The Morning Line: And the Riffy Award Goes to...
Time once again, cartoon fans, for the Riffy Awards. And as we open the first envelope, the winning comic for Fave Weeklong Strip is...
"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:
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.
FAVE SINGLE-DAY STRIP:
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.
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 ComicsDC.com'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.
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.
FAVE READER COMMENTS O' THE WEEK:
"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.]
| November 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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