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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 10/10/2009

'Riffs Picks: From the Nobel's Nervy 'Tude to a TV Superstar in the Nude--Today's Catchy Cartoons

By Michael Cavna

From Marge Simpson in the buff to Obama's Nobel guff, today's most eye-catching cartoons culled from across the mighty mighty Web...

5. The Nobel Obama cartoons came forth like a hard rain. Perhaps one of the best: DAVID FITZSIMMONS of the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson).

4. In a fairly strong week for The New Yorker magazine, cartoonist TREVOR HOEY offers this sly punch line that's punctuated splendidly by the large-headed artwork. And the 'Riffs runner-up for this week's New Yorker batch goes to KIM WARP, for this seasonally timely 'toon.

3. The continued saga of violent cross-pollination in "PEARLS BEFORE SWINE" concludes fairly hilariously today.

2. "Eye-catching," we hasten to remind, is not the same as "endorsing." Because either aesthetically or just really libidinally, I'm mildly troubled by MARGE SIMPSON posing for Playboy, blue hair and all. Perhaps I've never just seen Marge in that way.

Truly humorous, though, is the quote from Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey, who says with seemingly a straight face: "We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd," Really, Theresa? REALLY?? Libidinous 20-year-olds are seriously excited at the prospect of Marge Simpson in the marigold-yellow buff -- the cartoon Mom from a show so many 20-somethings don't even watch anymore?

With a wacky sense of humor like that around, no wonder Hef is always grinning.

1. The trailer for next year's "Toy Story 3" was purportedly not due to hit till next Monday. But lo and behold, looky here: A trailer for "TOY STORY 3" "leaked" a few days in advance. Who'd-a thunk it?

By Michael Cavna  | October 10, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  The Animation, The Comic Strip, The Morning Line  
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wish you would just post the comics in the post instead of linking them. it's getting annoying with all the extra clicks, to the point of not wanting to follow this feature.

Posted by: cherylot | October 10, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

In-line graphics do read faster, but there may be copyright issues that make them impossible or inadvisable. The simplest method for working around the problem is to RIGHT click on each link, and select "open link in a new tab". Do this for each link on the page all at once, and by the time you have finished reading the first linked comic (on the second tab of your browser), the other four or five tabs will probably have finished loading.

Posted by: kilby | October 10, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I think we should have a "find the anomaly" in Mark Trail. For instance in Saturday's the window blinds in the first panel are halfway up the window and in the last panel they are 1/4 up the window! This is fun!

Posted by: 2old2readcomics | October 11, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Just another complaint. Why are Sunday's Zippy and Liberty Meadows shrunk to the point that the pixels distort the letters? Even with a magnifying glass they are difficult to read. With Vista I can't find out how to enlarge them.

Posted by: olddog1 | October 11, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Seeing Marge may make me by a Playboy for the first time in 10 of those, this I gotta see situations. Kinda fun.

Posted by: ZeldaJane | October 12, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that 95% of the people who are complaining about the Marge Simpson Playboy cover have no idea that it's a parody of an earlier Playboy cover.

Posted by: Blurgle | October 12, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

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