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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/ 5/2008

The Riffys: The Envelope, Please ...

By Michael Cavna

As Sarah Palin gags began to subside from the funnypages, a new wave of topicality rushes in to fill the void -- namely, takes on life with Obama, life without a job and, as always, shtick about dropping one's drawers.

So what earns the vaunted Riffy Award this week? Herewith, the picks:


One strip that isn't so convinced we're a "post-racial" nation. (WPWG) Enlarge Comic

Cory Thomas's skeptical skewering of a suddenly declared "Post-Racial America" has been entertaining all week. 'Riffs especially relishes "Watch Your Head's" take on how such a new world would affect comedians who riff heavily on race. America's funnybone, thankfully, is not so "post-Ironic" as some chucklehead writers would claim.


'Droids that can learn? You're on notice! (TMS) Enlarge Comic

Since the economic downturn, more strips have been spurred to wade into Dilbertean waters. One of the most enjoyable is Thursday's "Brewster Rockit," in which the axed stormtrooper realizes the relevance of his "skill set." Let's see: A corporation that values robotic acquiescence and lack of individual thought over talent, skill and vision? Whereever DOES Tim Rickard pull these fictions from?


The belt that must be missing an Ar-buckle. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

One day this week, "Garfield" refers to Jon's not wearing pants. May we just say: Some days we're eternally grateful that "Garfield"
typically restricts its field-of-vision to talking heads.

Those are the official 'Riffs picks -- if you've got some at the ready, fire away.

By Michael Cavna  | December 5, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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I truly believe that "Brewster Rockit" has covered the current economic situation better than any editorial cartoonist over the past few months.

Posted by: oceanchild | December 5, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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