The Morning Line: Come Halloween, the Geek Shall Inherit the Mirth
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.
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 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:
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."
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.)
| October 31, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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