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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 04/17/2009

Morning Quickie: Doonesbury Twitters, Ted Forth Teeters

By Michael Cavna

Garry Trudeau may be skeptical of Twitter, but his "Doonesbury" character Roland Hedley most certainly is not.

Several weeks back, Trudeau told Comic Riffs that Twitter, the social networking/micro-blogging service, is "indisputably a time suck." But Twitter, the cartoonist noted, is a not-so-pointless tool if used the right way, in the right hands. To illuminate and elucidate, Trudeau pointed me to his satiric Twit-account for Hedley, the strip's vainglorious Fox News-man correspondent.

At the time, Hedley had a little more than 500 followers. Now, the Tweet-happy reporter has more than 2,500 followers. And that number is sure to grow once Hedley gets some major face-time in the New Yorker: Hitting newstands Monday (available online now) Hedley delivers his entire "report" of life on the road -- from Iraq to the G-20 Summit -- via a succession of his 140-character Tweets.

Here's a sample Roland Tweet: "Breaking: Historically, nobody ever wanted to touch Queen owing to unattractiveness. To avoid embarrassment, protocol was created. -- 9:17 A.M. Apr 2nd"

It's recommended reading, if not Tweeting (especially as CNN and Ashton Kutcher openly race to become the first Twitter-er to reach 1 million followers). So for prime "sa-twire," check out the mag's latest "Talk of the Town."

(Reminder: To follow our cartoon Tweets, go to:


THE EISNERS: The Eisner Awards for comics have been announced on the San Diego Comic-Con site. Among the leading nominees are creators Chris Ware ("Actual Size," "Acme Novelty Library"); Neil Gaiman ("Coraline"); Emmanuel Guibert ("Alan's War"--one of my personal faves of '09); Lynda Barry ("What It Is"--love the book's hodgepodge-collage style); and a coupla Friends of Comic Riffs, Matt Fraction ("Iron Man") and Grant Morrison ("All Star Superman" and "Invincible Iron Man"). For the full list of nominees, check out the 'Con site.

SIDE NOTE: 'Riffs would be remiss if we didn't cite one thing in particular in today's funnies: the apparent contest for The Freakiest Face. We cast our eyes cautiously toward "Mark Trail" and are quickly alarmed by the Extreme Rusty Close-Up.

Suddenly, the camera-heisted scout looks like some kinda cross between a junior Anthony Perkins (a la "Psycho") and the googly-eyed dude from the "Red Meat" comic (who looks straight outta some Edgar Allan Poe fevered dream).

And yet, that's nothing compared with the freaky Ted Forth face in the last panel of "Sally Forth."

His smile grows larger, his eyes grow somehow beadier and his grip on reality grows looser still.

Don'tcha just love it?

By Michael Cavna  | April 17, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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The Forth comic is only really entertaining when it deals with the work place or dynamics regarding working or not. This little league stuff is a waste of space.

Posted by: vldazzle | April 17, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse


As usual, it's all in how the reader accepts it. I think Sally would be a better marketing manager if she would smile at her employee group meetings. Looks to me like they are about as competent as the ballplayers!

Keep smiling!

Posted by: MSchafer | April 17, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Tweet tweet!

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 17, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Is that Ted Forth or Gyro Gearloose? Gotta be some variety of chicken, that's for sure.

Posted by: seismic-2 | April 17, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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