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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 11/ 7/2008

The Morning Line: And the Riffy Award Goes to...

By Michael Cavna

Time once again, cartoon fans, for the Riffy Awards. And as we open the first envelope, the winning comic for Fave Weeklong Strip is...

Emotional (animal) rescue. (KFS) Enlarge Comic

"Mutts." This week, Patrick McDonnell calls his series of animal-shelter stories "Shelters Rock," using classic rock-song titles as captions for his doe-eyed pets-to-be.
The 'Riffs committee especially liked his feline "Mick" and "Keith" for the Rolling Stones strip yesterday and his "moptopped" Beatles today. And look for a swell Iggy Pop tomorrow.

In other Riffys this week:

A punch line that describes the strip's worthiness. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

Wednesday's "Pooch Cafe" -- befitting the punch line itself -- is simple, well-paced genius. And what really helps "sell" the gag is Poncho's slight smile. Big props, Paul.


A great, great day for Trudeau. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

Wednesday held a wealth of comic riches, topped by Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" that "called" the election for Obama. (For the thinking behind Trudeau's decision, click here.) More than 200 of you agreed in a 'Riffs poll this week with the editors who decided to publish the comic, regardless of the presidential race's outcome.

The day after. (The Washington Post)Enlarge Comic

FAVE EDITORIAL CARTOON: And speaking of presidential cartoons, my favorite this week was Tom Toles's Wednesday response to Obama's victory -- and we don't say that just because he's a Postie. The cartoon also received shout-outs from such critics as The Comics Reporter's Randy Spurgeon (who calls Toles "the Best Editorial Cartoonist In North America") and's Mike Rhode.

FAVE FAREWELL: And we would be remiss if we did not award a Lifetime Achivement Riffy to Opus the Penguin, who bid us adieu Sunday not only in print, but also with the online-only strip that invoked a children's book.

Goodnight to the penguin whispering hush. Enlarge Comic

Comic Riffs (though we were ineligible, natch) was among at least 55 others who correctly predicted a "Goodnight, Moon" scenario (which we would have cheaply dubbed "Goodnight, Bloom."). Berkeley Breathed announced the winner and the runners-up on his site -- and, of course, the real winner is the Tampa animal shelter that receives the $10,000 donation.
So from "Mutts" to "Opus," it was quite the stellar week for animal shelters in the funnypages.
And finally...
"No comment on the Palin costume in Family Circus?"
-- [posted by mwsorgi1 -- regarding a Halloween strip. Good call.]

"And what exactly is the concern here? That a FREAKIN' CARTOONIST is somehow going to jinx/influence the election!?!"
-- [posted by Mitchavery7 -- regarding the Obama-prediction "Doonesbury" strip.]

"I really loved the last Opus strip. [AVOIDING SPOILER] was a fine place for Opus to end up."
-- [posted by Chasmosaur1.]

By Michael Cavna  | November 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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"No comment on the Palin costume in Family Circus?"
-- [posted by mwsorgi1 -- regarding a Halloween strip. Good call.]

Sorry, but personally I think that Dolly's hairdo and costume:

were meant not to be Sarah Palin but instead Marian the Librarian from "The Music Man":

Dolly's shoes are from River City, Iowa, not from a $100K shopping spree at Nieman-Marcus.

Posted by: seismic-2 | November 7, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Last Sunday, I went through every page of my kid's copy of Goodnight Moon with a magnifying glass. I still can't find the girls in the grass skirts and coconut bras ANYWHERE.

Posted by: f-squared | November 7, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but to some of us regular comics readers who are already in the humane treatment of animals choir, Mutts became old and boring a long time ago. We don't need to waste our time being preached to by Mutts any more than we do by BC. Let McDonnell stick to the Fatty Snax Deli, and buy ad space for his proselytizing like anyone else.

Posted by: pltrgyst | November 7, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow, today's 9 Chickweed Lane is double cool.

Give 'em a hand!


Posted by: MSchafer | November 7, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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