Driving (Me Crazy) Test: Who's This VIP at the DMV?
THE MORNING LINE:
The a.m. roundup of today's toons, from the cunning to the punning...
DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION: The gag is fine and good in today's "Zits," but my apologies: I'm utterly and absolutely distracted by the appearance of the good "Mr. Docter." That's because I'm convinced I know this lanky fella from somewhere in the cartooning industry. Okay, this is driving me nuts. Docter, Docter, give me the news / I've got a bad case of misremembering you...
Ah, at LAST it comes to me. This driving-test proctor looks uncannily like Mr. PETE Docter, the 6-foot-4 Pixar talent who's directed or co-directed such films as "Up" and "Monster Inc." You don't think? Why, judge for yourself HERE.
FECKLESS AND TABBY: "Freckles and Gabby," eh? LIKE it. Why, I've never even seen it and I can guarantee I'd like it more than "Garfield," to say nothing of "Frank & Ernest." And speaking of...
CACHE FOR CLUNKERS: If it takes a big man to admit when he's wrong, then I'm Paul Bunyan on steroids and stilts at the moment. Yes, "Cash for Clunkers" might be a good name for "Frank & Ernest's" freelance-gag payment plan. But today, "F&E" steers away from the more obvious painful puns and gives a good, honest run at a solidly constructed one-liner. Bravo, Frank. And tell Ernest the good word.
REALITY, WHAT A PRECEPT: Here's today's testament in the ever-mounting case that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt: Perhaps no married couple sounds more true, more well-observed spot-ON, than Earl and Opal. I don't know which is more jarring: (a) That I know older couples in the family who are exactly like this; or (b) that someday in the decades ahead, I might just BE this couple. As Pickle varieties go, Brian Crane makes lifelike dialogue his bread-and-butter. (Sorry -- I slipped into "Frank & Ernest" gag-writing mode there for a half-sec...)
AARP SPEED, CAPTAIN: If all "old" pre-existing characters faced termination, O where would our comics page be today? Can we ask that Sluggo step into the bull's-eye and take the slug instead?
YOU CAN CALL ME AL: "Rhymes With Orange" immediately becomes the early leader for the Riffy Award's Pun O' the Week. Provided, of course, Hilary Price doesn't beat a dead "fresco" by following it up with wordplay about "Al Dente" (such a stiff); Al Bacore (fishy character); and Al Gebra (we've gone 'round and 'round, and this guy's story never adds up).
Sheez. Someone please call "Frank and Ernest's" "Cash for Clunkers" hotline. I just can't stop punning at the mouth, and these "pearls" are free to a bad home.
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| August 17, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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