The Morning Line: Mark Trail, Split-Second Crackpot
"Mark Trail," you bedevil us like no other!
From gargantuan woodland creatures that are sometimes awkwardly foregrounded, to seeming "unintended double-entendres," the strip can both enchant and vex. And today, reliably, it is Wacky Balloon Placement that has us spellbound and dumbfounded.
Watch as our man Mark so casually chats up Sue the Split-Agenda Case in the first panel. He's appreciating the time with her...UNTIL he utters his own name.
Confound you, Forest Boy!
Is Mark talking in the third-person, like a superstar athlete or Paris Hilton? Is he providing knowing self-reflexive guffaws, a la Stephen Colbert? Or has he simply sipped too much of nature's sweet, sweet "barley" and "hops"?
None of the above, of course. It's simply yet another case of a shoddily placed balloon, as it's meant to point to Sue, not Mark.
If there's one consolation, however, it's that the conflicted Sue is the one uttering the tragically bad grammar like some dumb-as-hair hayseed. Mark, we can be assured, would properly say: "I appreciate your spending time..."
Sorry for momentarily thinking you were the bubble-brain in this scenario, M.T. Our faith in you is restored. Now, just watch out for that next Godzilla-sized waterfowl.
ELSEWHERE ' ROUND THE PAGE ...
Our reaction to "Mark Trail's" trees is fairly "meh!" today. By contrast (literally), the palm trees in today's "Judge Parker" are richly rendered -- from bark right down to the shadow cast on the hoodie. Bra-vo.
As for today's "Frazz," we must respond with a single sentiment to the notion that "nothing good comes from adverbs":
Absolutely. Totally. SERiously. Completely.
| November 20, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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