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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 06/ 5/2009

'Riffs Picks: Best of the Day--and Week

By Michael Cavna

The best and the rest: A rapid roundup of today's cartoons...

'PEARLS' (UPS)Enlarge Image

FAVE WORDPLAY O' THE DAY: "Pearls Before Swine" has been having a stellar week, and today's punning is the perfect topper. Thing is, often I -- like so many readers -- can sniff out comic-strip wordplay a mile away. But I admit: In this "Pearls," I didn't even see it coming -- and the final-balloon twist on "free" seals the deal. So it's my pick then, too, for COMIC OF THE WEEK.

'SPEED BUMP' (Creators)Enlarge Image

A TEST FOR OUR TIMES: Many creators, if not a fair share of readers, gripe and snipe about how retro-staid the funnypages can be. Today's "Speed Bump" is certainly not as edgy as, say, Mike Peters's "Peanuts Envy" gag a few years back (in "Mother Goose & Grimm"), but I will say this: This "Bump" wouldn't have made many papers a coupla decades ago.

'ZITS' (KFS)Enlarge Image

VISUAL O' THE DAY: The flow through all four panels is swell, but the first panel is particularly primo -- right down to the "Scarlet Letter" being blown straight past his lobes.

'BIG NATE' (NEA)Enlarge Image

TRUTH IN CHARACTER AWARD: "Big Nate," which has become a newly hot online hit among young readers just this year, delivers a winning, well-executed strip by staying utterly true to the characters. Some days, Nate's over favorite pineapple-headed version of a next-gen Charlie Brown.

'SCOTT STANTIS' (courtesy of

MOST STRIKING CARTOON OF THE WEEK: If you're used to experiencing Scott Stantis only through his strip "Prickly City" -- and the comparitively mild dialogue of Winslow and Carmen -- then it can be a shock to the system when you pivot to view his editorial cartoons for the Birmingham News. This one, of course, responds to the abortion-doctor slaying several days ago.

By Michael Cavna  | June 5, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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I am LOVING "Get Fuzzy" As an avid fan of Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, Ghost Adventures etc, this series, first with Jason and Grant and now with Mystic Cat is priceless! Of course if you don't watch those programs you may be lost, but for the rest of us it is a classic inside joke!

Posted by: 2old2readcomics | June 5, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame, because FRAZZ is very often the best of the day. Of course, now, it's chances are diminished since it doesn't even run daily...

BRING BACK FRAZZ!!!!!!! Put Peanuts on the kids page - they're all reruns anyway. This is like if NBC had cancelled "Friends" at its peak to make room for syndicated "I Love Lucy" reruns. Fresh material should have been given priority here. Too bad the Post wants us to pay money for recycled material while withholding what's new.

Posted by: mdennis74 | June 5, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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