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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 12/ 5/2008

The Morning Line: The Art of Young Love

By Michael Cavna

Two would-be hormonal Romeos, suddenly smitten with the dewy objects of their schoolboy desires.

This week, we're particularly diggin' on how "Zits' " Jeremy Duncan and "Cul de Sac's" "Peter Otterloop," given their very different personalities, respond so in-character to the puppy love that dare not speak its name.

As Frank and Ernest would say: "Gorilla my dreams." (KFS) Enlarge Comic

Jeremy, showing all the blood-deprived brainpower of a baboon, thinks a monkeysuit and balloons will woo sweet Sara. The gallumphing, awkward J-Man is his divinely awkward self. Poor kid. Someone throw him a consolation Chiquita or a set of Samsonites.

Holiday "love," one of the true "winter jewels." (UPS) Enlarge Comic

Peter "Potterpoop," by contrast, is true to his introverted, thoughtful-little-lad self as his attraction begans to dawn on him. Suddenly, he and his Little Frizzy-Haired Girl are making beautiful music together -- or at least one semi-harmonious note. Peter would never do anything as rash as don an ape suit. Rather, in his quiet, noble way, he would share his book on Darwin's Beagle voyage with his sweet, xylophoning flower.

Bravo, "Cul de Sac" and "Zits," for staying true to your characters. Without that, the passion of the work might go unrequited.

By Michael Cavna  | December 5, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Are you visiting from the future? These aren't the comics that ran in my paper today.

Posted by: jaintxo | December 5, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Ah, we've found the ulterior motive for this blog: he gets his comics in advance.

Posted by: tws1372 | December 5, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

On another note, outside of Lio, 9 Chickweed Lane must have set a record for the number of days without dialog yet still tell a great story. Thank you all for turning me onto this strip.

Posted by: tws1372 | December 5, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Hey Michael! Can you get comics a year in the future? I'd like to know what happens in the current Spiderman storyline.

Maybe you have to do two years.

Yes, Chickweed is magical. And that Brooke guy sure can draw sexy women.

Posted by: MAL9000 | December 5, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Today and yesterday's Zits show some brilliant artwork. The gorilla suit is amazing.

Posted by: okiestrat1 | December 5, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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