The Morning Line: When We're With 'Sally,' Time Seems to Stand Still
Some days, we gallop through the funnies at a healthy clip, smiling while not breaking stride and then suddenly ... we hit "Sally Forth" and come to a full stop. Bam! All momentum is lost.
But here's the thing about "Sally Forth." It's not just any one thing. It's chock full of elements that -- like shiny objects to a baboon -- distract our dumbfounded gaze.
Instantly, we're riddled with pesky, mind-numbing questions that hurt our noggin. To wit:
ARIA & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE:
1. Squeaky Fromme?!? Where did Ted pull that out of? Even if one remembers her as the would-be Gerald Ford assassin, how many of us attribute specific personality traits to her -- the way some of us might Carrie Bradshaw? Okay, now I KNOW we're hurtling headlong into the Land of the Bizarre...
2. What's going on with the woman in the background? Look at her meal in the first panel, if you will; then look at it in third panel -- wha' happened? (Did she have time to grab a new meal while Ted was pulling "Squeaky Fromme" out of the seat of his pleated pants?)...
3. Speaking of the third panel: Ted and Aria aren't leaning in compared with panel one, yet they're suddenly much closer -- is this the magnetic magic of their geeky office attraction? We might say "yes," except Aria's about to harpoon Ted's gullet with that jabbed fork. (This woman is "Fatal Attraction"-dangerous, Ted -- flee! Scurry! Run for your wife--er, life!)...
4. Why -- when Aria's mouth isn't masticating -- do Ted and Aria have almost identical profiles? Physical soulmates, or artistic slackerdom -- you decide.
Although we must admit: This is still the juiciest plotting going on in the strip these days. So in terms of storyline: Tally ho, and sally forth!
ELSEWHERE 'ROUND THE PAGE...
In our continuing adventures of "Why Lio Isn't Like Some Other Cartoon Boys": Today, turn your attention, if you please, to "Pickles," in which Nelson -- we are told -- says post-sneeze: "That was a juicy one, Gramma."
By contrast, the post-sneeze Lio immediately hits the microscope to 'scope out the molecular structure.
We like both strips today -- running on the same day, we enjoy each boy character a little more fully.
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