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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 09/ 9/2008

The Morning Line: When Timeliness Is Next to Godliness...

By Michael Cavna

One poster to this blog, "MSchafer," inquired several days ago about Turnaround Time. That is, what is the window between when a syndicated cartoonist submits a strip and when readers can hear the newspaper cartoon land in their shrubbery or in-boxes.


From McCain's lips to Darrin Bell's strip... (WPWG) Enlarge Comic

Judging by this week's "Candorville" and its references to GOP veep nominee Sarah Palin, the reply to MSchafer's query is: When need be, it's pretty darned quick.

"Candorville" is syndicated by Washington Post Writers Group, and the group's comics editor, Amy Lago, says syndicates sometimes accommodate strips that thrive on being topical. Which is why within less than two weeks of McCain's picking Palin as his running mate, some strips are able to hop on the news.


Carmen's timing couldn't be better. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

And then there's a strip such as "Prickly City," in which Carmen has been asked to run for vice president (as we commented last week). By pure coincidence given deadlines, "Prickly City" featured a female vice president candidate just days after the Palin announcement.

Sometimes it pays to be good and timely. Other times, it just pays to be lucky.

By Michael Cavna  | September 9, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

On the other hand, today's Doonesbury, with its reference to Palin dropping out, is already SO last week.

Posted by: Tom T. | September 9, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Prick City still sucks, though.

Posted by: Stewart | September 9, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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