|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Friday, January 05, 2007 |
( 1/05/2007 01:13:00 PM ) Bill S.
COMIC STRIP LIGHTENING RODS – Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon has put out several pieces pondering possible replacements for the daily "FotTrot" strip. Our local paper, The Daily Pantagraph, has responded with a strip I haven't seen mentioned yet: John Hambrock's "The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee." Centered around a genius ten-year-old and his talking rat Joules, the strip attempts to blend Bill Watterston-styled flights of fancy with mildly left-of-center political commentary.
In today's strip, for instance, our hero is working on a device to conduct electricity from lightening. "The key is to attract lightening to this apparatus using these metallic rods," Edison tells his rat buddy, "which, to help increase my odds, I'm placing inside these Republican pundit figurines." (The final panel shows our hero sticking a rod into the base of a vaguely human clay figure.) I like Hambrock's art but find the non-specificity of his slam at "Republican pundit figurines" blunts his slight joke. If Hambrock's hoping to achieve the same degree of notoriety as "The Boondocks" (or even "Mallard Filmore"), he's definitely gonna have to hit a little harder . . .