The Morning Line: When Art Goes to Hell in a HAND Basket--Or Not.
Comic Riffs has said before that, artistically, hands are our ultimate telltale sign. Masterfully rendered digits are their own small visual joy, while hamhanded palms, as it were, can drive to distraction.
On this count, I must give a special (and deftly drafted, natch) thumbs-up to today's "Get Fuzzy."
The first panel is a cartooning case-study in drawing hands with "feeling." As in, you can feel the weight of Rob the Agoraphobe's cheek resting listlessly on his left palm; meantime, you can also sense the pressure of his right hand's outstretched fingers. And then, in the final panel, the departing hand pushing off the table is just exquisite, with a touch o' Seuss.
Also worth a hearty hand today is "Zits," in which Mama Duncan's digits juggle Jeremy's lifestyle.
The easy lines remind me of a primo Chuck Jones sketch.
On the flip side today is our ol' friend "Sally Forth."
I rather appreciate the gag -- especially the Rankin-Bass line. But in the first panel, Sally appears to be holding that package with an almost superhuman, iron-claw strength -- as if it's the Opposing Thumb of Smallville. Now we really know how she keeps Ted in line.
What cartoon's palms deserve a hand? The morning's line is now open...
| December 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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