As a card-carrying right wing nut, I probably SHOULD love “Mallard Fillmore.” I’m in agreement with its political slant 90+ percent of the time, and Bruce Tinsley is a genuinely talented caricaturist, and yet… the strip has made me laugh maybe twice since it started.
And then there’s Tom Tomorrow. In this case, I get the impression the guy’s not even the littlest bit interested in being funny. Mainly, he preaches. And preaches. And preaches some more. And then, just in case the preaching was too subtle… he lectures.
Look, I generally dislike “Doonesburry,” but to give GArry Trudeau his due, every once in a while, he makes me laugh when he does a non-political strip. And THAT means there’s a chance, a tiny chance, that his political strips are genuinely funny, and it’s only my political prejudices that keep me from seeing it.
Tomorrow, on the other hand, has never made me laugh, even the few times he’s done non-political strips. And worse still, even when he AGREES with me (hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day!), he’s STILL an unfunny, preachy bore.
Neither Tinsley nor Tomorrow seems to grasp that a dry, smug, preachy lecture doesn’t become funny just because you put it in the mouth of a cartoon bird.
But now a question for you: you may AGREE with the sentiments expressed in either of those strips, but tell the truth: do you really think it’s FUNNY? Does either strip actually make you LAUGH?