The Morning Line: Mother Goose & Riffy
Morning, Cartoon Nation...
So, if my name's Mike Peters, I've gotta figure I had a pretty darned good week. Let us count the ways:
1. The Columbia coffee farmers' federation (representing more a half-million growers) -- so miffed last week at my making sport of Juan Valdez in "Mother Goose and Grimm" -- decides to drop its threat of a $20 million legal action against me.
(Bonus: Senor Peters probably now knows the Spanish word for "frivolous.")
2. I, Mike Peters, nevertheless still get a little international coverage for my cheeky, lighthearted swipe at Juan Valdez, Official Symbol of National Caffeinated Respect and Honor. (Bonus: Mike now knows to only make fun of the burro.)
3. Accepting my heartfelt apology, I, Senor Peters, am personally invited to Colombia to tour the coffee fields. As a few wags said in response: "Careful, cartoonist -- soon, there might be 'a litle bit of Mike Peters in every can.' "
4. I, Mike Peters, am no fan of President Bush's -- I am even quoted this week by Comic Riffs as saying that Bush's mere speech spikes my blood pressure and causes me to want to hurl large objects. This week, Bush gives his farewell address, thereby averting future threat of Dubya-induced cardiac arrest.
Congratulations, Mr. Peters. For surviving last week alone, I offer a purple-hearted Riffy.
Elsewhere, I'd be remiss not to offer other Riffys:
FAVE STOCK VISUAL: Dave Coverly's "Speed Bump." Two of the "Bump" strips this week were quite similar in composition. Both peek toward a storefront, both focus on a prominent head -- and both involve silent gags.
And the real catch: Deftly executed as they are, both are truly funny.
The first "Bump" strip shows George Washington as the shopkeep in a Dollar Store. I smiled.
The second "Bump" strip shows an optician peering, mondo head and all, through his magnifying front window. I laughed out loud.
I can imagine that, in coming up with this week's gags, two worthy jokes occurred to Mr. Coverly out of the same scenario. I'm glad he went with both.
FAVE THEME: "Get Fuzzy's" Darby Conley is clearly inspired by the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Every day, the gag's got richer.
As the Yankees fork out Steinbrennerdollars for major off-season acquisitions, "Fuzzy" has the funniest commentary going.
(The second funniest? "The Onion" headline that said: "Spark of Humanity in Mark Teixseira's Eyes Extinguished as Slugger Signs With Yankees.")
Perhaps not surprisingly, "Doonesbury" has found inspiration this week in Bush's departure. I had the chance to preview Saturday's "Doonesbury" and -- regardless of whether you're on the Bush side of the aisle or the Kennedy side -- you should be able to appreciate the exquisite execution. It plays beautifully.
Those are my Riffys for the week -- what are yours?...
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