Dick Cheney, Cartoon Cross-Dresser?
Morning, Cartoon Nation. Today's comics roundup, from the eye-catching to the head-scratching...
MOST DISTURBING DEMI-TREND: Once is mildly alarming. Twice verges on disturbing. I speak, of course, of a coupla cartoonists' feeling compelled to draw a cross-dressing Dick Cheney. Between today's "CANDORVILLE" and PAT BAGLEY's "Miss California" political cartoon -- gah! -- I'd pay handsomely for a "Men in Black" mind-wipe.
MOST DISTURBING (SINGLE STRIP): Yes, one could argue that Sarge shouting expletives at Miss Buxley is a true sign of &%$#@! equality. Except that in a strip in which Miss B. is chronically ogled as a source of sexual laffs, it feels like just more chronic abuse lobbed at The Secretary Who Apparently Only Owns One (Cocktail) Dress for Decades. Either that or "BEETLE BAILEY's" Sarge simply has a two-track sensibility. Either: a.) Pummel the private; or b.) Abuse his squeeze. Can you say, "Is-suuuues."
THE CVOD (COMIC VISUAL O' THE DAY): Forget such comical cliches as breaking the fourth wall. Today, "Pearls Before Swine" bends the fourth panel. Good on Pastis. RUNNER-UP: Jeremy's state of repose in the first panel of today's "ZITS."
THE PCOD (POLITICAL CARTOON O' THE DAY): I've been on the lookout this week for a Phil Spector 'toon that nails it. By going verbally simple, STEVE BREEN packs the funniest punch.
What cartoons do you think deserve kudos or kvetches today? The floor is yours.
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