New to the Funnies: Our Favorite Nut Case
Morning, Cartoon Nation...
Glory be to "Mark Trail," for today, it introduces us to the best new cartoon character of the year: The Talking, Taunting Squirrel.
Yes, Ken the Boorish Bankrupt Jealous Deer-Winging Wife-Abusing Shell-of-a-Man has been felled by Bucky. And so in the second panel, the rodent -- if you read "Mark Trail" according to the conventions of Commonly Accepted Cartoon Physics -- is leaning down as he appears to mock Ken with the words: "Patty's pet deer gored you!"
Haha, this is 'Riffs favorite treetopping squirrel since Rocky met Bullwinkle.
Yeah, we could get mighty used to having this fuzzy commentator around all the time -- like a cartoon version of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. His cheeks stuffed with wisecracks, the Mocking Talking Squirrel could consistently bring his beady-eyed third-party perspective to these stilted proceedings. Self-knowing irony wrapped in bushy-tailed guise.
Are you listening, Jack Elrod? If you won't listen to us, then please: Listen to the wisdom of your own smart-mouthed critter.
RED AND ROVER:
Is it not so alarming to Comic Riffs that Red is reading a joke book chock full of two-bit quips. After all, Rover provides a topper to each witticism. No, what is truly troubling is that this joke book seems filched straight from the library of some post-Thaves "Frank & Ernest" gag-writer. Back away from the book, Red -- a young mind is a terrible thing to waste on Frank, let alone Ernest.
| March 5, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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