Deliciously Good Dialogue? Sure, We'll Eat It Up
Morning, Cartoon Nation...
I don't know what exactly is in the air -- well, besides panic and worry and trans-border contagion -- but thus far, this is a particularly fertile week for funnypage dialogue.
From "Cul de Sac" to "Speed Bump," "Dilbert" to "Candorville," the writing has positively crackled with crisp, wry wit. And today's "Get Fuzzy" cracks that lineup. Bucky getting crazy-eyed defensive about his artwork is plenty funny on its own, but then Darby Conley delivers the swell final panel that plays like a throwaway gag that is comedy gold:
SATCHEL: "No, I'll eat it."
Simple. Short. Sweet. And my heartiest laugh of the morn.
MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM: The choicest part of today's strip is not the "Puss 'N' Reboots" gag, wethinks, but rather the eaten-to-the-core apple on the laptop. Nice touch.
FRANK & ERNEST: This strip is famous -- er, infamous -- for delivering the groaner puns, but even for "F&E," this is about as painfully lame as it gets. ("Idiots! I said bring me an ASPhyxiant! So I can put Frank out of my misery, if not Ernest!")
On Monday, 'Riffs ran a poll asking readers to vote on their fave world-leader caricature. in addition to the four contenders depicting contemporary leaders, I threw in a wild card: A John Sherffius cartoon depicting the Ayatollah with prison bars for a beard. The image is not pure caricature, of course, but photorealism with a graphic twist. (Sherffius frequently plays with images in this fashion.)
Well, syndicated cartoonist MATT BORS noted the vote and decided -- through the insta-wizardry of PhotoShop -- to "re-create" this cartoon (albeit with an "All Shook Up" touch-up).
This, of course, touches on a larger, long-tantalizing question: Be it Andy Warhol or Shepard Fairey (who copped an AP photo for his famed Obama poster art), does it require less "artistry" to work in found images? I'm not suggesting there's a black-and-white yes/no answer to that question (and Warhol, we hasten to note, could draw as pure a line as most any 20th-century artist).
No, I'm just suggesting that when it comes to working in black-and-white, Matt Bors's blog on the matter is definitely worth a look.
| April 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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