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'Luann' takes home prize for rudest comic strip of the year

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Is this the sort of pickup line that would help you score at a bar?

In a filthy episode of "Luann," Aussie boyfriend Quill urges his paramour - the strip's title character -to grab his genitals in public, in what may well be the most shocking funnies-page entry for 2013.

"I don't want to be a needy, grabby girlfriend," Luann tells her significant other, who responds, "Hey, you can grab whatever you want, Luann." If only these two were employees at some local cubicle farm, then Luann could complain to human resources about sexual harassment.

To be honest, the sexual frankness in this episode of "Luann" is puzzling. After all, the two characters have never been intimate, as far as we can tell, though the opportunity has certainly presented itself. And besides, "Luann" creator Greg Evans has demonstrated a proclivity for taking his cast to the edge of romantic abandon, only to draw them back time and again. No one in "Luann" ever has sex - almost as if a) the very act is impossible to imagine by the characters or b) each "Luann" cast member is about as anatomically accurate as a Barbie or Ken doll.

If "Luann" took place in real life, we imagine the heroine of this comic would send her knee rocketing toward Quill's groin. But because it's only a comic strip, the remark will be forgotten and everyone will go on smiling as if it's OK for an Aussie teen on the make to lewdly proposition an underage girl.

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