The Morning Line: For Busy Holiday Lifestyles: Comics on the Quick!
So many intriguing comics today, so little time for busy folks during the holidays.
As a 'Riffs reader service this week, we will provide the top headlines: Your comics experience now shaved like so much turducken to the juicy essentials. To wit:
DROP-INS TO BETTY FORD CLINIC LINKED TO UNRELENTING MATERNAL CRITICISM
Sally! Jackie! We want to hug you, too, only to let you know that we embrace your familial pain. Come the holidays, all backhanded compliments -- and sometimes forehanded insults -- are relative. And to Sally: May we recommend a Coppolla table red or a Beringer Knights Valley cab? Or, if Mom stays through the weekend: box wine.
ARMED HOTTIE ROBS SAM OF BASIC BRAIN FUNCTION
Let's get this straight: Sam Driver knows that sketchy exotic dancer Dixie Julep (nee "Kathleen Patterson of San Diego"*) might well be the killer he seeks. Yet he still enters the room, instead of fleeing while (a) he's standing at the open doorway; and (b) her back is turned? Methinks Dixie's mere introduction weeks ago began to drain Mr. Driver of some serious IQ points.
(* Interesting to note: The San Diego phonebook has a listing for a real-life Kathy Patterson. "Judge Parker" better tread carefully and toss in those disclaimers.)
ARIZONA 'BOY IN THE BUBBLE' HAS FAUX-REALITY SHATTERED
Lio, that frequent breaker of the fourth wall, instead shatters "Family Circus's" fourth "wall." Poor Billy looks as if he's been rendered unconscious, his snow-globe of a reality punctured by Lio's high jinks. Poorly played, Billy. Well-played, Mr. Tatulli.
COMIC UNCOVERS REAL LINK BETWEEN PRESIDENTS' DAY, MATTRESS-BLOWOUT SALES
Laughed out loud at this "RWO" -- and we don't guffaw audibly for just any strip. More clever than most easy 401(k) gags, since Lincoln$ and Washington$ have been stuffed into the bed.
TRIBUTES TO 'GASOLINE' HIT 90-YEAR HIGH
Nice to see two veteran strips -- "Blondie" and "Dennis the Menace" -- honor the 90th birthday of the pioneering "Gasoline Alley." (Makes sense, too. "Alley's" Walt once got an invite to celebrate Blondie's anniversary.)
| November 24, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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