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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 08/22/2008

The Morning Line: The Riffys: These Cartoons Are the Katt's Pajamas

By Michael Cavna

After scouring the strips far and wide, we find before us a kitty after our own heart. At last, in Bucky Katt, here's someone on the comics page who appreciates -- nay, who understands -- the critic.

In today's first panel of "Get Fuzzy," Bucky asks Satchel with dismissive incredulity: "Why are you still cooking? I gave your food a bad review." Yet Satchel, in his utter blissful doggedness, keeps on a-cookin'.

Darby Conley hails the power of the critic. (UPS)
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Welcome to our world, Bucky. We Post critics can be absolutely certain of the absolute rectitude and right-itude of our publicized insights, yet somehow, on that rare occasion, people just...don't...listen.

Yep, no lie. Instead of immediately genuflecting before our trenchant analysis, they sometimes brush off our glistening opinions with, well, no due respect.

In one swell foop of a strip, we have this: Bucky feels our pain, Satchel embodies our antagonist and Darby has taken a sweet swipe at the whole lot of us. Then again, to invoke Dennis Miller's old signoff: "That's just our opinion. We could be wrong."

Well, not really. Inside of us still beats a Bucky heart.

The above "Get Fuzzy" wins our Riffy for strip of the week. The other Riffys go to:

We would comment, but first we must "lawyer up." (UFS)
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BEST SORTA-INSIDE JOKE -- "Pearls Before Swine": What makes this strip an extra pleasure is the fact that cartoonist Stephan Pastis is himself a lawyer. For the Charles Schulz museum. Slyly funny to us? Guilty as charged.

When "Who's your daddy?" becomes a trick question. (Creators)

FAVORITE FACIAL EXPRESSION -- "Speed Bump": A small treat, but a treat nonetheless. See, many cartoonists would have drawn the wife expressing a look of dismay, anger or open-mouthed shock at being tracked down. Somehow, the blissed-out smile on the wife elevates the whole gag for us. (And why is she smiling, exactly? Apparently, if nothing else, she loves her a man with a bear-rug chest.)

THIS SUNDAY: Check out Bob Thompson's adventure into the world of graphic novels in the Style&Arts section of The Washington Post.

By Michael Cavna  | August 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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For pun of the week I nominate Thursday's "Flo and Friends"

And today's PbS Krazy Kat background and gag was inspired.

Posted by: f2 | August 22, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I concur with f2 about pearls the background took me back. not so sure about the joke though the -o'- thing is getting stale. how long has it been since "box o' stupid people" and mallet o' understanding.
Glad Get Fuzzy got your vote for riffy although it was a close on with Lio

Posted by: ease99 | August 22, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

When he pulls out the "sledge-o-matic" I'll start to worry.

The brick was a nice touch. Yeah, Kat!

I think the PbS 'o' is a stock item, and I don't mind. My teenage-huge-PbS-fan looks at panel 1 and 2 of the Sunday strip and says "it's gonna be another pun strip". In a good way.

Pastis does have several diverse gag types, which, even if they're expected, the spread makes them fun. The 'o', Angry Bob, the puns, many more.

This is the Charlie Brown flying a kite or kicking a football, or Lucy "educating" Linus, or Snoopy imitating everything (remember the sixties, anyone?) and it kept Peanuts fresh for quite a while. It's not quite the dozen or more characters spanning every bit of life that makes up Doonesbury, but it gives him a bigger bag to pull gags from than some strips.

There's more to a Pastis 'o' gag than there is to a "look, there's a spider in the Garfield cartoon. I wonder what's going to happen."

Posted by: f2 | August 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone have a reaction to today's "Watch Your Head?" The reference to "long showers" threw me off...either it was a reference to "cold showers" which is not uncommon, or it was a reference to a certain manner of, uh, "relieving" stress and tension. Reminds me of the "Big Nate" a couple weeks ago, where Nate got all skeeved out by what his dad may have been doing in his room for "hours."

Posted by: Omaha | August 22, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Did you notice the "racial diversity" in today's Blondie?

Posted by: shaw | August 22, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

One of the things I like abotu Get Fuzzy is that the whole comic can be funny, not just a punchline-based thing.

Posted by: Horacio | August 22, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Now I don't want to go off on a rant here, but if you are going to quote Dennis Miller you should bother to get it right. Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Unless you're just overly fond of the royal "we."

Posted by: yellojkt | August 22, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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