What comics do you read?
A former friend who works at the daily paper here once told me that when the Newhouse chain consolidated the two papers it owned here into one, the one thing that elicited the most comment from people was there two pages of comics the merger produced.
The other day one of the graphic artists stuck his head into my door and saw me reading the comics. He wondered that if this day and age if any young person would even want to produce a daily comic strip.
I replied there seems to be quite a number of folks who do indeed want to do a strip and he retreated.
I think his point was that most strips today suck pond water. Of course the fact they are reproduced at a size that does not service to the work of the creators is another issue.
Anyway, I thought I would list most, if not all of the strips and give them a rating and encourage my readers to do the same.
Do you read the comics in your paper? What are your favorites? Which are the worst?
Here’s my picks and pans of the strip I see almost everyday:
Strips that deserve a fond farewell and a long dirt nap: Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, Nancy, Hagar the Horrible, Andy Capp (celebrating 40 years of spouse abuse!), Family Circus, The Wizard of Id, and the Peanuts re-runs
Strips that were never much good: Spiderman, Cathy, Drabble (possibly the worst strip in syndication today)
Strips that just need to be put down: Sally Forth, Apartment 3-6, Buckets, Marvin
Strips that actually tell a compelling story: For Better or Worse, Funky Winkerbean
Strips that actually make me laugh: Mutts, Shoe, Dilbert, Non-Sequitor, Crankshaft, Curtis, Mother Goose and Grimm, Zits
Strips that are just too precious: Rhymes with Orange, Get Fuzzy (what in the name of God is that thing all about?) Baby Blues
Strips I honestly hate: Garfield
Do I use strips in my papers? We have the King features weekly service and I do run the Sunday Popeye strips every chance I get. A second strip if there’s room is Henry that I run out of sheer perversity.
© 2007 by Gordon Michael Dobbs