Obviously, opinions vary as to whether ANYTHING is funny. To those who never liked Dilbert or Doonesburry, the point is moot, of course.
Personally, I’ve always liked Dilbert, and I think Scott Adams’ work is just as funny as ever. I’m inclined to think that Dilbert has been around so long, however, that many of his formerly rabid fans are getting a bit bored with him. To some extent, that’s inevitable. Even the funniest sitcom eventually loses its audience. Even if it’s still funny, people eventually tire of almost everything.
As for Doonesburry… well, this MAY be just my right-wing bias showing, but I don’t think Trudeau has been funny in a loooong time. Oh, even to a right-winger like me, Doonesburry was hilarious, and a VERY innovative strip back in the 70s. I’d never seen anything like it before, and it’s been highly influential.
But let’s face facts: Trudeau is OLD (it happens to all of us), and he’s waaay out of touch with current pop culture. Thus, when he TRIES to make pop culture references, he only looks more pathetic. Hey, if I were in his shoes, I’d be in trouble now, too! I’m 38, and finding that I have no clue what’s happening on college campuses, or what kids are watching/reading/listening to. That’s fine in my walk of life, but it’s fatal for a would-be hipster like Trudeau.
Another Doonesburry problem: Trudeau was ALWAYS a lousy artist, but his ways of hiding it used to be clever. That hasn’t been true in ages. It’s only too clear that Trudeau depicted George Bush as an invisible man (and Quayle as a feather and Clinton as a waffle and George W as a cowboy hat) because he CAN’T DRAW TO SAVE HIS LIFE!!!
Trudeau knew he was losing touch almost 20 years ago, which is why he took a long hiatus. He came back no more inspired or talented than before. Doonesburry is a waste of space- it’s even less funny than PEanuts (ANOTHER once-brilliant, once innovative strip by a cartoonist who’s had nothing new or interesting to say for 20 years).