The Morning Line: 'Tis the Time for Painful Holiday Punning
Even if you're not a regular reader of "Dennis the Menace" and "The Family Circus," they are required reading today for one reason:
They officially mark the start of the Christmas Punning Season. Whether you enjoy this cartooning time of year depends on your appetite for wordplay spun from eggnog, nutmeg and industrial-stength fruitcake.
So to help you prepare for the onslaught of holiday homonyms and twisted carols, Comic Riffs offers some of our own. Consider it a sort of Advent calendar for Christmas wordplay: You can begin to count down the season with these painful puns. Imagine these single-panel captions:
1. "FAMILY CIRCUS": JEFFY (to PJ): "Mommy says this gospel tune is sung by ELVES Presley."
2. "FRANK & ERNEST": ERNEST: "I've got the gold and myrrh, buddy, but I just can't find Frank's incense."
3. "ARGYLE SWEATER": The psychiatrist at Santa's workshop: "Take this medication, my friend. You, it seems, are a bi-polar bear."
4. "DENNIS THE MENACE": DENNIS (to Joey): "Careful where you step in bare feet. Mom says that if you get catch mistle "toe," a girl has to kiss it!"
5. "BIZARRO":: POLICE OFFICER: "We traced the crime back to Santa's workshop. Apparently this was a case of extreme ELF-loathing."
Don't say we didn't warn you.
ELSEWHERE 'ROUND THE PAGE
DIALOGUE O' THE DAY:
Bucky Katt, explaining his plan to dissolve Congress, says in a virtual aside: "No one will object to that." Gotta like how Darby Conley slips that in just so.
GREAT MOMENTS IN BODY LANGUAGE:
In the final panel of today's "Cul de Sac," Dad leans against the countertop with that just-right weight shift and physical tension. Well-rendered, Mr. Thompson.
TODAY'S COMIC CURIOSITY:
This "Sally Forth" storyline holds great promise. Only thing we can't figure out: What happened to Jeff's right-sleeve strips in the first panel? Fashion statement or artistic oversight? You decide.
| December 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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