Before we bring out the leftovers, some new content, though it has a bit of a holiday feeling, too, given the nostalgia Ruben Bolling calls on. At least I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one whose holidays have included a trip home and an encounter with your former self in the form of books you grew up with.
For me, specifically, the Richard Scarry books were not part of my own childhood but, rather, things I read with my kids and wanted to give my grandkids.
Apparently, though, the newer editions have been edited and truncated, which is a shame because one of the fun parts of Richard Scarry books was just kind of wandering through them and looking at stuff.
But, then Tom the Dancing Bug has it right: The new verson of career options is not as extensive, and thus certainly not as delightful, as the one you remember from a generation ago, either.
You don't expect a lot of innovation at Thanksgiving and, in fact, you don't want it. Casseroles that you'd never dream of serving any other time are welcome and necessary at holidays not for what they are but for the memories they evoke.
Comic strips are much the same, and the familiar gags, for instance, about children hiding live turkeys from hatchet-wielding parents are still part of the holiday on the comics page despite the fact that it's probably been 75 years or so since more than maybe .05% of Americans ever saw their dinner alive and walking around.
It's as if, at holiday time, the whole comics page turns into Dagwood, putting out familiar comics on predictable themes so that people can all say, "Oh that Dagwood!" (or "Oh that Beetle!" or "Oh that Marmaduke!" or all that whoever.)
Some pull it off better than others. Just because a theme is traditional doesn't mean you can't give it a bit of a fillip and there were several cartoonists whose holiday fare this year was kind of fun and who delivered a fine, if familiar, green bean casserole.
A few samples:
Family friction at the holidays is a given. Trust Ces to carry it a little further than average.
And the "Trickster Turkey" routine gets a topical facelift at ChuckleaDuck that made me laff.
Editorial cartoonists have a little more fun, given that putting a twist on old, familiar themes is key to their work in the first place. Walt Handelsman made the most of it.
And while we're still in a Thankful mood, I'm glad Michael Cavna's been given the chance to make Comics Riffs his full time gig at the WashPost rather than just one of his duties, and that his Thanksgiving offering included the 2002 column Richard Thompson wrote when Gene Weingarten proposed they switch jobs for a day.
Holiday overindulgence time
If you haven't had enough holiday fare, check out the collection of Thanksgiving Day leftovers assembled at the Nib.
Or head over to Politico and see what they've got in their Tupperware.