TONY'S ONLINE TIPS TONY'S ONLINE TIPSfor Wednesday, November 8, 2006
It's the Dreaded Deadline Doom, TOT style. My life being what it is, I won't always be able to bring you a full-length edition of this column every weekday. But what I can do is dive into my file of COMICS IN THE COMICS and, at the very least, give you a couple moments of entertainment.
Veteran TOT readers know that "Comics In The Comics" is what I call those newspaper comic strips and panels that feature guest stars from other comics strips or comic books, or that provide some self-referential humor. Today's examples are all from January of this year.
We start with Dan Piraro's BIZARRO from January 6:
It's a discussion of what you can/can't say in a comic strip from Darby Conley's GET FUZZY of January 16:
If you click your heels together three times and say that you believe in fairies, there's a good chance I'll have another full-length TOT for you by the end of the week. In the meantime, thanks for spending part of your day with me.
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
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