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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 10/31/2008

The Morning Line: Come Halloween, the Geek Shall Inherit the Mirth

By Michael Cavna

Time once again for the Riffy Awards, which this week hew to a Halloween theme. And hands down, there is one comic prospect that frightens us right down to our double-wool socks:

Namely, the thought of being cornered at a Halloween Party by Ted "Lady Hands" Forth.


The Riffys' geek of the week. (KFS) Enlarge Comic

Now, it is not that we dislike Ted, for he is far too unassuming to genuinely loathe. He has nobly embraced his full geekdom -- from "Star Wars" references to Lucky Charms-inspired costumes -- and frankly, anyone who blogs about comics is in no position to cast the first light-saber.

No, what scares the bejeebers out of us is that in his rambling self-effacing geekiness, the fictional Mr. Forth is all too real.

This is the fellow who, once he's got his conversational hook into you, will prove relentless. And should he begin to break out his '80s mint-condition superhero dolls, well -- he is basically "the 40-year-old virgin" with better hair and an alleged family.

How did Sally ever fall for him? We're thinking she learned to humor him until he grew on her. Some days, despite all his bizarre blathering, we feel the same way.

Our other Halloween Riffys go to:

FAVE RUNNING GAG:


Dr. Mel, we feel your torment. (TMS) Enlarge Comic

Dr. Mel comes face-to-face (or face-to-Mace) with hordes of pesky trick-or-treaters in "Brewster Rockit." Good luck with that, Doc Mel. In space, we're told, no one can hear you scream.

(This just in: Ted "Sci-Fi Geek" Forth confirms that this tagline is from the "Alien" flick. Thanks, Ted -- now please go back to your party.)

FAVE VISUAL GAG:


Does Little Dagwood only make a half-sub sandwich? (KFS) Enlarge Comic

There's just something about a mini matched set of Blondie and Dagwood that tickles our reptilian brain. So cute, you want to plant 'em in your yard. Huzzahs, "Blondie."

And we must dish a Miffy o' Disappointment to today's "Peanuts."


Linus, we suddenly understand your faith-based plight. (UFS) Enlarge Comic

Because what is Halloween comics-reading without the Great Pumpkin? If we're going to get "Peanuts Classics," then come October, we demand the ultimate holiday classic.

Instead, alas, we're left like Linus by the moonlight, waiting patiently for the Great Pumpkin, only to be let down. Good grief, indeed.

READER RIFFYS: And the week's Riffy Awards for fave Reader Comments are...

"Tune in tomorrow! That's when Sam will start heading to the door! He'll get to the door by next Tuesday! He'll open it next Thursday!" -- Posted by: Late2Bass (commenting on "Judge Parker").

"Maybe those aren't quail crests above their heads but cartoon exclamation points.
Good art spoiled by bad ornithology." -- Posted by: f-squared (commenting on "Speed Bump").

"I noticed that Bob T had to underline 'plane' to make sure the people who write "I think your funny" don't say "I don't get it". --Posted by: filfeit
(Editor's Note: "Frank & Ernest is now produced by the late Bob Thaves's successors.)


By Michael Cavna  | October 31, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

"Methinks he doth protest...", or
"What kind of fool am I?"

What if MC is a pseudonymn and Ted Forth is blogging about himself? That makes the "lady hands" reference kinda spooky. Can you say "self-esteem issues". :-)

And that makes me feel wierd, posting to a comic who is a comic. As MC might say, "Ted, well played."

Posted by: schafer-family | October 31, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Our local paper (The Capital, Annapolis) has been running what looks like the original (or at least one of the first) Linus and the Great Pumpkin series this week. In yesterday's paper, Linus, sitting amongst the pumpkins, was waxing poetic about how the Great Pumpkin would be sure to visit his most sincere pumpkin patch.

I've noticed this difference in Classic Peanuts strips between the Post and our Capital. Does the syndicate give editors a choice of story lines or eras to run for Classic Peanuts?

Sorry you are missing it!

Posted by: connieliloo | October 31, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Agree about Brewster Rockit, I've been getting a jolly out of it. The simplistic artwork and clever dialog just works.


...and in Judge Parker news, the plot barrels forward at a breakneck pace! Det. Heidi Roberts, dressed for the prom, barges into Sam's hotel room while he's in nothing but a bathrobe, because 'something has come up', scratch that, 'there's been a development'!

So, will it be room service to discuss the 'development'? Is Sam even peckish, or has the pacing subdued his appetite?

Will Saturday's installment just be a placeholder for a blockbuster Sunday?

Stay tuned!

Posted by: Late2Bass | October 31, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

No comment on the Palin costume in Family Circus?

Posted by: mwsorgi1 | October 31, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Oooohhhh... A twofer!
filfeit = f-squared

formerly f2

:)

Posted by: filfeit | October 31, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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