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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 12/22/2008

The Morning Line: 'Rockit' Man Achieves Liftoff

By Michael Cavna

For the next five days, with the funnypages thick with elves, bells and reindeer scat, Comic Riffs will highlight our fave Christmas-week cartoons.

Today, it's "Brewster Rockit" that gets its wings.

In the face of the yapping blond Scrooge that rails against Christmas, could anything melt the chilliest space-age heart quite like Jimmy Stewart and fam around the "It's a Wonderful Life" hearth?

(And remember: "Every time a toon Scrooge carps / A cartoonist gets his harp.")

The other seasonal cartoon that could melt the coldest heart is today's "Mutts."

This is almost officially the cutest utterance ever of "freezing one's tail off."


'Riffs didn't even need every "Candorville" panel today, because the first panel alone -- in its sly pithiness, for what is implied without being overexplained -- is laugh-out-loud funny.

Our heartiest comics laff in days, in fact.

Those are my holiday picks; if ye have some, merry readers, now is the season of giving.

By Michael Cavna  | December 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Check out One Big Happy this morning - not used to this one being edgy . . .

Posted by: JubalHarshaw1 | December 22, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I had to chuckle on Saturday, when team drawing Judge Parker took their cues from Mark Trail and showed a truly massive rattlesnake.

Posted by: tws1372 | December 22, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I was taken aback by 'Brevity' this morning; mean spirited and neither clever or funny.

Posted by: JkR- | December 22, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

RE: Candorville; don't get it, let alone 'laugh out loud funny'?! A guy sleeping in jail thinks the heavenly voice is a murdered rapper? At least he proves he deserves to be in jail after the choices he is given he then asks for material goods. Remarkably profane material goods nicely juxtaposed to Peace On Earth.

Posted by: LeMuff | December 26, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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