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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 07/ 1/2009

Mark Sanford: Dispatches From the 'Appalachian Trail'

By The Reliable Source

The early a.m. roundup of 'toons, from the lustful to the mistrustful...

'DAVID HORSEY' (Seattle Post-Intelligencer/Hearst/courtesy of

FAVORITE SCANDAL-INSPIRED CARTOON THIS MINUTE: The e-mails! The yammering! The rambling press conference as confessional performance art! South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has given cartoonists so much in such a short period of time -- practically talking scandal-mate John Ensign right off the nation's drawing boards.

From Argentina weeping to Appalachian Trail hiking as a hot-and-heavy euphemism (even hotter than "hiking on the Mark Trail, apparently), Sanford promises to keep on giving -- and talking. So it takes a sure-handed David Horsey to really catch up to Sanford's chronic verbosity. EVERYbody...warble along, won't you? ("I sneaked off to Argentina...")

'BILL DAY' (courtesy of

MOST ARRESTING VISUAL THIS MINUTE: Bill Day delivers this powerful image. So strong, we'll let the cartoon do the talking now. 'Nough said.

'GET FUZZY' (UPS)Enlarge Image

FUZZY ON THE BRAIN: What I most like about Francis: To me, he looks pert-near exactly how I imagine R. Crumb looked back in the day. Keep on truckin', Bucky.

What cartoons did you particularly like -- or dislike -- today; you're invited to share them links.


The esteemed Harvey Award nominees have been announced, with homegrown talent Jeff Kinney ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid") among the leading nominees. (Winners will be named at the Baltimore Comic-Con Oct. 10.) To see all the nominees, go to the Harvey Awards site. Congrats to all the honorees, and here -- as a sampling -- are the nominees in the comic strip and online comic categories:


1. BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS, Tony Trovarello and
John Zito,
2. HIGH MOON, Scott O. Brown,
3. LEAST I COULD DO, Lar deSouza and Ryan Sohmer,
4. NIGHT OWLS, Bobby & Peter Timony,
5. PVP, Scott Kurtz,


1. BREWSTER ROCKIT: SPACE GUY!, Tim Rickard, Tribune Media Services
2. GET FUZZY, Darby Conley, United Features Syndicate
3. MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate
4. THE NORM, Michael Jantze, Uclick Gocomics
5. PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, Stephan Pastis, United Features Syndicate


THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: David Horsey, on life at an endangered newspaper.

THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: Bill Day, on life as a pink-slipped cartoonist.

THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: "PvP" creator Scott Kurtz on social networking for cartoonists.

THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: "Brewster Rockit" creator Tim Rickard.

THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: "Mutts" creator Patrick McDonnell.

THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: "Pearls Before Swine" creator Stephan Pastis.

By The Reliable Source  | July 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  The Morning Line, The Webcomic  
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Go Norm! And I've been a big fan of Least I Could Do for a long time ~ that's one of those strips that will, sadly, Never Ever get into print.

Last I checked, LICD lets you go back to day one. Check out the previous artist and when they changed (a year or 18 months into the strip).

Posted by: filfeit | July 1, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Get Fuzzy used to be a favorite but recently (last 9 months) it has gone downhill. I have a hard time believing that it is the top 5 best syndicated strips.

Posted by: buckeye96 | July 1, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Mutts or Brewster should be good. Pearls should not be rewarded, and that is the nicest thing I can say.

Posted by: ZeldaJane | July 1, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"Pearls should not be rewarded, and that is the nicest thing I can say"
Apparently, you'd nominate Garfield?

Pearls is the best thing to happen to daily comics in the last ten years.

Posted by: Montanan | July 1, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

And the winners are: "Fuzzy" for art, "Brewster" for humor, and "Pearls" for attitude.

Posted by: seismic-2 | July 1, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a big fan of "Pearls" - too wordy sometimes. But "Fuzzy" is always funny. That bit about the "metronome" (metro "gnome") a few months back - priceless!

Posted by: mksfromvienna | July 2, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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