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2013-07-10 07:45:05 AM
Part of The Far Side fan club here and I would have put it at #1, although the only knock I have on it was that ti spawned numerous imitators that were far inferior.  There was one that started running in our paper after Gary Larson hung 'em up that was just awful - Close to Home.  It didn't help that my dad liked it better, since he never "got" The Far Side but thought this one was hilarious.  John McPherson is functionally retarded and a pathetic copycat.


Also, my father in law loves the series comic Prince Valiant.
 
2013-07-10 08:05:18 AM

dentalhilljack: Part of The Far Side fan club here and I would have put it at #1, although the only knock I have on it was that ti spawned numerous imitators that were far inferior.  There was one that started running in our paper after Gary Larson hung 'em up that was just awful - Close to Home.  It didn't help that my dad liked it better, since he never "got" The Far Side but thought this one was hilarious.  John McPherson is functionally retarded and a pathetic copycat.


Also, my father in law loves the series comic Prince Valiant.


how can you blame "the far side" for the imitators?

This list is pretty much spot on except for Liberty Meadows and Opus. both great strips but not in the top 10.  As others have said and I agree Bloom County takes Opus spot.  I never heard many folks talk about the Opus strip but saw plenty of bloom county strips cut out and posted. I was glad not to see Cathy, Dilbert or Blondie on the list.

B.C should be included.
 
2013-07-10 08:12:07 AM
Liberty Meadows might not belong on the list but Cho's wonderful creations belong in this tread

www.coverbrowser.com 25.media.tumblr.com  c0389161.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com obivalderobi.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-07-10 08:15:45 AM
wondermark.com
 
2013-07-10 08:16:19 AM
Got to put in my $0.02 for Rick O'Shay.
 
2013-07-10 08:19:51 AM

This text is now purple: SilentStrider: I would take Peanuts over Far Side and C&H, but thats just me.

And the list needs some love for Pearls Before Swine.

It better be. Peanuts spent 40 years being boring.


Pearls Before Swine has been on the decline for a few years now.  Same with Get Fuzzy.

I am surprised I am the only person who like Cul De Sac.  Awesome characters, art, and story telling.

Mutts and F Minus are the worst comics strips of all time.
 
2013-07-10 08:22:45 AM

Tarl3k: How am I the first one to post the fake "final" Calvin and Hobbes?

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Wow that is so sad...
 
2013-07-10 08:24:47 AM

cervier: Tarl3k: How am I the first one to post the fake "final" Calvin and Hobbes?

[www.picpak.net image 768x274]

Wow that is so sad...


I  farking hate that piece of shiat.
 
2013-07-10 08:26:59 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-10 08:29:53 AM
www.lewiscarroll.org
 
2013-07-10 08:32:52 AM
skateandannoy.com
 
2013-07-10 08:34:07 AM
 
2013-07-10 08:38:27 AM
www.oboemotions.com

Okay, I'm done.
 
2013-07-10 09:21:42 AM
The oldest comic book I have is a 1928 Krazy Kat....in NM/M.
 
2013-07-10 09:27:44 AM

Dancin_In_Anson: [i1123.photobucket.com image 600x809]


One of my all time favorites. I was in that shape the Sunday it was printed.


Too many to pic from for me...but that one is at the top of the list for sure.
 
2013-07-10 09:31:43 AM
I don't know where those "Zalgo" comics came from, but they are morbidly fascinating.

/wishes they'd do a reboot of C&H - modern references and all that
 
2013-07-10 09:37:55 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-10 09:38:40 AM
Want (almost) everything from A-Z including gems like Academia Waltz?
 
2013-07-10 10:14:39 AM

Tarl3k: How am I the first one to post the fake "final" Calvin and Hobbes?

[www.picpak.net image 768x274]


I'd never seen that before. That's the saddest thing I've ever seen.
 
2013-07-10 12:02:35 PM

SilentStrider: I would take Peanuts over Far Side and C&H, but thats just me.

And the list needs some love for Pearls Before Swine.


Everything you just said is correct.  Peanuts, Far side, Pearls Before Swine, probably Garfield after that for me at least.  Never cared much for Calvin and Hobbes.
 
2013-07-10 12:09:39 PM
I'm inclined to toss out "Garfield" and "Liberty Meadows" and include Bill Griffith's "Zippy" and Jim Unger's "Herman".
 
2013-07-10 12:10:57 PM
Calvin and Hobbes *
Bloom County *
The Far Side *
Peanuts *
Pogo *
Guindon *
Shoe
Ernie / Piranha Club
Get Fuzzy
Tumbleweeds
Herman
Mutts
Sherman's Lagoon
...and a few others

* Alas, no more.


I get physically ill if I accidentally read more than one panel of Cathy or Garfield. They are the modern version of Nancy.
 
2013-07-10 12:43:30 PM

Loadmaster: Shoe


I love you.

Loadmaster: Mutts


I hate you.
 
2013-07-10 12:54:30 PM
So "Liberty Meadows" is just one of those "hot chick and bunch of funky dudes or animals or whatever" webcomics that somehow ended up with a syndication deal at the intersection of print's decline and digital inking's rise?
 
2013-07-10 12:56:17 PM

poot_rootbeer: So "Liberty Meadows" is just one of those "hot chick and bunch of funky dudes or animals or whatever" webcomics that somehow ended up with a syndication deal at the intersection of print's decline and digital inking's rise?


...yes.
 
2013-07-10 12:59:13 PM
Zits?

Shermans's Lagoon?

Liberty Meadows got cut from the WaPo. I thought it was pretty good. Kinda over the top with the Jen part, but meh. Cartoons.
 
2013-07-10 01:25:04 PM

Loadmaster: Calvin and Hobbes *
Bloom County *
The Far Side *
Peanuts *
Pogo *
Guindon *
Shoe
Ernie / Piranha Club
Get Fuzzy
Tumbleweeds
Herman
Mutts
Sherman's Lagoon
...and a few others

* Alas, no more.


I get physically ill if I accidentally read more than one panel of Cathy or Garfield. They are the modern version of Nancy.


I'm not a Garfield fan but I must admit there were some strips that were funny.

Those who are blasting Peanuts as not being worthy, they need to go back and read the first 10 years.  Peanuts and Schulz created the avenues for decent and for some big paydays for those that followed.

Peanuts, Pogo and Lil Abner (and a few others) are like the founding fathers of comic strips and should be in their own category and like them or hate them they in my opinion are considered untouchable.

I love Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side.  I almost want to be Far Side #1 for the simple reason that Larson used 1 single panel to create the story and he was able to have that big of an influence on comic strips and culture.
 
2013-07-10 01:57:26 PM

arte1953: No one mentioned Dick Tracy? The new artists are excellent.


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They actually replaced Dick Lochner (who wrote and drew the strip) with Joe Staton (artist) and Mike Curtis (writer; he actually used to be a cop).

I started reading Tracy late in Lochner's run, but grew bored because he would take two or three weeks just to show one scene of action.  Staton and Curtis's run is so much better (better characters and faster pacing) that it's become one of my favorite comic strips.
 
2013-07-10 02:01:39 PM
Little Nemo should be on the list.  High on the list.
Peanuts should be higher.
I love Liberty Meadows, but I don't think it had the distribution, the influence, or the longevity of the rest of the list, so I was surprised at its inclusion.
Maybe one of the serialized strips other than Doonesbury where the characters age.  I'm thinking Funky Winkerbean or For Better or For Worse.
 
2013-07-10 02:11:32 PM

CPav: Little Nemo should be on the list.  High on the list.
Peanuts should be higher.
I love Liberty Meadows, but I don't think it had the distribution, the influence, or the longevity of the rest of the list, so I was surprised at its inclusion.
Maybe one of the serialized strips other than Doonesbury where the characters age.  I'm thinking Funky Winkerbean or For Better or For Worse.


Needs to be a top 20.
 
2013-07-10 02:36:42 PM
Herman
Non-Sequitor
Shoe
Geech
Fox Trot
---daily

Willie n Ethel
Lockhorns
---whenever I remember to look for them

\ tried to post today's Geech
\\ the complexities outside of a copy & paste eluded me
 
2013-07-10 02:54:48 PM
Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.
 
2013-07-10 03:54:26 PM

Gunny Highway:

Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.
I've never seen it in any paper.   Thanks for the examples -- now I know WHY.
 
2013-07-10 04:07:19 PM

Waldo Pepper:

Needs to be a top 20.

Here's the crux of the matter...  I wouldn't take any OFF that list, but I'd like to see more ON it.

Among them, as previously mentioned...


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2013-07-10 04:32:33 PM
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2013-07-10 04:42:17 PM

exick: Calvin and Hobbes should be #1 but please just don't mention the raccoon arc...

But at the end, they hug and say, "Don't YOU go anywhere." "Don't worry."

Sonofa...


I has cry...
 
2013-07-10 04:48:35 PM
i.imgur.com

(Edited, for your Fark.)

If the author only ever read this I could forgive him for putting the suck that is Garfield Amalgamated Humor Industries and Clip-Art Supplies on the list, otherwise there are hundreds of comics more worthy than that drivel.
 
2013-07-10 04:57:59 PM

BMFPitt: I find their lack of Dilbert disturbing.


Dilbert: great narratives, not so great art.  Consistent style, but not intriguing.  It's good... just not exceptional.
 
2013-07-10 05:00:59 PM

farkinglizardking: scottydoesntknow: Out of the ones still being printed, my favorite is Pearls Before Swine. It's pretty much the only one I'll intentionally look for and read. Others can come and go.

/Foxtrot is ok too
//1 & 2 are right

Stopped reading comics a while ago. Foxtrot was one of my favorites though, along with Garfield.

And yes, 1&2 are correct. I think the Far Side is better, but only because I've seen pretty much every anthology of Gary Larson's work


Swap Garfield for Foxtrot... right on!  Terrific gifts of exaggeration and fantastic narrative!
 
2013-07-10 06:14:52 PM

GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.I've never seen it in any paper.   Thanks for the examples -- now I know Why


Ouch
 
2013-07-10 06:37:08 PM
I thought the best newspaper comic strips were long gone, and I've never been happier to be wrong. Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac has it all--intelligence, gentle humor, a delightful way with words, and, most surprising of all, wonderful, wonderful drawings.

Cul de Sac's whimsical take on the world and playful sense of language somehow gets funnier the more times you read it. Four-year-old Alice and her Blisshaven Preschool classmates will ring true to any parent. Doing projects in a cloud of glue and glitter, the little kids manage to reinterpret an otherwise incomprehensible world via their meandering, nonstop chatter. But I think my favorite character is Alice's older brother, Petey. A haunted, controlling milquetoast, he's surely one of the most neurotic kids to appear in comics. These children and their struggles are presented affectionately, and one of the things I like best about Cul de Sac is its natural warmth. Cul de Sac avoids both mawkishness and cynicism and instead finds genuine charm in its loopy appreciation of small events. Very few strips can hit this subtle note.

I also like the nightmarish suburb that the Otterloop ("outer loop") family inhabits: the identical houses crammed in endless rows, the relentless highway traffic strangling the soulless development, the ugly shopping malls, the oppressive parking garages, and sticky-floored restaurants. Like most of us, the family negotiates this modern awfulness as a simple matter of course; the critique appears only in the drawings, where the strip suddenly works on another level.

And oh, those gorgeous drawings! With a mix of rambling looseness, blotchy crudeness, and sheer cartoony grace, Thompson's expressive pen line is the equal of any of cartooning's Old Masters. Thompson has a very sharp eye and a command of technique we almost never see anymore. He reminds us that comics can be more than illustrated gag writing, and that good drawings can bring a comic strip's world to life in countless ways that words cannot. The artwork in Cul de Sac bowls me over. It's a pleasure to study long after the strips are read.
The first fifty pages of this book are taken from the earlier incarnation of Cul de Sac that appeared in the Washington Post Magazine. Here we discover that Thompson has a natural flair for watercolor painting too. At this point, however, I'm not even surprised.

I hope you enjoy Cul de Sac as much as I do. I think you're in for a real treat.

-Bill Watterson, 2008
www.washingtonpost.com

I piece Watterson did to raise money for Thompson who suffer from Parkinson's Disease.

/for what it is worth
 
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2013-07-11 12:55:15 AM
While I've laughed more at Far Side, I do think that the #1 spot is deserving Calvin and Hobbes.

One of the things that strip did was turn comics into a bigger, better form of art. Comics are, by design, crafted so that they can be split in half or in thirds... look at a normal sunday strip: it's in a 1/3, 1/6, 1/6, 1/3 design. Watterson changed this, and changed it by himself, to allow full use of the space in the most common format. Many papers relented to allow something different in an age-old design. It was only due to the incredible popularity of Calvin & Hobbes that allowed this.

As a result, comics as an entire genre advanced a little bit.

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2013-07-11 03:25:03 AM

Gunny Highway:

GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.

I've never seen it in any paper.

Thanks for the examples -- now I know Why

Ouch


Sorry.  No personal offense intended.  It just looks like the "before" part of an ad for the Famous Cartoonists School.  I was going to go with "Cul De Suck," but I don't HATE it, it just doesn't do anything for me.  But, that's why they call it "personal taste."
 
2013-07-11 06:16:24 AM

... and another near-forgotten ancient masterpiece:

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2013-07-11 07:11:49 AM

GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: Does Cul De Sac not run in anyone's newspaper? I feel like I am farking insane.
I've never seen it in any paper.

Thanks for the examples -- now I know Why

Ouch
Sorry.  No personal offense intended.  It just looks like the "before" part of an ad for the Famous Cartoonists School.  I was going to go with "Cul De Suck," but I don't HATE it, it just doesn't do anything for me.  But, that's why they call it "personal taste."


I was just messing around.  Cant expect everyone to like everything.

GeneralJim: ... and another near-forgotten ancient masterpiece:[img.ffffound.com image 225x273]


What is this?
 
2013-07-11 09:05:09 AM

Gunny Highway:

What is this?

That, my friend, is the incomparable Cheech Wizard, the cartoon messiah, by the incomparable Vaughn (Frederick) Bodé.

img3i.spoki.tvnet.lv
 
2013-07-11 09:21:42 AM

GeneralJim: Gunny Highway: What is this?
That, my friend, is the incomparable Cheech Wizard, the cartoon messiah, by the incomparable Vaughn (Frederick) Bodé.

[img3i.spoki.tvnet.lv image 600x681]


Thanks for sharing.  I needed a new strip to work through!

That tree looks very similar to the ones Calvin and Hobbes spend time in.  Thanks again.
 
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