Strip of the Week: Supersize Your Comics Complaint
In a fairly inspired week of comic strippage, one strip stood out from the rest...
This week's Riffy Award for Strip O' the Week goes to "DOONESBURY," which tackled the sticky matter of the Incredible Ever-Shrinking Comics. (And that's those that survive overall funnypage shrinkage at all.)
"Doonesbury," which has the clout to run larger than most, takes on the issue ever deftly with this strip. And now, here's my wish: Every reader who cares passionately about seeing their print funnies run at a halfway legible, visually stimulating size should clip THIS "Doonesbury" and mail it to their local Newspaper Comics Editor -- with a nicely phrased note attached, to explain just how much this issue matters.
Will it make a difference? Who knows? If nothing else, some editors might think twice before micro-shrinking their comics yet again.
Now, the Riffys for some of the more clever and/or impassioned comments of recent days:
"I don't understand the "This comic is terrible...PUT IT ON THE KIDS PAGE" strategy. Why should kids have to suffer?"...
--Posted by: jakeok
"Unfortunately, newspaper censors would never have permitted 'Zits' to depict the organ that is actually at the root of the matter."
--Posted by: kilby
"Somebody draw me a cartoon gun and hand me some cartoon ammunition. I will jump into the strip, walk to Dennis' home, and ring the doorbell. When he answers, I will empty my cartoon gun directly into his adorable li'l zombie skull.
--Posted by: bucky_katt
"Why is it automatic that it's men shoving corks into Senator Gillibrand's mouth? I'm a woman and I've have loved for her to figuratively 'put a cork in it' or 'put a sock in it.' "
--Posted by: Chasmosaur1
"If today's comics are 'in heat,' I don't see how you cannot mention Agnes's nipples..."
--Posted by: pltrgyst
"Palin's resignation flies in the face of American history. Things are getting tough in Alaska and now she says it's over.
Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"
--Posted by: jimbo1949 (invoking the great bit from "Animal House,' natch).
"Classic line from Squidward when the question is asked: 'I don't know why anyone would want to wear their underwear on the outside,' to which he replies 'Oh, I can think of some.' "
--Posted by: Neale
...and lastly, this -- because this Riffster suspects, in my heart of hearts, that "seismic-2" understands this blog even better than I do.
"Thanks for the memory
Of riffing on the strips, cartoonists' awkward slips,
Each morning's comics blogs where you gave us all those tips,
How lovely it was!
Thanks for the memory
Of censors who wouldn't budge, of Mark Trail's toxic sludge,
And how we got the Washington Post to bring back the Judge,
How lovely it was!
Many's the time that we riffed
And many's the time we were miffed
But then Cavna applied his gift
To make us moan, with a homophone
And thanks for the memory
Of polls that kept the score, your interviews and more,
You might have been a Rat or Pig but you never were a Boar
So thank you so much!"
--Posted by: seismic-2
| July 18, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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