The Morning Line: The Riffys: These Cartoons Are the Katt's Pajamas
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'.
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:
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.
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.
| August 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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