At One Certain Syndicate, Love and Loss Are King
THE MORNING LINE:
The early a.m. roundup of today's 'toons, from the lovelorn to the lack of juris prudence...
Today's test: Gaze across these four strips and find two elements they have in common: :
The most obvious, of course, is that they all concern themselves with affaires d'amour -- matters of the heart, or lack thereof. (And whether "Hagar" strikes as a meta-commentary on the writing itself, I'll leave that for you to decide today.)
The other element, though, is that all four comics are properties of King Features Syndicate ("Judge Parker's" North America Syndicate is an affiliate). Which gets this Riffster to mulling: What's in the water -- if not the air -- these days at King Features?
Now granted, you can find the ever-lovin' topic of love in so many strips on any given day. But today, at least, this King Foursomes seems to have more pathos -- or passion -- than most others on The Post pages.
Pure coincidence? Probably. Still, to be safe, can somebody please check the plumbing -- as it were -- 'round Manhattan's Seventh Avenue?
(What's that? Yes, exactly. Just like Judge Randy up there, my tongue is firmly planted in cheek.)
IN OTHER NEWS...
Congratulations to Seth McFarlane's "Family Guy," the Fox series that yesterday become the first animated show to be nominated in the comedy category since "The Flintstones" in -- yabba-yabba--Duude! -- yes, way back in 1961. It's worth remembering that the series survived Fox canceling it -- twice! -- only to be rescued by DVD sales and cable ratings.
Now, of course, in a rather tremendous turnaround, Fox has all but turned over its post-"Simpsons" Sunday lineup to McFarlane -- for "Family Guy," "American Dad" and the soon-to-debut "Cleveland Park." Talk about your last laughs.
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| July 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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