NEW YEAR’S GOOGLE DOODLE: As partying logo rings in 2012, here are our Top 12 Doodles of 2011

To signal the arrival of 2012, Google delivers its annual rite: an "Auld Lang" sign. Google's homepage logo of six partying characters has begun appearing in points around the globe.

And for Google’s recently patented “Doodles,” 2011 was worth celebrating. The California company has had a banner year with its artful logos, which have ranged from the muse of music (Les Paul's guitar and the Freddie Mercury animated video) to interactive nostalgia-plumbing characters (Jim Henson's Muppets and Art Clokey's Gumby) to writers and other artists (Mark Twain's Hannibal and Mary Blair's small World of Disney).

They all, in fact, make Comic Riffs’ list of TOP TWELVE GOOGLE DOODLES OF 2011

Here are our picks:

1. LES PAULTHE PLAYABLE GUITAR

2. MARTHA GRAHAMTHE ANIMATION DANCE

3. LUCILLE BALLCHANNELING THE HIGHLIGHTS

4. FREDDIE MERCURYTHE MUSIC VIDEO

5. JIM HENSONTHE CLICKABLE MUPPETS

6. ART CLOKEY: THE “GUMBY DOODLE”

7. JULES VERNEDEEP-SEA DOODLE

8. STANISLAW LEMTHE ANIMATED SCI-FI GAME

9. MARY BLAIRTHE DISNEY DOODLE

10. THOMAS EDISONTHE ILLUMINATING DOODLE

11. MARK TWAIN THE HANNIBAL PANORAMA

12. LOUIS DAGUERRE: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC DOODLE

Happy New Year, Google, and in 2012, may you find new and inventive ways to celebrate our cultural noisemakers.

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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