The Morning Line: When Bad Art Happens to Good Characters
When a witty comic-stripper who has no pretension of drawing well gives us bizarre art, we get it. To quibble over the art is like complaining about the cinematography of a hilarious Christopher Guest mockumentary.
Then, though, there are the more talented illustrators whose artwork occasionally, mysteriously, goes awry. To wit, three examples of When Bad Art Happens to Good Characters:
1. JUDGE PARKER: Ah, bask in the perspective, the tension of the crouch, the detail of the goatee, but then -- WHAT? Why is that errant dialogue balloon pointing at ol' man Cheatham's, um, lower back. We sensed that Cheatham is always speaking out of his tuckus anyway, but we meant it figuratively...
2. MARK TRAIL: Another case of Wildly Errant Word Balloon. Our artistic expectations aren't as high for "MT" as they are for "JP," but neither do we expect its art to go all "Gil Thorp" on us. But there, in the third panel, suddenly the balloon looms above the foregrounded bighorn sheep (thanks, "marshlc") -- which, if we indulge the visual faux pas, adds a rather entertaining twist. Someone ship this talking sheep over to "Pearls Before Swine" for a coupla weeks of real fun.
3. FRAZZ: If strips want to get anatomically vague, that's surely their prerogative, but "Frazz's" topless exploits stump us: If you're going to draw the navel, why not draw the nipples? Does Jef Mallett somehow consider the male nipple inappropriate for our breakfast viewing?
Visually or otherwise, what are your pet peeves in the comics? We invite your comments.
| August 13, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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