The Morning Line: Riffys for Inspired Art and Cameos
Let's get right to it, Cartoon Nation -- time for this week's Riffys:
In a week awash in Santa strips -- from cheesy mall Clauses to online naughty/nice lists -- 'Riffs' fave this week was "NON SEQUITUR."
As I mentioned earlier this week, the Vixen-as-venison gag may have been done before in some variation, but it was the execution of the art that sold me: from the "Nick's" sign to the helpful elves at the register right down to a bloody-red Father Christmas who apparently -- and logically -- could field-dress a moose. One wonders, though: Would Rudolph by the pound cost more? And should that phosphorous glow make us question the meat's mercury levels?
(Memo to Rudolph: Rage, rage against the dying of your light.)
FAVE ART (WEEKLONG DIVISION):
Jim Borgman's pen -- and we presume, Jerry Scott's sketches -- were particularly elegant this week in "ZITS." From the line of a lion's whip to the massed cloud of "mood" skulls to the sheer mass of adolescent laundry, the "Teenager in the House" collection was a joy to luxuriate over.
FAVE CROSS-POLLINATION OF CHARACTERS:
o help pack a punch with "CANDORVILLE's" comics-industry bailout storyline, Darrin Bell -- in a bit of inspired stunting -- subpoenaed the likes of Dilbert, Huey Freeman, Larry the Croc and Garfield, among others. At times, 'Riffs just had fun getting to watch his heads.
Well-played, Mr. Bell. Well-played.
FAVE ACTION STORYLINE:
"JUDGE PARKER's" Dixie Julep storyline is playing out superbly, like a three-panel cross of "The Wire" and "CSI: Flagstaff." And the noirish art has risen to the occasion. We can only hope the wounded Dixie can live on to fight, or fire, another day.
LEAST-FAVE ACTION STORYLINE:
This week's Miffy goes to "AMAZING SPIDER-MAN" because, well, this whole "Big Time" melodrama, with "Hitler Gump" fastened to the clock, has made time seem to drag. And should Spidey (inevitably) rescue the villain, it will only confirm: In recent weeks, this strip has not proved a good way to kill time.
Those are my Riffys and Miffy. If you've got yours, fire away.
| December 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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