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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/16/2009

The Morning Line: Mother Goose & Riffy

By Michael Cavna

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.

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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.

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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?...

By Michael Cavna  | January 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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I vote for today's Non Sequitor. It is pithy and perfect.

Posted by: mwsorgi1 | January 16, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I, too, LOL'd at Brevity this AM....

But, Mike Peters has to give back all his awards, and is officially given a yellow card for the lame Elvis-Grimmy bit.

And what in the name of Walt Kelly is 'Patty' doing out in the woods with that young buck?!? (Mark Trail) Yesterdays strip was downright skeevy....

Posted by: JkR- | January 16, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

How dare he mock our Sox? He doesn't even WEAR socks. Mr. Katt is now banned in Boston.


Posted by: MSchafer | January 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

JkR - I hadn't looked at yesterday's Mark Trail until you mentioned it. You're right - "if I don't stop spending so much time with you we're both going to be in trouble"- while looking soulfully into the eyes of a DEER! A male deer at that. I know that Mark Trail promotes the love of animals, but this might be carrying it a little too far.

Posted by: elyrest | January 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Sunday 1/18:

Dagwood's pajamas are awesome in today's strip. Good kinetic acting too :)

Aw Oh!! Looks like another blonde with a bad attitude in Judge Parker :(

Posted by: hdradio | January 18, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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