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Old 01-09-2012, 05:58 PM
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Comic Strips you love, and love to hate

The Get Fuzzy thread got me to thinking--well, that and I have The Comics Curmudgeon bookmarked.

Those of you who read the Funny Pages, what comics do you genuinely, unironically enjoy? For me, it's Sally Forth, Pearls Before Swine, and the old-timey Peanuts.

I also adore Mary Worth and Mark Trail, because they are both a perfect car-accident of bad writing and bad artwork. Mary Worth in particular looks like a ransom note, with odd body parts and facial features cut from other comics and pasted together by a blind toddler.

Oh! And the unbelievably pedo-creepy Love Is. I swear, if you did a photographed or live-action version of that, you would be in the Federal Pen for 20-life. The fact that the naked toddlers carry briefcases to work or sometimes wear pearls or neckties makes them even pornier.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:11 PM
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Bizarro, which is the best-drawn comic out there

Cul de Sac

Non Sequitur, but only when it's the single panel comic. I really dislike the multiple panels dealing with the people in the Maine bar, etc.

Get Fuzzy, most of the time

Pearls Before Swine, some of the time

Close to Home has its moments, but it's so poorly drawn that it puts me off

In The Bleachers in the Sunday funnies

I also look at the old Peanuts from time to time.

I used to love Tundra, but it's not in the local paper.

Most of the others, I can't stand. Prince Valiant, Hagar, the child-centric stuff like Family Circus.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:15 PM
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The paper I get has a poll every so often to determine reader favorites. It's a general rule of thumb that the higher a strip places, the less I like it. About the only one I read every day is Doonesbury.
Usually read Tundra, Non Sequitor, Diamond Lil, Rymes with Orange, Crankshaft and Pearls Before Swine.
Glance at Luanne and if it's Toni-Brad I might read it but not if it's Luanne-Gunther. I think they are rerunning old ones lately.

Was looking at the paper as I post this (because I didn't know the names of some of those) and just noticed Get Fuzzy is gone.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:16 PM
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Unironically, I like Mister Boffo. The other day it had toddlers picking up their toys pro bono, which is funnier than anything the nudie kids do in Love Is.

Ironically, another vote for Mark Trail. I love the plots that don't quite make sense, the lack of contractions, and the dialog that's always one note off-key.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:30 PM
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The ultimate two: The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes

Current Favorites: Sally Forth, Foxtrot, Rhymes with Orange

Ones I read and enjoy: Zits and Dilbert

Ones I read because I used to enjoy and now I just read: Blondie and Family Circus.

Ones I hate: The Soapy ones are a waste of space. Years ago my paper carried a strip called The Fusco Brothers. It was aggressively horrible. The jokes were either nonsensical or completely obvious and the art was awful. I would sure it was some sort of meta parody of a comic but it was in my paper for years until they did a huge purge and cut their comics page in half.

Related tangent: years ago a friend and I tried to sell a comic strip that I wrote and he drew. We shopped it around but it didn't sell. I love comic strips.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:32 PM
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What's the one with the haphazardly drawn cats where they use "sh" rather than an s, sho they shay thingsh like thish?

I have married friends who talk that annoying way to each other, and it reminds me of them.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:03 PM
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What's the one with the haphazardly drawn cats where they use "sh" rather than an s, sho they shay thingsh like thish?

I have married friends who talk that annoying way to each other, and it reminds me of them.
Mutts. I used to like it, but it's grown tiresome.

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Old 01-09-2012, 10:55 PM
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Like:

Get Fuzzy
Pearls Before Swine
Doonesbury at least some of the time
Frazz more often than not
Non Sequitur fairly often

Hate:

Family Circus because oh god this is where humor goes to bleed out on the cold ground while Billy leaves little turds over and around it.
Cathy because it is feminism as imagined by someone who thinks Mallard Fillmore is too modern.
The Lockhorns because it is the same handful of notes played incessantly through the decades; it is a symphony by Glass if Glass were a Faulknerian idiot-child and also he hates you.

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Dick Tracy because it is a nearly abstract symphony of violence; the art has become more representational but the plots have not, and the violence remains.
Mark Trail because it is so emotionally repressed it verges on Autism and the animals are more naturalistic than the freakishly ugly and badly-proportioned people.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:01 PM
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In a special category and so a special post:

Peanuts because braaains! but it is a form-defining classic that invented American comics as we know them and it is damn good in its own right; the counter-argument to continuing to run it is because it takes increasingly-valuable space from new artists but most of the talented new artists (the ones you'd want to read) are doing webcomics now anyway so what does it matter.

Peanuts will have a permanent berth in the form it re-defined until that form is gone forever which may well happen within the lifetimes of many of us here.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:04 AM
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1) Love: Luanne, Get Fuzzy, Baby Blues, Mutts, Pearls Before Swine, 9 Chickweed Lane.

2) Hate: Gil Thorpe, Mark Trail, Gasoline Alley, Adam, Rex Morgan.

Though I don't 'love' everything about the first or 'hate' everything about the second bunch. It can get complicated. Who doesn't love the artwork of 9CL? But the tiresome Amos is still dragged on like some kind of love god. Rex Morgan is drawn pretty well, but the storylines go at the pace of an elderly turtle.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:34 AM
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Mutts. I used to like it, but it's grown tiresome.

Joe
Yeah, I love the artwork, but it has really upped its twee factor and become soppy and adowable.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:42 AM
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No love for Stone Soup so far?

That's my favorite in the post-Calvin&Hobbes world.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:54 AM
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Like: Baby Blues (I thought it was clever even before I got married and had a child now it hits close to home)
Get Fuzzy ('cause, yeah)
Bizarro (acceptable Far Side knockoff)
Non Sequitur (a comprehensible version of Doonesbury)

Can't stand: Sally Forth (I read it often trying to comprehend why it would make anyone laugh)
Marmaduke
The Boondocks (if the characters races were reversed it would be drowned in accusations of racism)


RIP: Foxtrot, C&H, Far Side
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:52 PM
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Yeah, I love the artwork, but it has really upped its twee factor and become soppy and adowable.
I stopped reading this one years ago because of this. It's gotten worse?
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:21 PM
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Love: Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, Zits, Cul de Sac

Like: Foxtrot, Dilbert, Baby Blues

Read just because: Family Circus, Blondie, Hagar the Horrible

Hate: Mallard Fillmore, anything with an ongoing plot (particularly when said plot isn't funny)
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:42 AM
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I like Brewster Rocket: Space Guy!, Cul de Sac, Dilbert, Rhymes with Orange, and Frazz.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:53 AM
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Zippy the Pinhead. I completely don't get it at all, but I'm strangely fascinated by it. I don't even know if it's still being produced.

If defunct comics count, my top two are Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County, in that order.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:24 AM
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Favorites: Pearls Before Swine, Watch your Head, Cul de Sac, Lio, XKCD.

Pretty Good: Frazz, Zits, Bizarro, Doonesbury, Stone Soup, Big Nate, Baldo

Used To Be Great, Now Just OK: Dilbert, Get Fuzzy

Better Than You'd Expect: Blondie, Luann (NOT "Luanne"! Can't anyone read the damn title!), Close To Home (although the artwork sucks).

R.I.P.: Bloom County (although Outland and Opus both sucked, go figure), Calvin & Hobbes, daily Foxtrot, The Far Side, Peanuts, Liberty Meadows, Lucky Cow, Eyebeam.

Give It Up, Already: Gasoline Alley (Walt is literally 111 years old - let him go!), Family Circus, B.C. (both were actually funny at one time, like 40-50 years ago).

Hated: Mallard Fillmore, Mutts (I've always been annoyed by the slurred talk, oh yesh), Dinette Set (the worst art and perpetually filled with inside jokes).
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:43 AM
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Wow. As horribly unsuccessful as it is, I honestly did not expect to see this. Thank you. I'm the guy responsible.

(Although, I've put my own comedy credentials in doubt defending Allen Gregory in another thread.)
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:04 PM
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Love: Frazz, Luann, Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County, The Far Side

Like: XKCD, Rose is Rose, Two Lumps, NPC, Peanuts, Sally Forth

Used to like, not so much anymore: Dilbert (I gave up on it when he posted his misogynistic rant on his blog), Garfield

Hate: Doonesbury (yeah, I know, don't start), Family Circus, Mary Worth, Pogo (I know. Sacrilege! But there you go), Cathy, The Lockhorns, Andy Capp
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:11 PM
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Wow. As horribly unsuccessful as it is, I honestly did not expect to see this. Thank you. I'm the guy responsible.

(Although, I've put my own comedy credentials in doubt defending Allen Gregory in another thread.)
Hey, I'll even do what you were too modest to do and link to a site with daily strips as well as your homepage.

Because, if we as SDMB members aren't supporting a really good strip done by one of our own members, that's just silly.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:40 PM
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I guess I have outgrown them. In my childhood I would by the books made from old strips. Loved B.C. And the Wizard of ID (way before he became too preachy). Then in my teen years and beyond Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County Far Side. I don't know of any that have even come close to those three, with Bloom County being #1 for me. I still look occasionally but none hold my interest.
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:00 PM
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I don't really get the paper any more, so I don't see a full page of funnies unless someone at work leaves one around the lunchroom. And then I read them all, just because they're all there. Thus, the whole concept of being confronted daily with something I just wish wasn't there to the point where I can say I HATE it doesn't really apply to my current lifestyle.*

This is not to say I never read the funnies. I do; but I do it at the gocomics.com website; and the ones I love enough to call up every day are as follows:

9 Chickweed Lane
Brewster Rockitt Space Guy!
Candorville
Doonesbury
Frazz
Get Fuzzy
La Cucaracha
Lio
Non Sequitur
Pearls Before Swine

Any that didn't make that list, it's not fair to say I actually hate them; just I've only got so much comic-reading time in a day.


I used to read Pibgorn, but I feel the writer is being self-indulgent by rerunning the Mozart in New York story.

*I do hate Funky Winkerbean, or more accurately, I hate the writer for deciding to make it all serious. I want Crazy Eddie (or whatever his name is) to be a perpetual sixteen-year old listening to frozen pizzas on his turntable, dammit!
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:13 PM
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Hey, I'll even do what you were too modest to do and link to a site with daily strips as well as your homepage.

Because, if we as SDMB members aren't supporting a really good strip done by one of our own members, that's just silly.
Thanks! I'm just on The Dope to lurk, chuckle and have my comments ignored. Didn't think it was my place to get all evangelistic.

Other people, though...
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:33 PM
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There are no "love" ones left. Of the ones in my local paper, I like:
Speed Bump
Pearls Before Swine
Doonesbury

I really really dislike:
MARMADUKE (I mean, what's the point of it?)

And as terrible as it is to say, BC and Wizard of Id, although not great anymore by any means, improved a bit after Johnny Hart died.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:14 PM
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The paper I get has a poll every so often to determine reader favorites. It's a general rule of thumb that the higher a strip places, the less I like it...
That might be because many newspaper-comic readers are gettin' on in age. Like the ladies at the retirement home.
Many convos with my mum start with her: "Oh, do you get 'Frazz' in your paper? Wasn't that just the FUNniest yesterday?"

"Mum, when I have time to read the comics in a newspaper, you'll know I've retired."

(Maybe I should just ask her if she's read the latest XKCD or Order of the Stick, and then spend ten minutes explaining them...)
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:21 PM
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Tumbleweeds was one of my favorites--I miss it.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:23 PM
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I can't believe nobody has mentioned "For Better or For Worse" and it's gawd-awful ending where Elizabeth marries Bland-thony. And now the zombie FBoFW. The snark at binky-betsy.livejournal.com is stellar.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:47 PM
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Loved Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side, miss both of them terribly.

Current Likes:

Pearls Before Swine, Best strip running today.
Doonesbury
Lio, Wonderfully absurd
Dilbert, It's fallen considerably from it's peak in the 90's but it's still funny more often than not
Non Sequitur
Rose is Rose
Get Fuzzy
Classic Peanuts
Sally Forth
Baby Blues
Garfield, Yeah I know... It doesn't suck out loud though and I think I read Garfield and Peanuts mostly because it reminds me of my childhood. Pleasant and inoffensive.


Hate:

Marmaduke and Family Circus. Actively unfunny. These are parade magazine strips that somehow escaped to the main comics page.

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Dilbert (I gave up on it when he posted his misogynistic rant on his blog),
Whoa, what? I've been a Dilbert fan for years and I've never heard of this. What happened?
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:38 PM
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Whoa, what? I've been a Dilbert fan for years and I've never heard of this. What happened?
You can read about it here. Apparently he deleted the post in the meantime, but I read the whole thing when it was up on his site and this article is accurate.

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Old 01-13-2012, 09:20 PM
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Favorite currently-running strips: Pearls Before Swine, Classic Peanuts (at least the first 30 years' worth or so, which seems to be the focus of the Classics), Bizarro.

Favorite defunct strips: Smokey Stover (and Spooky the Cat), Calvin and Hobbes, Smitty, The Far Side, The Boondocks, Upside-Downs, Moon Mullins, Bloom County... a lot of the old humor strips, and I was heavily influenced by a treasury of 1920s-1940s Chicago Tribune strips that my mom had.

Like but don't love: Foxtrot, Zits, Dilbert (all three of which used to be in my favorites), Classic Peanuts post 1980 or so (I really got tired of the constant Spike one-offs), This Modern World

Love to hate: Marmaduke, Garfield, Family Circus... all three of which I routinely deface in my work's break room. I really wish my local paper carried Pluggers, as I'd love to screw with that one, too. I do have to admit that the artist for Pluggers is actually a pretty decent cartoonist, even though I am not the target demographic and the reader-submitted "jokes" are insipid.

I still read most of the comics on the comics page, even the ones I don't really like. Some strips I appreciate for their art or technique, if not the jokes or stories (for instance, Eduardo Barreto provided some very pretty artwork and cheesecake in Judge Parker, and I admire the style in Rose Is Rose and Lio). I've also been surprised when I've gone back to early strips of now mundane series. Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, even Dennis the Menace and occasionally Family Circus were more edgy and had cleaner, more stylized artwork. The only ones I routinely skip are the soap serials that have boring or ugly artwork. Apartment 3G, Mary Worth, etc., have artwork that just looks slapdash, like something churned out on the cheap back in 1970s Charlton comic books.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:01 PM
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My favorite: Zippy
My most hated: Doonsbury
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:36 AM
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My favorite: 9 Chickweed Lane

Today at 9 Chickweed Lane - Edda and Amos have been roleplaying Tarzan and Jane the last few days, and Edda tells her friend they were "totally unprepared", taken by surprise. "HOW UNPREPARED???" ...Edda seems perfectly fine about it. Her gay roomie is going to explode with excitement if Edda gets knocked up!

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Old 02-25-2012, 07:50 AM
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My faves:"Peanuts" (it's not in my local paper anymore) "Garfield"
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:05 AM
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like- Dilbert ('cos of its relevance to my workplaces,) Garfield (if it involves at least one spider,) Get Fuzzy is occasionally amusing, and that's about it.

indifferent or dislike: nearly everything else

hate: Zits and whatever that thing is that looks like it was done in MS Paint.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:58 AM
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I don't know why, but I read about 20 online each day - but it is a rare day when one makes me laugh.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:08 AM
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Tumbleweeds was one of my favorites--I miss it.
I liked that one too. Was it drawn by the same guy who does Garfield?

A quick Google shows I am almost correct - Jim Davis was Ryan's assistant.

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Old 02-25-2012, 09:13 AM
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I can't believe nobody has mentioned "For Better or For Worse" and it's gawd-awful ending where Elizabeth marries Bland-thony. And now the zombie FBoFW. The snark at binky-betsy.livejournal.com is stellar.
I came in to say this! I'm bored with the zombie version, but I used to read it specifically so I could laugh it. Also see Apartment 3-G, but not quite so much.

I read and like Dilbert, Piled Higher and Deeper, and (about half the time) xkcd.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:39 PM
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My gosh, am I the only one that appreciates Pickles? Or am I just showing my age?
Or maybe it's personal....Earl & Opal, the way they talk and react to each other, are almost eerily close caricatures of my late paternal grandparents.

Aside from that,
Like
Pearls before Swine
Zits
Tundra
Dilbert
Baby Blues
Doonsbury


Read just because
Blondie
Garfield
Dennis the Menace


Love to hate
Family Circus and The stupid right-wing duck
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:10 PM
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Absolutely despise: Fred Bassett. Unlike most of the unfunny ones, it's like they've decided to just give up even trying for a joke. Or...anything, really. Fred Bassett is more of a non-sequitur than a comic strip.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:14 PM
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I hardly ever read the comics anymore, but every so often I break out Mark Trail because that shit is hilarious. That guy will do anything to draw an animal rather than a human being! Here's, like, a whole panel of a flamingo while people are talking in speech bubbles that struggle to get out from under the flamingo!
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:30 PM
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Current strips: I like Doonesbury, Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine, Dilbert, WT Duck (not sure if it's in newspapers, but it's a must for anyone who freelances), Rose is Rose, The New Adventures of Queen Victoria.

Our local paper has a terrible selection of comics, but the worst is Nest Heads. And Judge Parker, but that's just a blank part of the page to me.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:35 PM
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Dislike: Peanuts. It was cute 45 years ago, but now it's just sad.
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:12 PM
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I hardly ever read the comics anymore, but every so often I break out Mark Trail because that shit is hilarious. !
I read Mark Trail and Mary Worth exclusively for their unintentional comedy value, and can't wait to see what the Comics Curmudgeon has to say about them every day. My coworker Lori and I have become ironic Mary Worth groupies. "Did you see her arm today? How is it even attached?"
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:45 PM
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Holy cannoli, that link to excerpts from the Dilbert creator's rant is amazing! Does anyone have a link to the whole original post? Someone in my office tacks a Dilbert strip in the break room every day, and I'd love to augment it.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:16 PM
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I don't understand the brouhaha over Mary Worth lately, but I haven't seen it in years. Someone other than Earnst & Saunders must be doing it now. Otherwise I don't see the point of the OP.
Bland-thony? Is that because he isn't a slap-happy smart-aleck? He saved Elizabeth from forcible rape. If that's "bland," I'll accept it any day.

My favorites these days:
Funky Winkerbean
Luann
Baldo
Rose Is Rose
Beetle Bailey
Ziggy
Family Circus (RIP Bil Keane )
Marmaduke
Garfield
Bizarro
Shortcuts
Frank and Ernest
The Born Loser
(The last two we get on Sundays only.)

I also uised to enjoy: Tumbleweeds; Alley Oop; Out Our Way; Grin and Bear It; Peanuts; Nancy; Dick Tracy; Blondie; Moon Mullins; Little Iodine; Wee Pals; They'll Do It Every Time; Captain Easy.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:31 PM
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He saved Elizabeth from forcible rape.
And immediately (and I mean IMMEDIATELY) afterwards begged her to save him from a loveless marriage and help raise his child.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:53 PM
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Daily reads/loves, in rough order of preference:

Lio - Often surreal, occasionally hilarious; definitely my current fave.
Non Sequitur - I like the adventures of Danae and her pet horse-the Sunday ones and the one-offs don't do much for me tho, the opposite of someone upthread.
Get Fuzzy - While the pacing could be better, the wordplay more than makes up for things.
Pearls Before Swine - Hits enough extra base hits to make up for the popups and whiffs.
Mother Goose and Grimm - Even more of a hit or miss proposition that PBS, but when it connects it can be the funniest out there.
Pickles - Yeah, a domestic gag-a-day strip in a sea of clones, but is slyer and thus funnier than most.
Doonesbury - Rarely elicits even a under-my-breath chuckle anymore; I guess I read it out of habit more than anything else.
Luann - At least it allows its characters to grow and change (see Zits below), but might end up in the FBOFW Hell if it keeps getting any soapier.
Rose Is Rose - Would have been much higher 10 years ago, but the original creator signed off and...something...was lost. I got an anthology recently from that period and it was much funnier and fresher. Perhaps there are only so many ways you can do funnycute...
Monty - Adventures of a geeky loser, humor is more often crude and obvious, but occ. chuckle-worthy.
Zits - Even 2 years ago this like RIR would have been much higher, but lately the jokes are becoming increasingly stale and recycled (Jeremy is a slob, Jeremy's mom is shrewish and exasperated, Jeremy's dad is purposely uncool, etc.), and at the current rate Jeremy will graduate sometime in the year 2023 if he's lucky. As contrasted with Luann seems to have moved away from soap opera-ish storylines and is pretty much back to gag-a-day's: not sure if that is for the best tho. Imagine Jeremy and his buddies going on a month-long trip across the country in their van. No I guess not.

Zombies I still love:

Calvin and Hobbes - Best comic strip in history, bar none.
Peanuts - currently in its 60's heyday on Gocomics.

There are other zombies which I liked at the time, but have no interest in revisiting: Bloom County & Preteena to name two. I'd read Far Side reruns every day tho if Larson ever gave his say-so.

Faded faves (or ones I have dabbled in) which I no longer click on:

Mutts - Stuck in a rut as others have said upthread.
FBOFW - The like started to fade soon after Anthony showed up, and the reboot sealed the deal.
9 Chickweed Lane :

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My favorite: 9 Chickweed Lane

Today at 9 Chickweed Lane - Edda and Amos have been roleplaying Tarzan and Jane the last few days, and Edda tells her friend they were "totally unprepared", taken by surprise. "HOW UNPREPARED???" ...Edda seems perfectly fine about it. Her gay roomie is going to explode with excitement if Edda gets knocked up!
This example precisely illustrates why I dropped this strip from my queue-the adventures of an insufferable prima donna and her unending parade of thinly-disguised pictorial double-entendres. To each his own.

Frazz - Yeah, I get it, tries to deliberately be clever as can be-often far too much so for its own good. Humor is as dry as a desert as a result.
Dilbert - Think you could, oh I don't know, freshen things up by moving things back out of the office? Huh? Just once in awhile? Whatever.
Garfield - I'd say that it was funnier back in its early days, but perhaps not-I went back to the beginning at Gocomics awhile back and read about 6 months worth-better, but not that much.

Hates are far too many to list; I'll just say that I dropped the Comics Curmudgeon from my daily visits simply because, of all the awful strips out there, he will only cover about half-a-dozen or of them, over and over, making the same criticisms, which is ironic in a way, criticizing strips for being stale and repetitive while being stale and repetitive yourself. I will mention the innumerable Far Side knockoffs which shamelessly copy Larson's format, but are light-years from his panache or wit.

The main trend (indeed the main thread of this post) I keep seeing is a strip which starts out fresh, if not innovative for its time, but sooner or later it runs out of material and simply can't avoid endless reruns of the same few gags (esp. if the strip has become a cash cow). It takes a very creative mind and/or drawing style to keep things fresh for a long time, and most strips simply can't pull it off.
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9 Chickweed Lane used to be my favorite comic. Then the author shifted gears and had Edda and Amos move to New York and turned it into a soap opera. I kept reading for maybe a year... and now I just can't anymore. I wish he'd get over himself fcs.
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I can't stand Cathy for one reason- she sweats all the time. And for no reason, I just have to post this Youtube clip.
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