but sticks the fourth-panel dismount.
6.5 -- "On the Fastrack": The strip attempts the move that has perhaps the highest degree of difficulty: Graft the Olympics onto an office-computer theme. And it sprawls crumpled onto the mat. Time to start looking toward 2010.
4.0 -- "Mother Goose and Grimm": A punchline even more tired than Grimm's heavy lids.
The scorers' cards are now yours -- how you do grade today's Olympalooza?
| August 11, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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