The Morning Line: Picking the Year's Top Plotlines
Looking back at the 12 months past, Comic Riffs basked in thousands of strip storylines, ranging from lively high jinks to deadpan plot twists. Of those, scores were especially memorable. Today, culling from a crowded field, 'Riffs offers five of its faves from The Post's pages in Aught-Eight.
Before getting to the list, though, 'Riffs solicits your picks. What were your favorite storylines of '08? Later this week, 'Riffs will put the top contenders to a vote.
Now, to get this party started, a handful of memorable stories among countless worthy ones:
CANDORVILLE: Shortly after George Carlin's death, Darrin Bell offered a weeklong trip with the comic specter of Carlin. "Candorville" rose to the occasion both comedically and artistically, with a keen understanding of Carlin's humor topped by a jab at how some cartoonists seemed, knee-jerk, to depict the standup legend at the Pearly Gates. Bravo. Mr. Bell.
JUDGE PARKER: Once Dixie-Julep-nee-Kathy-Patterson-the-Psycho-Scottsdale-Stripper showed up, mutt in hand, things really got juicy. 'Riffs particularly relished the showdown in the hotel, which found Dixie crashing through the plate glass and fleeing on foot, like a climax straight outta HBO's "The Wire." And her fate isn't sealed yet.
CUL DE SAC: In the rookie season of this NCS-nominated strip, 'Riffs particularly enjoyed the family trip to the beach house. The fam's dynamics within the minivan...the curious pit stops...the artistry of the shoreside architecture -- it all rang true and "right."
GET FUZZY: In the wake of headlines about Todd Palin's (apparent) onetime secessionist sentiments, Bucky Katt decides to secede from the rest of Casa de Wilco to form Buckyvania. The twist brought puns a-plenty, as B-Katt appealed to Satchel to be his accomplice. Upon re-reading, it's STILL funny.
DOONESBURY: Perhaps it's partly our close proximity to such doings, but when grizzled reporter Rick Redfern is "eased out" of The Washington Post newsroom to embark on a career in blogging, well, that becomes an "instant classic" in our book. Garry Trudeau hit the tone superbly, right down to the spot-on language. Well-played, Mr. Trudeau. Well-played.
Many other memorable plots come to mind: Jeremy Duncan's guerrilla-warfare wooing of a dance date in "Zits"...the short-leashed backyard tactics in "Pearls Before Swine"...Pancho caught in a storm in "Pooch Cafe"...the marital Big Wrap in "For Better or For Worse"...and, of course, Opus's final fate as his self-titled strip bid adieu.
The list goes on and on, which is why I ask: What were your faves for the year?
| December 29, 2008; 9:32 AM ET
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