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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 09/19/2008

The Morning Line: The Riffys Go "Forth"...

By Michael Cavna

Nothing like a tantalizing storyline -- a plot brimming with sudden sexual heat -- to re-stoke one's interest in a comic.

Sally Forth, you have our complete attention. Or in this case: Ted Forth does.


Arms akimbo? Invading personal space? Someone is sure sallying forth. (KFS) Enlarge Comic

In a matter of days, Ted "Lady Hands" Forth has morphed from woebegone wuss without a friend in the world to -- what's this now? -- office manbait. Apparently even his '70s attire (that tie could house small pets) is not enough to dissuade a fellow sci-fi geek from approaching our humdrum chum. Or perhaps she's drawn to him because of it. They're namechecking films from the early '80s, after all.

To quote "The Last Starfighter" (via imdb.com), Ted, all we can say is: "Divert! Divert!" Or soon, you'll be following the words of another character in that film, who says:
"Things change. Always do. You'll get your chance! Important thing is, when it comes, you've got to grab with both hands, and hold on tight!"

Talk about your sudden sexual heat.

So "Sally Forth" gets our Riffy for Favorite Storyline o' the Week. Our other Riffys go to:



Banking on fiscal humor. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

2. FAVORITE TOPICALITY -- NON SEQUITUR: As they say about comedy, timing is everything. Bravo, Wiley -- this cartoon ran Monday, the same day as the banking crisis headlines blared. (And in this, we agree completely with commenter "Non Sequitur Actually Not.")


On Pierce, a good luck... (KFS) Enlarge Comic



...On Jon, notsomuch. (UPS) Enlarge Comic


3. FAVORITE STYLE -- ZITS:
The wonderful Pierce can pull off the fine-strand haircut. Jon "Rugrats" Arbuckle in GARFIELD, however, cannot.

By Michael Cavna  | September 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

Is Jon mumbling "NAMBLA"? That would explain so much.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 19, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

That chick Ted is talking to looks a lot like Sally's sister, doesn't she?

Posted by: debit | September 19, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Minor rant, Michael.... Can you put the comics below the commentary instead of above it? At the top, you start talking about Ted, then show the comic. Then you show the comic and then talk about it. Today I kept trying to grasp how Pierce and Jon related to a Non Sequitur topic before the bottom comment made it all clear.

Posted by: Ollabelle | September 19, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Sexual heat in Sally Forth? If that's sexual heat then Judge Parker, with Dixie Julep in a bikini and 'coverup' and Det. Heidi Roberts in her Shania jeans, is pron.

Posted by: JkR | September 19, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Sally Forth has been great lately

Posted by: Jesse | September 19, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Arms Akimbo? Have you been watching Freakazoid? Before Arms became a super villain, he was a child model whose hands permanently fused to his hips by excessive jaunty catalog poses. He later sold "oops" insurance which “prevented” him from accidently knocking stuff off shelves. Who is the bigger sci-fi geek now? Come to think of it, I guess I am.

Posted by: KM | September 19, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Poor debit, you're so used to reading the captions UNDER the cartoons that now you think the blog should be the same format.

On the other hand, I guess I don't care, so go for it!

Posted by: MSchafer | September 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Poor MSchafer, newspapers must be really hard on him, what with both headlines AND bylines above the copy....
I do prefer my reading to be in the order of:
1) headlines / titles
2) copy
3) supplemental data referred to in the copy.

Posted by: Ollabelle | September 19, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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