The Morning Line: The Survival of the Funniest
What's the most enjoyable comic strip of the week? By a country mile -- or however far those crocs are absolutely walloping the ball -- it's gotta be "Pearls Before Swine."
The game of his life. (UFS) Enlarge Comic
I'd stake on my life on it. Well, perhaps not MY life, but certainly the Zebra's.
Stephan Pastis started this whole new ballgame with a nod to "Peanuts," but in the days since, it's evolved into a life-or-death stakes contest.
WAP. CRACK. ZIIIIIIP! When it comes to "zeeba's" mortality, the game has suddenly turned truly coldblooded. It's survival of the fittest, if not the funniest. And the funniest triple-panel sequence o' the week, for us, is the middle three action frames in today's "Pearls." Just look at the snout of the Croc as he robs the hitter at the wall. Simply superb -- and some of my fave art of the week.
The cost of seeing a major-league baseball game: $30 (last time I went).
The cost of buying The Post: 50 cents.
The cost of seeing Crocs turn on an inside fastball, hungry as they are for zeeba-meat: Priceless.
In terms of our fave art of the week, our other Riffys go to:
ZIPPY THE PINHEAD: Skulls and guitars! Part Yorick, part Thom Yorke, Zippy gets the creative juices flowing -- as does Bill Griffith, who tops Monday's strip with a gorgeously intricate French horn. Well-played, Mr. Griffth. Well-played
"Yeah, about two months of plot 'thorough.' " (NAS) Enlarge Comic
JUDGE PARKER: These Sam Driver strips garner both a Riffy and a Miffy. Eduardo Barreto gets a thumbs-up for his beautiful first-panel artwork -- we particularly ogle the high-contrast tones. But our thumbs-down goes to this painfully slow storyline. We'd been trapped in Dixie Julep's house for so long, we half-figured Sam was going to move in, take up with Dixie and adopt wise ol' Snowflake.
When journalists blog. (UPS) Enlarge Comic
DOONESBURY: A special Riffy goes to Rick Redfern, who again this week speaks to my blogging journalist soul in a way that perhaps only he, myself and countless kazillions can truly appreciate.
READER COMMENT: And this week's Riffy for fave reader post goes to this comment:
"What should go in the Opus opening? And is it called an Onus?"
---[Posted by: f2]
(Speaking of: Next week, we'll again take up the Opus Issue: What should replace Berkeley Breathed's retiring strip?)
Those are my Riffys and Miffy submitted for your consideration -- if you've got kudos and kvetches, fire away.
| October 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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