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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 03/24/2009

Off to 'Watchmen'? Then sally forth!

By Michael Cavna

Morning, Cartoon Nation...

We'd dared to hope this day would come, and the fellas behind "Sally Forth" did not disappoint. Ted, proud '80s-centric comics geek that he is, is about to meet Dr. Manhattan on the big screen. With "padawan" geek-in-trainking Hilary in tow. Rock on, Forth-heads, with or without Sally.

And speaking of: Here's our fave mashup of the month -- this beautifully executed pairing of "Watchmen" and Wall-E":


Also stellar today is "Pearls Before Swine" -- just in time for Pastis's new collection, "Saturday Evening Pearls," which is due out any day now.

And lastly: Line O' the Day goes to "Get Fuzzy" -- in which Satchel's exasperated "I give up" prompts Bucky's kicker: "OK, well, now you're just French." In context, it's a pivot worth an Olympic "10."

By Michael Cavna  | March 24, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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Do Sally and Ted realize that Dr. Manhattan's big blue phallus is almost a plot point and that Silk Spectre and Nite Owl have a hard time keeping their costumes on after a night of crimefighting?

Oh, it must be that "all comic books are for kids" idea. Fortunately, we can say, "Bam! Pow! Zap! Comics aren't for kids anymore!" in response.

Posted by: Mrhode | March 24, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Sally might worry about taking Hil to "Watchmen", since Rorschach and the Comedian leave a long string of broken, mutilated bodies in their wake all throughout the movie. Of course, maybe that's old hat to Sally, since her mother has pretty much the same effect on everyone she meets, too.

Posted by: seismic-2 | March 24, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

>> Mrhode:

Indeed, this strip takes on a whole new hue (a distinct shade of day-glo blue, in fact)when one reads it having seen the film in all its comical "naughty bits" glory. We shan't go there in a "family newspaper" blog, but let's just say: your imagination needn't work too hard when assessing Ted and Sally's respective reactions to Dr. Man-hattan.


Posted by: cavnam | March 24, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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