Morning Line: 'Risque Business' in the Comix
Going forward, Cartoon Nation, we shall heretofore officially call it the Judge Parker Rule:
Namely, if your strip's life is in doubt or on the outs, then skin is suddenly in.
Yesterday, we teased "Judge Parker" -- in as much as it "teased" us -- for invoking scantily clad figures as a bold attempt to gain readers. With "Parker" back on The Post's pages, Eduardo Barreto seemingly is taking no chances.
Now, flesh-forward to today, when "JP" continues the chaise-lounge storyline. But the naked truth is: Barreto isn't the only one this week declaring it swimsuit season. In "9 Chickweed Lane," Brooke McEldowney is also basking in the warmer weather by training his elegant lines on one-pieces: The artist flat-out rejoices in drawing women's bodies.
And while we're discussing matters skewing toward the risque within the relatively innocent bastion of the family funnies: "Luann's" tone grows ever tarter -- if not ever tartier -- with this strip this week:
BEETLE BAILEY: I'm of two minds when Beetle goes "true life" on us. On one hand, I applaud when 60-year-old Beetle feels relevant to modern times with contemporary references. On the other hand, it's as jarring as hell (Camp Swampy, like "Family Circus," seems perenially stuck in 1962). What do you think, O "Beetle" readers?
BREWSTER ROCKIT: Breaking the fourth wall can often feel like a cheap gimmick -- an easy out, a stunt in lieu of a real laugh -- but in this "Brewster," it's absolutely beautiful. Bravura execution.
RHYMES WITH ORANGE: Most inspired "Rhymes" I've seen in weeks. Swell gag. But full confession: I remembered "E" and "I" are "Extrovert" and "Introvert," but after that, I drew a blank and had to Google the "N" designation. ("Narcissist"? "Negativist"? "Nihilist"? "Nabob"? Heck if I could recall.)
SPEED BUMP: So simple. So slight. And such a laugh. Surprised myself, even.
Those are my kudos and kvetches for the day. If you've got some, fire away.
| May 19, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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