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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 10/30/2008

The Morning Line: When You Wish Upon an Upstart

By Michael Cavna

Woe unto Dennis and Jeffy, a coupla down-on-their-luck dreamers who prove that today, the true visionaries live in single-panel land.

The boy with the V-chip on his shoulder. (KFSEnlarge Comic

There's "Dennis the Menace's" lovable titular scamp, declaring his vision for a V-chip that would block parents' shows. Dennis, of course, cannot appreciate that his folks's addiction to soapy serials that feature swingin' singles is their main mind-numbing balm after raising Dennis for more than a few decades.

Then there's "Family Circus's" Jeffy, whose gentle wish is for a dazzling array of root-vegetable flavors to rival his average Starburst or Skittles pack.

There are starving animals in today's "Beetle Bailey" who would love mono-flavored veggies, Jeffy. (KFS)Enlarge Comic

With such big dreams, these young men are sure to go far one day.
Dennis, we are sure, will become either (a) chairman of the FCC; or (b) a tween-obsessed TV programmer who thumbs his nose and authority at the "Murder, She Wrote"-lovin' Mr. Wilsons of the world.

Jeffy, meantime, has a ripe career ahead as a scientist who pioneers new types of genetically modified food. What's next, J-Man -- perhaps jicama that actually has zesty flavor, or raspberry tofu?

Dream big, boys. It's a huge world out there -- one that's ready to be conquered by those who wield bold visions and even bolder "I wish" punchlines.

(Note: And we presume it's pure coincidence that today's "Watch Your Head" also invokes "I wish," family matters and shunned veggies.)

Comic Riffs has finally become accustomed to the face and waistline of an exotic dancer splashed across the funnypages, courtesy of "Judge Parker." (Perhaps there's a reason this strip runs so far from KidsPost.)

Dixie Julep is practically Amish ... (NAS) Enlarge Comic

But at least Dixie has remained modestly attired.

... compared with Tank's "Solid Gold" dancers. (NAS) Enlarge Comic

Today, though, "Tank McNamara" provides the closest thing to a scene from "The Sopranos' " Bada-Bing club that we can recall in The Post funnies, well, EVER.

A tale well spun. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

And lastly but not leastly, today's "Lio" provided our biggest smile of the day -- perhaps even our fave Halloween gag of the week.

By Michael Cavna  | October 30, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Speaking of modest attire -

What sort of outfit are we expecting from Det. Heidi Roberts on the other side of that hotel door? A modest pant suit? Short skirt / long jacket? Skinny jeans and halter top?

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!

-formerly JkR

Posted by: Late2Bass | October 30, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Dunno what Hot Lady Detective will be wearing, but I'll bet she brings her handcuffs!

Posted by: seismic-2 | October 30, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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