The Morning Line: The Ultimate "Slight" of Hand
Comic Riffs has long said that how an artist draws hands is a telltale sign: Deftly rendered digits reveal an admirable attention to detail, if not a signature style.
Along those lines, we have noted here before that "Sally Forth" takes a distinctive approach to hands, which can look somewhat Seussian. As such, we have good-naturedly teased Laura for having "Grinch Mitts" and Ted for having "Lady Hands."
Judging by today's "Sally Forth," 'Riffs apparently has missed the point -- or body part -- entirely. The real key to Ted -- we are told by Laura -- is his allegedly "slight wrists."
'Riffs can't help but love Ted's long-winded retort, too: That Laura is "crippled by insecurity" and that she won't feel "the least bit superior." Not exactly snappy, but it isn't sappy -- and it's just plain swell to see that Ted's backbone is not so slight.
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Before the "Mark Trail" storyline threatens to turn kinda "Deliverance" (and the mustachioed no-goodnik in the third panel does look somewhat like '70s-era Burt Reynolds), I can't help but note: The foregrounded waterfowl in the first panel -- eyes all asparkle -- seem to be smiling.
Why are they so happy to see our man in khaki kidnapped? Is there a subplot we need to know? (First guess: For Thanksgiving, Mark feasted on a cousin of theirs in a fine orange sauce.)
And...'Riffs rather likes "Rhymes With Orange" today -- from the very funny "Far Side" kicker to the Larsonian dog speaking in the cartoon-within-a-toon. Brava!
If you've got picks for fave (or un-fave) toons today, fire away.
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