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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 02/17/2009

From Our Lips to the Creator's Ears?

By Michael Cavna

Somewhere, I like to think, ever-sarcastic Sally Forth is listening at our door.

Some weeks back, Comic Riffs drew and posted our first official "Ted Forth Manhood Index," in which we measured Ted's attempts to soon (in the chart's wording) "grow a spine."

Well--look what we have here in today's "Sally Forth." In the last panel, as Hilary eavesdrops at the door, ever-cool Faye says: "Did your dad just grow a spine?!"

(Michael Cavna) Enlarge Comic

Typically, we'd simply chalk this up to random coincidence (amid Riffs's constant insistence that Ted might well be the first Human Invertebrate). But a few readers alerted 'Riffs to the fact that "Forth" writer Francesco Marciuliano mentioned our chart on his site.

So if 'Riffs was even remotely helpful, Mr. Marciuliano, then excellent. And if not, then: What must we do to break the stony fourth wall of Ted "Dandy Hands" Forth?

Meantime: Thanks for a seriously juicy storyline this week--starring the one man for
whom a spinal tap would seem a physical impossibility.


Can't help but appreciate Darrin Bell's bold stroke in today's "Candorville."

In a caricature approach that seems a knowing nod to "Doonesbury's" style, Bell depicts Obama's spokesman as the burning bush. On pure creative "moxie" alone, this instantly becomes one of my fave Obama administration "caricatures." (And BTB, gotta like the visual nod to several true-life Press Roomers in this crowd, including Helen Thomas.)

And speaking of "Doonesbury": Bernie Madoff may take and take and take from so many poor swindled folk, but he has been instantly generous to one invested group: America's cartoonists. (Exhibit A: This excellent "Doonesbury.")

Thanks, Bernie. We'll pay you back someday for the favor. Promise.

By Michael Cavna  | February 17, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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I'm new to this blog (it was mentioned in another forum) and I was hoping to hear some comment from Michael on 9 CL-even though it is not in the Wahington Post. The story line has been exceptional this month, and the drawings always are.

Posted by: vldazzle | February 17, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

>> First, welcome to the blog, vldazzle.

as for today's 9CL: every time I think Brooke can't play the concerto for Sexual Innuendo any more slyly, he comes up with a double entendre like today's. ("Slow movement," indeed.)

'Riffs will return our fuller gaze to 9CL later this week, but meantime, you might check out this blog's past two weeks of archives re both of McEldowney's oft-steamy strips.

and speaking of Brooke: look for his inclusion in our Know-Your-Cartoonist quiz later this morning.


Posted by: cavnam | February 17, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Similar to your possible influence on Sally Forth, I assume you follow the Comics Curmudgeon? The curmudgeon, when referencing Archie, often refers to the strip being created by the Archie Joke-Generating Laugh Unit-3000, the AJGLU-3000. That acronym has shown up several times in the strip recently, including on a t-shirt worn by Archie, with a circle with a line through it drawn over the acronym.

Posted by: awsnyde | February 18, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

When is Sally going to get a computer upgrade from her 1998 bondi blue iMac?

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | February 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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