The Morning Line: "Forth" vs. "Parker": Which Brings the (Sexual) Heat?
Ahhh, can you smell it? The whiff of sexual tension grows so thick in "Sally Forth," you can cut it with a knife. (Perhaps even Glenn Close's cutlery of choice in "Fatal Attraction.")
We noted last week that the plot had gotten juicier, but we never thought this story of geeky "flirtation" would get this rich. ("Starfighter" fans, "unite"!) Mr. Marciuliano is having some serious fun with us, as Ted and Aria do full-contact crossword puzzles together, and things build...build....build to her offering her implement to Ted.
Are we reading "Sally Forth" or "Mary Worth" here?
Likewise, things are really heating up in "Judge Parker," where the cartoonists -- courtesy of Dixie Julep -- indulge in more Acts of Gratuitous Flesh.
In our many years of funnypage comic stripping, as it were, we don't recall any character ever actually identifying him or herself as an exotic dancer before. (The secret life of Gil Thorp?) And if you can, please, send us a line.
So our question of the day is: Which strip is higher on the sexual heat index these days -- "Sally Forth" or "Judge Parker." You got thoughts? Fire away.
Now, moving along expeditiously to the RIFFY AWARDS: Many of the responses to this week's "Drop a Comic" polling were so inspired and passionate, Comic Riffs is turning over this week's Riffys to highlight a handful of reader comments -- award-winning, all. To wit (in no particular order):
1. "With a couple of exceptions (Brewster), it's pretty obvious page three is for old people, little kids, and the kind of people who decorate their homes with pictures of kittens."
[Posted by: Drew]
2. "Maybe those strips that appeal primarily to the 6 to 10 year olds can be part of KidsPost. Then maybe the kids will pay for their own subscriptions. And stay off of my lawn."
[Posted by: emb]
3. "Beetle, Beetle, Beetle, a thousand times Beetle.
And I am so glad to see I'm not the only one [who wants to see it go]."
[Posted by: Julia]
4. "Who the heck is voting against Judge Parker?? America has truly lost its way..."
[Posted by: JkR]
5. "I look to the comics as a respite. Clever is good, funny is better, avant garde commentary on the bourgeoisie American mentality...meh. I know our souls are hollow caverns of mundane junk, I don't need someone from Remulak to remind me."
[Posted by: Fair and Balanced]
NEXT WEEK: We'll stage the polling showdown among this week's top vote-getters -- which Post print comic do readers most want to see get the heave-ho?
| September 26, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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