The Morning Line: The Best in Threats
Let's get right to it, Cartoon Nation. It was a particularly interesting week as threats abounded on the "funny" pages -- from nuclear warheads to job cuts to male teen drivers. So in that spirit of laughing our way through anxieties that could rate their own color-coded alerts, we turn to this week's Riffy Awards.
First off is the winner for funniest single-panel GAG O' THE WEEK: Thursday's "Non Sequitur." Part of the reason it packed a punch is the half-second it took my Pentium-1 brain to realize that this couple, in discussing cat food vs. dog food, was actually mulling their own menu options in these hardscrabble times.
In the lingo of Vince Vaughn's "Swingers": So money, Wiley. So money.
FAVE LINE O' DIALOGUE: The eternally engaging thing about "Get Fuzzy's" Bucky Katt is that, smack dab in the middle of a harebrained monologue littered with half-truths and slander, he'll suddenly let fly an opinion that isn't as untethered as it might seem. On Monday, B-Katt is doing the full "Manchurian Candidate" bit to the Manx and Satchel when he says: "Now listen: After you become president of the U.S., you will dissolve Congress -- no one will
object to that."
As one industry friend refers to such priceless lines, that's a "coffee-snorter."
Thanks to you, Darb, we are indeed "havin' a laugh."
FAVE ARTWORK: The stellar team of Borgman/Scott does so many little things just right in Thursday's "Zits":
Mama Duncan's morning-calm smile, the rising sun, the "weight" of the skillet, the spongy slickness of the catapulting eggs and, perhaps best of all, the loose lines of the piled-up pans. When I grow up, I want to draw as ostensibly effortlessly as the good and great Jim Borgman.
THE MIFFY: And this week's lone, lowly Miffy goes to today's "Beetle Bailey" because of one trait that leaves me peevish: head-scratching ambiguity.
I, for one, can't say whether Sarge is a true apologist for the missteps of the Bush administration, or whether it's just a much fainter coat of sarcasm that I'm used to seeing from "Beetle." O wiser minds than mine: Help me intuit the one true political meaning, because this has become a verbal "Magic Eye" In which I can readily read it both ways.
Those are this blog's Riffy picks -- what are yours?
| December 12, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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