Of the thousands of smart (and smart-alecky) comments made on the Comic Riffs blog this past half-year, a good number of reader reactions especially stood out. Here are a handful of faves amid a stellar field.
Happy New Year,
"Good to see Det Heidi Roberts managed to get back into her Prom dress for the final confrontation. The leather pants may have been the wiser choice..."
posted by: JkR [about "Judge Parker"]
"I have a confession to make. Today, I laughed at Family Circus. I just checked. It's a googlenope."
posted by: MAL9000
"I so much wish that Dixie Julep were the long-lost sister of Sally Forth and Jackie. Can we send her to join that family reunion?"
posted by: seismic-2 [on "Judge Parker" and "Sally Forth" cross-pollination that stirs the blood.]
" 'Where the #$%& is Buckyvania'? Mostly inside Bucky's walnut-sized brain."
posted by: drazen1 [on "Get Fuzzy's" favorite secessionist.]
"I am going to miss Rick [Redferm] at press conferences; he is one of my fav. Doonesbury characters!:
posted by: Hallie [on "Doonesbury's" newest ex-Post blogger.]
"Well, I guess it couldn't go on forever (only Doonesbury goes on forever), but this is the third time that Berkeley Breathed has broken my heart, abandoned me in the wastelands, relegated my daily and weekly comix to the bland and the banal. I just don't know if I could stand another Opus-related heartbreak, but I'd love to try."
posted by: weeping and gnashing of teeth [as Opus waddled off into the sunset.]
"A writer named Oswaldo Twee
Was shaped like a fat manatee.
He wrote books for tots
Who hated them, lots,
'Cos the plots were completely glee-free.
posted by: Anonymous ["Anonymous" entrants eventually emerged from the shadows as our "Cul de Sac Poetry Contest" winners were named.]
"At first I thought they'd find the murderer was Butters, from South Park, had something to do with it but he seems to aim low. Now I think it might be Snowflake, egged innocently on by the master of unintended consequences, Poncho."
posted by: f2 [the "Judge Parker" murder continues to bedevil this blog.]
"It's pretty obvious [The Post's] page three is for old people, little kids, and the kind of people who decorate their homes with pictures of kittens."
posted by: Drew
"I love Ted [Forth]. He doesn't threaten my masculinity at all."
posted by: Horacio [a fellow fan of "Lady Hands."]
"This (expletive censored). Now I have to go through Farley dying all over again."
posted by: NoVA [on the "For Better or For Worse" announcement to start again from square one, storywise].
"Inexplicably, I'm starting to notice that Connie from Zits is kinda hot."
posted by: Mediocre Fred
"Hey, this Garfield was actually funny!"
posted by: charlie
"The dog? Really, the dog? We've spent the last 2 months in the desert (2 days in JP time) with the stripper and the hawt detective and it's about the dog??? What is this, 'Snatch'? So. Disappointing."
posted by: JkR [bemoaning the plot of, yes, "Judge Parker."]
Thanks for the arch and artful comments, Cartoon Nation, as we embark on a new year's worth of strips and riffage.