The Morning Line: When Santa's Act Ain't Worth Zip
As we here at 'Riffs count down the Christmas-week toons, the one that takes the (fruit)cake today is "Baldo" because, really, what is going on here? Has the store Santa simply forgotten to zip his fly?
(Not exactly laffs of comfort there.) Is there some sort of meta-commentary meant to play on every creepy stereotype about mall Clauses? (And how, exactly, is she wording the news anyway: "Your door to the reindeer barn is open"?)
ELSEWHERE 'ROUND THE PAGE...
In "Get Fuzzy," Bucky utters perhaps the most honest thing that's ever passed those mischievous whiskers: "It's urgent. I know. Now, I have no idea why, but people like dogs."
You could give B-Katt a little kitty lie-detector and, based on that statement, he'd pass with flying colors. Superb touch.
Meantime, in "Little Dog Lost," I just have to ask: Is that really what I think it is?
Over breakfast, am I staring at a dung beetle rolling a real "meadow muffin"? If so, I confess: That -- THAT -- is a first for me on the mainstream "family newspaper" comics page.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't point out how fun is the first-panel dialogue in "Judge Parker" -- particuarly the phrase "and probably dead in the desert by morning."
See, you could transplant those two balloons to most any other strip featuring two-character dialogue and -- by substituting the "JP" wording -- it becomes infinitely funnier.
That's my holiday-toon advice. What's yours?
| December 23, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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