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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 06/22/2009

Laura Linney? O, Who Will Answer Our Casting Call?

By Michael Cavna

The early a.m. roundup of 'toons, from the cinematic to the melodramatic...

JUDGE PARKER: As the Evil Cheerleader Moms of Doom storyline continues to unnnnfold like a creaky lawn chair, there are elements of it all that this Riffster finds utterly compelling. Today, the most eye-catching is: Holly Norton looks like somebody -- SOME actress -- but I just can't put my finger on it.

Laura Linney?

Rebecca DeMornay?

Nicolette Sheridan?

Hmm. Still drawing a blank.

So the Official 'Riffs Reader Question of the Day: Whom would you cast as the ever-confident Holly Norton?


DENNIS THE MENACE: To pick up on my drumbeat of last week: This, folks, is not quite the same curmudgeonly Mr. Wilson we've known for so long. The dialogue is turning a bit toward Earl of "Pickles," but the visuals are something else altogether: Ol' Man Wilson is growing darker, less wry and wisecracking and more honestly, well, depressive. Stay with us, Mr. Wilson. Many days, you're the best thing going in the strip.

BREWSTER ROCKIT: Some cartoonists have no idea, really, how to effectively use curse-word dingbats. Tim Rickard, on the other hand, is obviously a master who has studied well at the shrine at MAD magazine. So a tip of the cap to Mr. Rickard -- #$%*&$@ brilliant.


THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: "Brewster Rockit" cartoonist Tim Rickard.

By Michael Cavna  | June 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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Can your thumbnails get any worse? They're only nearly illegible.

Posted by: yellojkt | June 22, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Kelly Lynch or Laura Dern could make a good Holly Norton.

Posted by: tourtle78 | June 22, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Michael -

please reprep your thumbnails and check the implementation of your "lightbox" script. The thumbnails are completely illegible and the lightbox is hanging (at least on Firefox)...

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | June 22, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Definitely Laura Linney in the first panel. Not sure about the second panel, though.

Posted by: ddelucco | June 22, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Helen Hunt?

Posted by: JMay1 | June 22, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for bearing with 'Riffs'
technical difficulties. Images should appear much cleaner now.


Posted by: cavnam | June 22, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Merle Streep/Holly Norton. Tho after reading the Helen Hunt suggestion...I can see that too.

Posted by: ZeldaJane | June 22, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I too had felt that Principal Norton is a Meryl Streep character. It is the ringleader of the cheerleader Moms, namely Mrs. Davis, who is the Nicolette Sheridan character. See the confrontation at .

Posted by: seismic-2 | June 22, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

You want to know who Eduardo Barreto really had in mind when he drew the character Principal Norton? It was Diana Schutz, Editor of Dark Horse comics.

Link to the Portland Oregonian blog with the info:

And, the actual blog post...

A Diana Schutz Cameo
Posted by Steve Duin, The Oregonian January 18, 2009 15:40PM
Categories: Comics

You got it: That is Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz -- or her mirror image -- prominently featured in the Judge Parker Sunday strip, as rendered by Eduardo Barreto. In the week's sequence, Schutz (in the black sweater) pops up as a high-school teacher who's counseling a student who's hauled off and slugged a cheerleader. Here's another shot of Schutz, trying not to look too delighted that the cheerleader got what's coming to her:

(Barreto, by the way, has already presented Schutz with the original art of the Sunday strip.)

But, go ahead, keep guessing on other Hollywood actresses. ;)

Posted by: Jam893 | June 22, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

>> Jam893:

Thanks for the swell Oregonian link. Here's one of my favorite interviews with the much-beloved Diana Schutz:


Posted by: cavnam | June 23, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

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