The Morning Line: This Olympics Fever Just Won't Break
The Olympic marathon continues to hurtle by at the speed of sound -- as long as that sound is, say, the glacial golf dialogue in "Judge Parker."
By "Olympic marathon," we speak not of the Beijing Games themselves but rather the mind-numbing gantlet of Oly-themed comics. From imprisoned Tibet-flag-waving tykes to imprisoned camera-wielding sports anchors, the funnypages risk committing their own abuses against the rights of comics readers -- that is, in trying so hard to tackle serious themes, some strips forget to entertain.
So, accounting even for degree of difficulty, we again score a sampling of Olympic strips -- and for those of you scoring along at home, you can post your own tallies here.
Herewith, the numbers from the scorers' table:
8.4 -- BREWSTER ROCKIT: Simple but effective, right down to the "Rrrchomp!" RIP Ensign Kenny.
6.8 -- TANK McNAMARA: Points for trying to be visually interesting while commenting on NBC's coverage. A full-point deduction, however, for drawing a non-Olympic "sport." It sure ain't tennis ("table" or otherwise) because instead of racquets or paddles, the players appear to be holding a mollusk and a leg of lamb.
5.8 -- CANDORVILLE: Nice to see the attempt at pointed sociopolitical satire, but this is a brutally tough comic maneuver that doesn't stick the fourth-panel landing.
5.2 -- SALLY FORTH: Would have received a higher score before we were pummeled by the first few dozen such gags. Points for the fact that Faye, in her own way, is kinda cool.
3.8 -- PRICKLY CITY: Major deductions for technical marks. The faux-Chinese lettering is just lame (we're reminded of Margaret Cho's great line about the insipid offensivity of "Chinese menu" characters); the third-panel imagery looks like Art-by-Spyrograph; and the pivot to the punchline doesn't flow. So ill-conceived, we're convinced Carmen must also be lip-synching.
What do the other Olympic judges out there have to say? Bring on your scores.
| August 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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