Afternoon Quickie: Putting the 'Strip' in Comic Strip
Let's say my comic strip has just been freshly resurrected, back among the living on the funny pages of The Post. Now, to avoid getting bounced again anytime soon, my mission as a creator becomes clear: I must draw whatever it takes to build my fan base. How to do that, exactly? Well, to appeal to an immediate common denominator, my nefarious notion surely involves drawing something like THIS:
Now, say the second goal on my newfound agenda is to avoid getting shipped to the Kids' Post page, where my strip would run only four days a week. My mission as a creator is clear: I must draw images far too PG-13-steamy to ever appear on the rugrats' real estate. So to make sure my sly litlte stratagem works, I draw something like THIS:
Yesindeedy, ol' "JP" could seem to be beguilingly trying a two-fer today with a single strip, as it were. Eduardo Barreto apparently is pulling out all the stops -- and barely-there tops -- to get eyeballs. And unlike some cartoon features, Barreto has such a tremendously elegant line that, if nothing else, it doesn't quite feel as if you're ogling an adolescent boy's school folder. (Operative word here is "quite.")
What do you think, 'Riffs readers? Is such artwork just what the (Rex Morgan) M.D. ordered, or does it have no place so close to "Zits" and other "family comics"? (And if nothing else, pity poor hormone-charged Jeremy Duncan should he decide to look downward.)
CLOSE TO HOME: You just know a gag is going to be fall-on-the-floor, gut-busting heeLARious when the punchline begins with those familiar words (insert stock tone-of-nagging-superiority here): "I told you it was a stupid idea..."
Hoo-boy. Nothing but guffaws, guar-an-teed.
BLONDIE: Ooh, great question, O daughter of Dagwood. You see, ol' Dag might have been handsome and charming and intelligent and caring and funny, but Blondie leaves out one key Depression-era detail. If you'll recall, Bumstead the Younger was looo-aded -- a child of wealth, born with a silver word-balloon in his mouth. Of course, he forfeited that fortune when he wed Blondie the Tawdry Flapper. Still, given how great a partner Blondie's apparently been lo these many decades, it's easy to say the tradeoff was worth it, eh, Dag?
BREWSTER ROCKIT: This is when comic strips, by all rights, are not only better read online, but also they should include audio links embedded in the balloon text. So as a Friendly Comic Riffs Reader Service, we provide you with those links to the "Meow Mix" Jingle" AND "Who Let the Dogs Out?" AND "Chicken Dance" AND "It's a Small World."
You can thank me later. Right as soon as you're done cursing me.
| May 18, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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