The Morning Line: When 'CNN' Is the Cartoonist News Network
Hey, kids, it's the official multiple-choice question du jour...
News anchor Anderson Cooper appears in not one but two comics today because:
(a.) CNN is the official choice of comic strippers the world over.
(b.) Keith Olbermann wanted royalties and a large speaking role.
(c.) "Pearls Before Swine" and "Candorville" recognize Cooper for the fertile comic fodder that he is.
If you chose "c," then congrats. Stephan Pastis and Darrin Bell surely recognize that though Chris Matthews and Bill O'Reilly could be great fun, they are already -- as screen personas -- well into the realm of tele-caricatures. Big, bold and broadly painted. Anderson, on the other hand, makes for a slyer, wrier take.
Pastis has seized upon Cooper's laugh -- which can startle if you've never heard it before -- while Bell plumbs the image of Anderson as intrepid correspondent, ready to brave the waters of Katrina or Vietnam's Nodung River. It's Martin Sheen in "Apocalypse Now," right down to his tighty whities.
Do Pastis and Bell go one step too far? Well, watch Anderson brave shark-infested waters -- and hear him laugh -- and you can judge both gags for yourself:
GET FUZZY: Remember when Obama's campaign inadvertently copped a punch-line from Post cartoonist Tom Toles? Well, Bucky's last-panel kicker is so delicious today -- regardless of party line -- we half-expect the McCain campaign to begin pasting it on signs and buttons.
MARK TRAIL: The visual effect of an attacking alligator crying for "Help!" makes for surreal fun -- as in "Help rescue me from this painful storyline!" Our official favorite Unintentional Laff O' the Day.
ZIPPY THE PINHEAD: In the Comic Riffs poll last week, roughly one-fourth of the 700 voting readers chose "Zippy" as the strip they would boot from The Post's funnypages. Judging by today's strip, though, Bill Griffith is making a plea (or meta-plea) to appear in the Baltimore Sun.
| October 6, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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