The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > Cafe Society

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #51  
Old 12-06-2012, 12:09 PM
Son of a Rich Son of a Rich is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by gazpacho View Post
Ashely Pomeroy.

When I was at comic con this year I got the second full sized little Nemo book. The pages are the size of the Newspaper it was originally printed on. about 2' by 3'. I was talking with the people that published the book. The do have an ipad app for little nemo. I have not personally looked at it on ipad. They also publish a similar full sized book with Gasoline alley.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/littl...408483081?mt=8
McKay must've had a cyborg hand to draw all those Nemos and the other strips not to mention every frame of Gertie. Contrast it to Davis, who has a factory to turn out 3 daily panels of Garfield.
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #52  
Old 12-06-2012, 02:54 PM
Irishman Irishman is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
I see the humor. It's not shockingly funny, or particularly amusing. Nor is it really that original. It's the kind of thing you observe and comment in your daily life. Maybe lament about to your friends. "Geez, my mom is so neurotic, she makes a list of ways to improve her life, and they're all things for me to do." Isn't that half of Seinfeld?

That said, the artwork is truly dreadful - worse than early Dilbert.


Quote:
Originally Posted by gallows fodder View Post
and sometimes completely incoherent.
The joke is that mom is calling while on the toilet. The moments of incoherence are when she's grunting out a log. Thus the "fiber" comment.
Reply With Quote
  #53  
Old 12-06-2012, 05:08 PM
Long Time First Time Long Time First Time is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
My theory is that some editor believes that a certain demographic will find the strip funny, even if they do not. Since they believe that, say, 25-35-year-old single women will identify with the strip and find it Hi-larious, they don't worry too much that they think it's terrible.

One hopes that nobody thinks Mallard Filmore is funny, but lots of editors probably believe that Fox News addicts literally roll out of their chairs laughing at his subtle digs and wry observations on the state of the country.
Reply With Quote
  #54  
Old 12-06-2012, 05:13 PM
Labrador Deceiver Labrador Deceiver is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by Irishman View Post
I see the humor. It's not shockingly funny, or particularly amusing. Nor is it really that original. It's the kind of thing you observe and comment in your daily life. Maybe lament about to your friends. "Geez, my mom is so neurotic, she makes a list of ways to improve her life, and they're all things for me to do." Isn't that half of Seinfeld?

That said, the artwork is truly dreadful - worse than early Dilbert.




The joke is that mom is calling while on the toilet. The moments of incoherence are when she's grunting out a log. Thus the "fiber" comment.
I don't think so. I think it just means that she's constipated sometimes.
Reply With Quote
  #55  
Old 12-06-2012, 06:13 PM
Maserschmidt Maserschmidt is online now
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,844
Whiny remark.
Whiny retort.
Whiny remark.
Wry punch line.
Reply With Quote
  #56  
Old 12-06-2012, 06:26 PM
Irishman Irishman is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Quote:
Originally Posted by Labrador Deceiver View Post
I don't think so. I think it just means that she's constipated sometimes.
I don't believe merely being constipated leads one to be "clueless and slow and slightly confused", whereas if you're trying to squeeze out a log, it's more difficult to process what you're being told, and you have to pause and hold your breath, and the person on the other end of the line might think you were slightly distressed. At the very least, it's difficult to carry on a smooth conversation.
Reply With Quote
  #57  
Old 12-06-2012, 06:59 PM
Lamia Lamia is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by gallows fodder View Post
Jesus, this is shamefully awful. How on earth does this woman have a career? At the very best, her strips are just scraping by with the tiniest smidgen of a humor particle (random example), usually devoid of anything resembling humor
I think I can tell what she's going for in that second one. My sister has a tendency to blab the ending of/plot twists to work of fiction. If you say something like "Oh, I've been meaning to see/read that, how is it?" she's likely to answer with something like "Pretty good, it turns out the husband was the killer all along." So I'd be the perfect person to find this particular strip an at least mildly amusing "funny because it's true" observation...but I didn't, because it was executed in such an incompetent manner.

Aside from the art, which is so bad it looks almost like a parody of bad art, the joke just isn't well written. The ending the mother gives away is so obvious that the main character's annoyance about the "spoiler" doesn't make sense. If the joke was supposed to be that the main character was sarcastically complaining about the mother giving away the ending of a totally predictable potboiler then that doesn't really come across either. It doesn't help that the character is drawn with so little expression (is she supposed to be surprised in panel 3?) or that her face is mostly blocked by her coffee cup in the final panel.
Reply With Quote
  #58  
Old 12-06-2012, 07:26 PM
Ponch8 Ponch8 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,426
Quote:
Originally Posted by Irishman View Post
The joke is that mom is calling while on the toilet. The moments of incoherence are when she's grunting out a log. Thus the "fiber" comment.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Labrador Deceiver View Post
I don't think so. I think it just means that she's constipated sometimes.
I don't think she's on the toilet either. The cartoonist is too incompetent to rise even to the level of potty humor.
Reply With Quote
  #59  
Old 12-18-2012, 10:13 AM
Ponch8 Ponch8 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,426
FINAL UPDATE: Dogs of C Kennel wins with 5786 votes vs. Reply All's 360, a 94% to 6% spread that stayed consistent for pretty much the entire two-week voting period. Tribune readers can kiss Reply All's sorry ass goodbye after December 30 when a new competition begins. Dogs of C Kennel will become a permanent part of the comics page and won't have to defend itself again.
Reply With Quote
  #60  
Old 12-20-2012, 09:04 AM
psiekier psiekier is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rubixcube View Post
Reply All is almost in a tie with Family Circus as the worst newspaper strip I've ever had the displeasure to read.
After decades of mildly amusing banality, Family Circus redeemed itself with this strip. Forward, for The Emperor!
__________________
Pete
"So it's you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans."
Reply With Quote
  #61  
Old 12-20-2012, 09:30 AM
Agent Foxtrot Agent Foxtrot is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Perhaps the humor is in its badness? Anyone? No?

Last edited by Agent Foxtrot; 12-20-2012 at 09:31 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #62  
Old 12-20-2012, 10:42 AM
Ponch8 Ponch8 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,426
Some things are comically bad, but "Reply All" isn't one of them.

I actually had a nightmare last week that "Reply All" reached 7% in the poll. I was worried that it was starting a comeback. Luckily, my nightmare scenario never materialized. I don't think "Reply All" was above 6% at any point.
Reply With Quote
  #63  
Old 12-20-2012, 10:52 AM
Trepa Mayfield Trepa Mayfield is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
You seem to be confusing "simple" with "bad". XKCD has simple art: Just a few lines to define a person. But the lines all go where Munroe wants them, and they effectively convey the emotions and personalities of the people depicted, so it's nonetheless good art. Similarly for, say, South Park.

But that's not what this art is. The artwork in Reply All isn't simple-- The characters have eyelashes, for crying out loud, and five-fingered hands, both of which are extremely rare for comic strips. But even with all that detail, the artist still fails to convey any emotion or personality, and it looks like she just can't control the pen (or more likely, mouse). Thus, this art is bad.
I feel compelled to point out that Munroe can also draw complicated things beautifully when he feels like it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.