The Burning Question: Is 'Zits' Painting in the Off-Color?
Morning, Cartoon Nation...
So for nearly 24 hours, I've asked the same Burning Question of colleagues and friends, male and female. Now, because we've come to know each other so well, I ask you, too. The big Stumper Du Jour:
"What color is a nipple when twisted?"
The source of my Sphinxian puzzler is this "ZITS" strip, in which Jeremy wants to paint his room the color of "twisted nipple." My reaction to reading the strip was:
1. I laughed.
2. I applauded Borgman/Scott's success at getting the word "nipple" past the censors in a fun, playful way.
3. Then I began to wonder: What color IS the strip trying to suggest, anyway? ("Wheat Sheaf" and "Tepid Oatmeal," I get.)
The guesses I got from pals ranged from peachy-pink to Frappuccino-brown.
Now, I've been reassured that by week's end, "Zits" will indeed inform us what paint-color "twisted nipple" is. (And for that, I thank Jim&Jerry in advance.)
Meantime, I put it to you, fellow Riffers -- in the context of this strip: What color--really--is a twisted nipple?
All guesses will be officially accepted until midnight Thursday. For the answer, I'm told we should all look at Friday's "Zits. Until then: Feel free to keep those guesses coming.*
(*Offer prohibited to anyone who actually is in the alleged rock band Twisted Nipple.)
Elsewhere in cartooning...
One week after Inauguration, here's our FAVE OBAMA TOON OF THE DAY, based on artwork, comic tone and execution-of-gag:
Today, 'Riffs also picks its FAVE NON-OBAMA TOON DU JOUR:
And speaking of Obama political cartoons, Alan Gardner -- imploring his cartooning colleagues at the industry site DailyCartoonist.com -- posted this tangy note yesterday, about an article than had just run in Politico:
Politico has an article about the difficulty cartoonist will have skewering President Obama. Let's see... no, this isn't a re-print of an earlier article that we've talked about before. ... Can we be officially done on this topic yet? Or better still, can editorial cartoonists, when asked this question, say emphatically, "Obama is not the re-incarnated Christ. He's a politician with a lanky body and big ears. He's going to be no harder to skewer than any others" and then be done with it."
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