The Morning Line: The Power Rankings: 5 Toons We're Attached To
Just the other day, a new study measured our "emotional attachment" to television shows. By a formula that seeks to quantify human reaction -- and really, good luck with THAT -- market researchers measured fickle viewers for such things as show likability, satisfaction, emotional "stickiness," blah blah blah.
My take-away from all this was: The same dynamics hold especially true for comics. Most cartoon readers I've met develop real attachments to just a handful of comics, and those strips become their cherished few -- part of their daily devotional on their way to the horoscope and the Sports page. "Pass me "Zits" and "Pickles" before breakfast, thankyouverymuch."
But here's the catch: My favorite strips remain fairly constant, but the ones I'm most "excited" to read vary weekly based largely on storylines. That, and which cartoonists happen to be "in the zone" at the moment, full of fresh crackling ideas. (Obviously, single-panel 'toonists are at a disadvantage in how to exploit our deeper cartoon addictions.)
So based on all this, Comic Riffs has come up with its own officious-sounding study results that we'll post every week -- as our data and extensive internal polling vary each Monday. So without further ado, let us introduce:
The Story Line Attachment Quotient. (A.k.a. "SLAQ.")
Here, based on current developments, are our top five SLAQ'ers at this very moment. Your results -- and votes -- may vary.
1. "AGNES": It's said that lethal threats focus the mind. Well, the threat of pain, pestilence and a sneaky doc is bringing out the best in Agnes. The nearer that Needle of Contagion gets, the more eloquent our girl waxes. Nasal fires of tiny candle vigils? We laugh till she hurts.
2. "GET FUZZY": Ditto, Bucky Katt. The pain of this spastic cat being confined to the closet is bringing out very funny verbal pyrotechnics. We're hooked.
3. "SALLY FORTH": Ted's sudden sci-fi "flirtation" with Aria positively crackles with story-arc promise. Just look at today's second panel: The chair disappears before Ted, the background vanishes and the two colleagues have a geeky Hallmark moment. Either that or Ted has the IQ of a sponge.
4. "JUDGE PARKER": From Sam Driver to Dixie Julep, we wonder about this whole murder mystery: Where it will go, who pulled the trigger -- and can the names get any better?
5. "OPUS": To quoth The Clash: "Should he stay or should he go now?" That alone keeps us on the edge of our Ottoman.
You say your SLAQ'ers are wildly different? Then fire away.
| September 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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