Create Your Own Cartoon Character: What Should the 'Mainstream Media' Look Like?
The early a.m. roundup of cartoons, from the trite to the true...
How do you feel about the mainstream media? Or make that: the Mainstream Media, the Fourth Estate, the Prominent Collective Entity that so often merits Capital Letters Of Import in print?
I ask because in today's "Candorville," cartoonist DARRIN BELL depicts -- as he often does -- the Mainstream Media with a less-than-pleasant physical embodiment. Just look at the guy. This character is purposefully soft and doughy -- so lacking in muscle tone that one wonders whether he's ever chased a story in his life.
Bell also gives "MSM" Man a vaguely "Chris Matthews" visage, but adds closely set, beady eyes (thus, a not-so-trustworthy set of peepers); draws him devoid of eyebrows (perhaps suggesting he's incapable of critical discernment and furrowed-brow skepticism); and gives him a mouth large enough to swallow an entire casaba melon -- all the easier for gullibly swallowing sensationalistic, fact-challenged stories.
"Candorville" has rendered MSM Man so thoughtfully that this all meris the Official Comic Riffs Reader Question o' the Day: If you were to draw Mainstream Media as a cartoon character, what features and attributes would you give him/her?
(Uncanny vision -- or shortsightedness? Brave, broad shoulders -- or no spine t'all? A true, steady mouth-piece, or a forked tongue? Your options boggle my journo mind...)
FVOD (FAVE VISUAL OF THE DAY): An inspired visual comes courtesy of "LIO," as Mark Tatulli leads our eye artfully across the panel. Nicely executed.
WHAT AILS YA: It takes a mighty confident comic strip to leave itself wide open: By stating that its title character is writing "second-rate comedy for the medically frail." For such inspiration, "AGNES" need only cast her bespectacled eyes elsewhere around the page. (We won't name names. Well, yet.)
THE EATER-NET: I'd love to see -- courtesy of The "BLONDIE" Bump -- how much that traffic to the sites Foodbook.com and Foodbook.org spikes tomorrow. And to repay the favor, both sites should feature the proper recipe for a real Dagwood sandwich.
I, MARK, HATE APOSTROPHES: "My name is Mark Trail. In case YOU had not noticed, I think you will want to hear that I -- unlike other characters in my strip -- refuse to use any word that is a contraction. And I think YOU will read my stiff and stilted manner of speech and realize it is a symbol of my utter moral rectitude. I am Mark Trail, a Human Overstarched Collar. If you do not appreciate this, YOU are the one whose mind is in trouble."
| June 11, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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