The Morning Line: Rick Redfern Ghostwrites Our Riffys...
Oh, "Prickly City," will your barbs at the "elite media" never cease?
Today, the coyote casually mentions that he's hired some "former Washington Post guy" to handle his ghostwriting. Oh, Mr. Stantis, has The Post stock so dipped in your eyes that now, our former reporters can be had on the cheap to scribble for volpine narcissists? And what is next for onetime White House journalist Rick Redfern: medical briefs for a zoo newsletter?
Actually, come to think of it, we'd love to see what kind of prose Redfern would craft for Winslow. Would he liken the smug coyote pup to a paranoid Nixonian character, or perhaps paint him as Clintonian in his lack of discipline?
In short, Mr. Stantis, we laughed. Aloud. Which, in terms of Riffy Awards, made it our fave Comic Character Cross-Pollination Strip O' the Week.
In other Riffys for the week:
"Watch Your Head" had the tone of truth, as Dana and her boyfriend realistically argued whether Dana can have dude friends -- and whether they really want to put the moves on her. Well-written, Mr. Thomas. ,,,
FAVE CHARACTER CAMEO:
In "Sally Forth," the recurrence of office buddy Aria makes for some especially rich tension. Not that Ted and Sally's faces show it when a fight is brewing beneath their relatively placid features -- yet somehow, that smile-y stoicism makes it all the more subversive. ...
Eduardo Barreto is really ratcheting up the high-contrast tones in the increasingly noirish "Judge Parker." (Flickwise, "Suspicion" meets "Scarface" in panel two.) Lovin' the look, Mr. B.
And we would be remiss if we did not dish out a scolding Miffy:
MOST STRAINED GAG:
In "Frank & Ernest," the whole "Potter" punning seems like harmless fun on one level, yet so mindlessly lazy on another. (Plus, if you're going to go retro with the show, it's spelled "M*A*S*H," o post-Thaves surrogates.)
If you've got different picks, 'Riffs readers, bring 'em on.
| November 14, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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