The Funnypages As We (Barely) Remember Them
Our quickie roundup of some of the day's most intriguing strips:
RED AND ROVER: This strip often feels like a blend of present-day and a nostalgic "Leave It to Beaver"-esque yesteryear. If it IS nominally present-day, then the sight of Red reading multiple pages of daily funnies is a particularly startling sight, as rare as it is. (Cue plaintive wail of violins.) And as such, Red, it seems, is either reading The Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle or a random newspaper pulled from a mothballed time capsule, the mere notion of which makes us nostalgic indeed.
SALLY FORTH and GET FUZZY: Writing the perfect last panel is an art unto itself. What we admire about the last panel today in these two strips is not only that they're truly funny, but also that they could function as self-contained features. The "Get Fuzzy" panel, especially, you could slap on a T-shirt, greeting card or bulletin board in the offices of Cat Fancy and it would retain its poetry.
CURTIS: For the past two days, "Curtis" has been painful to read for one simple reason: It's as if the writer is certain that if he keeps repeating the term "hootchie mama" over and over and over, then eventually the mere words will merit a laugh. Good luck with that -- the creator would have better luck waiting for Godot (hootchied-out or no).
BLONDIE: What can I say about Dagwood's killer-cool hat that wasn't already uttered by Bill Hader in the comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," when he mocks chapeau-wearer Jason Segel with the words: "What's up with that hat... what are you in the Buena Vista Social Club? What member of the Rat Pack are you?" Just beautiful.
| May 29, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
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