New Toons and Old Favorites
Morning, Cartoon Nation...
Another day, another new strip to scrutinize.
Now we get news that the comics portal Uclick has added Creators Syndicate's "The Barn" to its lineup. The daily strip -- created by three-decade veteran of cartooning Ralph Hagen -- features "barnyard buddies" Stan the Bull and Rory the Sheep.
What's your early verdict, fellow Riffians? For more samples of these wisecracking livestock, you can go to Gocomics.com.
THIS WEEK'S RIFFY:
The table and wine! The Eiffel Tower! The central casting French guy! "Pearls Before Swine" really elevates today. But we award the Riffy to "Pearls" -- and Stephan Pastis -- this week because he has successfully got his pet term "un-died" into UrbanDictionary.com. (So reports Alan Gardner at Daily Cartoonist.)
TODAY'S "TRAIL WATCH":
So much about "Mark Trail" is so, so potentially wrong. I'll leave it to 'Riffs readers to fully dissect this mentor/scout interplay, but let me begin by saying: I was briefly a Cub Scout. Even more briefly, I was a Boy Scout. And never -- ever -- do I recall seeing a POLKA-DOTTED kerchief. Perhaps only "Lost Forest" in 1962 had such kicky neckwear. But if this strip is ostensibly time-suspended in the '60s, the bigger question becomes: They had memory cards in '62??
I must stop. Head beginning to hurt...
| March 13, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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