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Posted at 7:30 AM ET, 05/14/2009

Size Matters? An Insecure Croc's 'Tail of the Tape'

By Michael Cavna

Poor, poor Croc. It's tough enough to be a domesticated reptile trying to date and mate with the wet dudettes of your swampy species. But it's quite another, apparently, to be saddled with insecurities about, um, "tail size."


PEARLS BEFORE SWINE's Stephan Pastis has been swimming in these edgy waters all week, and somewhat to my surprise, I've heard not even a whiff of complaint or consternation among oft-easily spooked newspaper comics editors. These are typically a breed, you understand (and by "breed," I refer to editors, not crocs, though both can be cantankerous), who must worry when a cartoonist invokes a playground word such as "sucks." Or who must get itchy "kill" fingers whenever a strip shows anything less chaste than twin beds and a conjugal foot on the floor at all times.

Then again, as such cartoonists as Pastis and Jeff Corriveau ("Deflocked") have told Comic Riffs: Set your edgy action among animals and cartoonists can seemingly get away with a lot more. So there it is: Croc's dorsal doubts are the stuff of a "G" rating. As in: Go right ahead, Dinkytail!

And speaking of amorous animals taking measure of their manhood: I'm reminded of this laff-worthy (and award-winning) animated short about nimble water shrews in heat, titled "Our Wonderful Nature," from the good folks at Aniboom.

Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at Aniboom




CANDORVILLE: Darrin Bell has told 'Riffs that the character of Susan is inspired, at least somewhat, by his wife. That would explain why in today's third panel, Susan is drawn with such elegant detail and graceful line that it feels as if a real-life physical model was at work -- or at least firm in Darrin's mind's-eye while at the table.

'MARK TRAIL' (NAS)Enlarge Image

MARK TRAIL: So Mark Trail barrels into one of the camera thieves. This body blow, if memory serves, is mighty reminiscent of when Ken recently was barreled into by the Rogue Pet Deer of Marital Jealousy. Wethinks this pose must be on an autopilot -- if not "auto-plot." (You can view the earlier RPDOMJ image here.)

By Michael Cavna  | May 14, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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A Mark Trail Story Arc is never complete until Mark has delivered a right cross to the chin of some cliche-drawn bad guy....

Posted by: JkR- | May 14, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Since when is Susan a mind reader? Those are thought balloons emanating from Lemont, right?

Posted by: jimbo1949 | May 14, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

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