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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 06/18/2009

So Many Swell Comics--Or Is It Just Me?

By The Reliable Source

The quickie roundup of today's cartoons, from the good to the better than good...

Some days, an inordinate number of comics seem uncommonly good and unusually inspired, as if something were in the collective water of cartoonists. Either that or the barista slipped a little something extra in my morning joe. Whatever the cause of this creative convergence, 'Riffs spotlights the highest of the highlights:


FAVE LAST LINE: "Pearls Before Swine" often has me at "hello" with witty opening panels. Today, though, it's the last line -- "Oh, I will SO dominate" -- that sticks the landing. Quite the pearl, indeed.

'SPEED BUMP' (Creators)Enlarge Image

FAVE SINGLE-PANEL GAG: "Speed Bump" -- There's a reason Dave Coverly won the Reuben this year -- because sly-twist gags like so this are delivered so deftly, cleanly, succinctly.


FAVE VISUAL: "Dennis the Menace" -- Bear with me for a minute. Because I don't say this idly: That look on Mr. Wilson's face is drawn with uncommon craft. The sense of fatigue, of disgust, of resignation, of kid-worn weariness. On this day, somehow, the artist was really feeling it.

'ZITS' (KFS)Enlarge Image

MOST DISTURBINGLY EFFECTIVE VISUAL: The other day, I said the "Zits" kiss was oddly the most compelling and repellent image (a "gag" in multiple senses of the word). Now, I take it back. THIS is the most disturbing yet captivating image of the week.

Those are my picks; 'Riffs invites yours.

By The Reliable Source  | June 18, 2009; 12:55 PM ET
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Zits: Ah yes, 15 and clueless. Poor baby.

Posted by: 2old2readcomics | June 19, 2009 2:31 AM | Report abuse

I must respectfully disagree on Speed Bump. Absolutely lacking in originality. Very old, tired joke.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | June 19, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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