A Scoring Update From Scuttled Comic-Strips Land...
Today's Official Quiz Question: When it comes to comics, what do The Washington Post and the San Diego Union-Tribune have in common?
Yes, yes, both newspapers have run my staff cartoons in the past, but for our purposes today, the correct answer is: Neither is running "Tank McNamara" at present.
On Monday, of course, Comic Riffs wrote that The Post had decided not to run this week's "Tank's" strips, which feature a storyline about the NFL's reinstatement of ex-pro (and ex-con) Michael Vick. Post management deemed the strips "inappropriate."
Well soon, this blog's story was picked up by such outlets as the Atlanta Journal Constitution (home of Vick's former Falcons) and NBC/Washington and Politico and AOL , among scads of sundry industry/news/sports sites. (And thanks to those of you who linked back to the source here -- you know who you are.) And then late Monday, the New York Times picked up on the story and quoted "Tank McNamara's" syndicate editor as saying that The Post was the only client he knew of that's not running this week's "Tank." (Note: Comic Riffs earlier linked to the Times story on its Facebook page: Facebook.com/comicriffs.)
For those scoring along at home, though, now comes word that the Union-Tribune has put the comic "on hiatus" for the rest of the week, reports the paper's Sports department. The U-T ran Monday's strip -- in which "Dick Cheney" orders the NFL to kill Michael Vick -- then reportedly decided not to run "Tank" for the rest of the week.
So purely for sporting purposes, the question on the table now is: Will any other of "Tank's" 100 or so clients decide to pull the strip as it moves fully into satire of perceived NFL racism?
Meantime, several readers have asked this Riffster whether I've seen any good Michael Vick cartoon satire? For my money, this Mike Luckovich political cartoon -- which admittedly is as more about Obama's handling of the Henry Louis Gates arrest (aka "Gates-gate") -- has been my favorite of late that depicts Vick (favorite touch: the Scooby-Doo T-shirt).
MIKE LUCKOVICH (Atlanta Journal Constitution / courtesy of cagle.com)