Tuesday, June 22, 2010

See You in the Funny Papers

To paraphrase the conversation:

"Sometimes you're such a jerk, dad."

"You really don't know what you're talking about, son. Jerk!"

And from something akin to that was born the comic Barney & Clyde, which debuted earlier this month when the Washington Post gave columnist Gene Weingarten and son Dan their own trial strip. In five years father and son have gone from at odds to at (disjointed, humorous) one. It's not quite the billionaire-bum scenario of their comic in real life, but there are parallels to be drawn from its origin as the creation of a Pulitzer Prize winning dad and his high school dropout son who lives in the basement and how that relationship and those people have transformed.

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