The Riff: The Funny Bone's Connected to the...Mind's-Eye
For our deeper laughs today, the funnypages are all about the visuals.
"Sherman's Lagoon," for one, wades into comic-strip cross-pollination by invoking that famous -- and to some, infamous -- dotted line that for decades has marked the paths of the "Family Circus" tykes. (And nice touch, turning "Family Circused" into a verb.)
This, in fact, inspires a future wish: Because many creators like to collude on National Cartoonists Day (May 5) for mass cross-pollination, next spring we'd like to see that line steer its way through the entire page -- strip by strip. It's rife with rich possibilities -- from Jeremy Duncan's driving lane to Dixie Julep's next outfit. (If you've got an early brainstorm, we're all ears.)
Also having fun with visuals is "Lio," which makes us smile only when we realize that Mark Tatulli seems to be literally breaking the "fourth wall."
And for un-intentional laffs, we save our heartiest guffaw for "Mark Trail's" second panel.
Sure, sure, the cartoonist is really drawing an extreme-foreground shot. But it's so much more entertaining when we "read" it flat and imagine that this towering rodent is about to wreak its gnaw-happy havoc.
Suddenly, that gator getaway is looking like child's-play.
This just in: Superman's old man has died. Yet again.
According to wire reports, DC Comics has Clark's Earth-daddy succumbing to a heart attack. Says the Associated Press: "In Action Comics 870, out today, Superman can't hear his mom's cries for help in time to save Jonathan Kent."
In the original '40s comics, of course, Superman's folks died while he was a teen.
| October 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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