The Morning Line: Rhymes With "Riffy"
"Rhymes With Orange" so rankles us today, we're compelled to begin this week's awards with our honor that rhymes-with-Riffy: the lowly Miffy.
Most days, "Rhymes" delivers at least a warm smile, and we enjoy Hilary Price's loose line, which joyfully pays little mind to perspective. Today, though, there's a stale joke that makes us gag.
The "Wheel of Fortune" bit for vowel-challenged names is at least as old as Pat Sajak's addiction to the spray-on tan. Which is why seeing it in a comic feels as though the cartoonist came up empty that day and "punted." Please, creators: Even a bad fresh joke is preferable to one that long ago was played out.
As such, we suddenly feel a calling -- nay, a duty -- to offer the official Six 'Riffs Rules to Prevent Dinosaur Gags.
1. Cartoonists, if you've heard the joke once and feel compelled to "reinvent" it, please: Resist the urge. And if you do attempt this maneuver, let your comic editor be your guide.
2. If you've heard the joke twice, then: Just say no. Steer away from the trite.
3. If you hear the joke and it references Ben Franklin, Milton Berle or a rabbi and a priest, remember: You are so much BETTER than that.
4. If you write a gag and the person you bounce it off of says: "I think I heard that last week on 'Letterman,' " then alas -- they probably did. Avoid at all costs.
5. If you write a gag and your Bristol board immediately begins to mold and yellow, that's a sign.
6. If your grandparent or great aunt shouts the punchline before you finish sharing your "newly conceived" gag, odds are they are not psychic. Yes, the joke is THAT old.
Now, on to the Riffys for the week:
FAVE LINE O' DIALOGUE: Darby Conley is ever-sharp as he voices Bucky Katt saying: "This isn't cat food. This is what you feed to cat food." We laughed heartily, convinced THIS wasn't an old line.
FAVE ART (WITHIN ONE PANEL): In "Zits," the closeup of Pierce applying highlighter to teeth is a visual ode to the fine detail. Borgman&Scott have even marked the teeth. Bra-vo.
FAVE ART (FULL STRIP): Our sentimental choice is "Peanuts." Or more precisely, the rain in "Peanuts." Because "Sparky" Schulz always said he was rather proud of how he drew raindrops.
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