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(Washington Post)   Garry Trudeau leaves "Doonesbury" again, maybe for good. "I can't assume I'll be welcomed back a year or two from now"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 62
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2014-03-02 07:12:46 PM
And not a flying Fark was given that day .
 
2014-03-02 07:17:59 PM
Is it going to be funny now?
 
2014-03-02 07:18:45 PM
As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.
 
2014-03-02 07:19:21 PM
I just heard something.

The sound of the Boomers finally getting off the pot.
 
2014-03-02 07:25:29 PM
I didn't start reading the newspaper until after he came back from his first hiatus.  I didn't get the love for Doonesbury until I stumbled across a bunch of 1970s-era paperback collections of his work at my uncle's house.  Then I finally understood: during the Nixon era, Trudeau was completely on top of things.

However, like so many political commentators from that era (HST RIP) he suffered from complete satire fatigue when faced with George W Bush.

He probably should have retired a decade ago, but I understand that Jane Pauley doesn't like him hanging around the house with nothing to do.
 
2014-03-02 07:30:11 PM
"comics pages will run 'classic' early strips"

doonesbury.slate.com

Some dottering old fool with see the classic strips with "Phred" in them and start to believe that Obama invaded Vietnam.
 
2014-03-02 07:31:47 PM
PS: I wonder if the papers will run THIS classic strip finally?

www.washingtonpost.com
 
2014-03-02 07:38:07 PM
If you want to understand Watergate, just read 70s era Doonesbury.

/that's guilty! Guilty, guilty, guilty!
 
2014-03-02 07:38:54 PM
I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...
 
2014-03-02 07:40:31 PM

yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.


He's no Opus T. Penguin
 
2014-03-02 07:43:20 PM
Trudeau lost it years ago. He won't be missed by liberals or cons or rinos.

/paychecks might be missed by Jane P.
 
2014-03-02 07:45:47 PM

jim32rr: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

He's no Opus T. Penguin


He's no Miss Peach, either.
 
2014-03-02 07:47:55 PM

a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...


Nope. I agree with his politics but he just isn't funny. Same with Bill Maher and the Daily Show guy whose name I can't be bothered to remember.
 
2014-03-02 07:54:43 PM

duckpoopy: a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...

Nope. I agree with his politics but he just isn't funny. Same with Bill Maher and the Daily Show guy whose name I can't be bothered to remember.


Doonesbury isn't always intended to be funny.

/hopes they repeat lotsa good stuff from the Reagan era
//and Mr. Butts
 
2014-03-02 08:16:22 PM

a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...


Never really cared for or against it since I never found it funny, but I always thought it belonged on the OpEd page, not the comics page since it was more political than anything else.

My only problem with this planned repeating is that the local paper might start running the repeats - the recycled Peanuts and re-written FBFW is bad enough. Dead/non-production strips should be removed to give new ones a chance.

/no YOU get of MY lawn you doddering old fart Peanuts lovers. They're ALL in books now!
 
2014-03-02 08:21:00 PM

a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...


You know, I haven't been reading it recently.

I remember he used to depict Dubya as either a floating, empty ten gallon hat (or on a few occasions, a ragged Centurion helmet or ermine and bejeweled crown, floating and empty in ALL cases) or a short-fuzed smoldering cartoon bomb.

How does he depict Obama?

Oh, as an actual human being that some people might be happy won?  Like this?  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/comic-riffs/2008/11/doonesbury_defea t s_truman_edit.html

That's why.

Or maybe it was this...  http://www.newser.com/story/141497/some-newspapers-pulling-doonesbury - abortion-strip.html

Or maybe it's how he lambastes the Congressional Republicans on a regular basis.

Know what's more their speed?  An anthropomorphic duck who hasn't gotten any in over a decade.  Just so long as he got his job by being a duck (but is against affirmative action and political correctness), but never acts like a duck.  Oh and he must be blah.  (even though he should be greh)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard_Fillmore
 
2014-03-02 08:22:38 PM
I enjoyed Doonesbury once I read the early collections and learned the characters. There's a lot of cool stuff once you know who everyone is. It's as much a soap opera strip as it is political satire.

Haven't read it in years though. Guess I didn't like it that much.
 
2014-03-02 08:25:52 PM
oh wait, just looked it up.  The short fuzed bomb was Newt Gingrich.
 
2014-03-02 08:42:35 PM

yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.


Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.
 
2014-03-02 08:52:21 PM
That hack has been used up for decades.
 
2014-03-02 09:03:07 PM
*on edge of seat for return of "Apartment 3-G" (!)*
 
2014-03-02 09:07:36 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.


Best strips by decade:

1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Krazy Kat
1930s: Li'l Abner/Dick Tracy
1940s: Terry and the Pirates
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Doonesbury
1980s: The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: Dilbert/Calvin and Hobbes
2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd

/flame on
 
2014-03-02 09:26:06 PM

Autistic Hiker: Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.

Best strips by decade:

1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Krazy Kat
1930s: Li'l Abner/Dick Tracy
1940s: Terry and the Pirates
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Doonesbury
1980s: The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: Dilbert/Calvin and Hobbes
2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd

/flame on


I get where you're going with this in terms of like... Dilbert encapsulating the 90's as a decade? But I give Bloom County the 80's and and Calvin and Hobbes the 90's to keep your list not cheating.
 
2014-03-02 09:29:45 PM

RottenEggs: And not a flying Fark was given that day .


1-media-cdn.foolz.us

\douche
 
2014-03-02 09:36:42 PM

evilmrsock: Autistic Hiker: Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.

Best strips by decade:

1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Krazy Kat
1930s: Li'l Abner/Dick Tracy
1940s: Terry and the Pirates
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Doonesbury
1980s: The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: Dilbert/Calvin and Hobbes
2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd

/flame on

I get where you're going with this in terms of like... Dilbert encapsulating the 90's as a decade? But I give Bloom County the 80's and and Calvin and Hobbes the 90's to keep your list not cheating.


It's more like, who was doing the medium-defining work while also capturing the Zeitgeist. Bloom County certainly did the latter in the 1980s but was too uneven and too derivative of Doonesbury, Pogo, etc. to be called "greatest" IMO.
 
2014-03-02 09:48:05 PM

Autistic Hiker: Bloom County certainly did the latter in the 1980s but was too uneven and too derivative of Doonesbury, Pogo, etc. to be called "greatest" IMO.


YMMV, but I've always thought Bloom County panderedto its audience. I found it creepy.
 
2014-03-02 09:51:55 PM

Autistic Hiker: Bloom County certainly did the latter in the 1980s but was too uneven and too derivative of Doonesbury, Pogo, etc. to be called "greatest" IMO.


Trudeau always hated Bloom County because he considered it a direct ripoff.
 
2014-03-02 10:04:15 PM
Maybe he can do another season of Alpha House, now.
 
2014-03-02 10:07:45 PM

yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.


This is one of the funniest comments Ive read here in ages!

Thanks for the laughs!
 
2014-03-02 10:10:05 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.


The SECOND funniest thing I've read here!
 
2014-03-02 10:10:38 PM
The first time I saw the word "blog" it was in a Doonsbury cartoon.
 
2014-03-02 10:18:55 PM

duckpoopy: a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...

Nope. I agree with his politics but he just isn't funny. Same with Bill Maher and the Daily Show guy whose name I can't be bothered to remember.


I meant people who get angry when Doonesbury is mentioned. I understand that a lot of people think it's not funny. Some people take it as a personal affront, and aren't aware how much he skewered Clinton and still holds Obama's feet to the fire. In conservative land, any criticism, no matter how well deserved makes one The Enemy.
 
2014-03-02 10:41:49 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.


A high bar indeed. Like Bullwinkle (and the rest of J Ward's planet), it works at multiple levels.
 
2014-03-02 10:53:36 PM
Garry Trudeau to take extended holiday at Walden Puddle.
 
2014-03-02 11:24:44 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.


How old are you?
 
2014-03-02 11:37:41 PM

Autistic Hiker: Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.

Best strips by decade:

1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Krazy Kat
1930s: Li'l Abner/Dick Tracy
1940s: Terry and the Pirates
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Doonesbury
1980s: The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: Dilbert/Calvin and Hobbes
2000s: Achewood
2010s: xkcd

/flame on

 
2014-03-02 11:42:06 PM

Confabulat: Autistic Hiker: Bloom County certainly did the latter in the 1980s but was too uneven and too derivative of Doonesbury, Pogo, etc. to be called "greatest" IMO.

Trudeau always hated Bloom County because he considered it a direct ripoff.


In order to be a direct ripoff, Bloom County would have never been funny.

Some of the 70's Doonesbury was hilarious.  Most of the rest, not so much.

/Billy and The Boingers FTW
 
2014-03-02 11:46:22 PM
I don't have Amazon Prime, but the first three episodes of Alpha House were farking fantastic.
 
2014-03-03 12:00:35 AM

a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...


I'm the libbiest lib that ever libbed, and I think Doonesbury is unfunny, preachy bullshiat. It may have been funny at one time, but that was a LONG time ago. Now it's just a left-wing Mallard Fillmore.
 
2014-03-03 12:16:21 AM

El Freak: a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...

I'm the libbiest lib that ever libbed, and I think Doonesbury is unfunny, preachy bullshiat. It may have been funny at one time, but that was a LONG time ago. Now it's just a left-wing Mallard Fillmore.


Oh, Cod, no. Mallard Fillmore is a duck with two right wings. Doonesbury sticks it to liberals as well as conservatives. Trudeau has gone out of his way to make the cause of wounded veterans as non-partisan as possible. Mallard Fillmore is unrelentingly right-wing, mean-spirited, and devoid of nuance. No objective analysis of the two would ever equate the two.
 
2014-03-03 12:19:11 AM
Watched a youtube of an early DB TV special, and it freaked me out a little because the voices weren't at all how I pictured them in my imagination.

Doonesbury has a remarkable range covering humor, drama, pathos...  for all the absurdity it provides, it also carries a lot of very human moments.

I look forward to more "Alpha House" but hope Gary resumes the daily strip eventually.
 
2014-03-03 12:27:40 AM
So, he's about 65... 93 year old Al Jaffee frowns on your slacking.
 
2014-03-03 01:26:17 AM

Ishidan: a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...

You know, I haven't been reading it recently.

I remember he used to depict Dubya as either a floating, empty ten gallon hat (or on a few occasions, a ragged Centurion helmet or ermine and bejeweled crown, floating and empty in ALL cases) or a short-fuzed smoldering cartoon bomb.

How does he depict Obama?

Oh, as an actual human being that some people might be happy won?  Like this?  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/comic-riffs/2008/11/doonesbury_defea t s_truman_edit.html

That's why.



He also depicted Clinton as a lecherous floating waffle.

As to your other points: one of the key characters is a Nixon-supporting Republican, Vietnam Vet, ex-cop and military reservist. And one of the most beloved characters was a Republican Congresswoman. And the title character was a Reaganite in the 80s, before becoming a dot-com entrepreneur buying failed business assets cheap. And all of them portrayed sympathetically.
 
2014-03-03 02:46:53 AM

Autistic Hiker: Best strips by decade:

1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Krazy Kat
1930s: Li'l Abner/Dick Tracy
1940s: Terry and the Pirates
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Doonesbury
1980s: The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: Dilbert/Calvin and Hobbes
2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd


I value your perspective and wish to subscribe to your blog.
 
2014-03-03 02:53:40 AM
Autistic Hiker:
1890s: Katzenjammer Kids
1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Gasoline Alley
1930s: Dick Tracy
1940s: Joe Palooka (I have no frigging clue; that was a weird decade)

1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Shoe
1980s: Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: FoxTrot

2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd


Had to toss Katzenjammer in there as basically the default for the decade.

I also made two side rules: one comic to a decade, and one decade to a comic.
 
2014-03-03 02:56:36 AM
Shoe?!
 
2014-03-03 03:04:55 AM

Gosling: Autistic Hiker:
1890s: Katzenjammer Kids
1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Gasoline Alley
1930s: Dick Tracy
1940s: Joe Palooka (I have no frigging clue; that was a weird decade)
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Shoe
1980s: Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: FoxTrot
2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd

Had to toss Katzenjammer in there as basically the default for the decade.

I also made two side rules: one comic to a decade, and one decade to a comic.


1890s: Hogan's Alley (The Yellow Kid)

I agree with Gasoline Alley for the 1920s. Check out some of the Sunday panels from the late '20s/early '30s...Winsor McCay's (Little Nemo) influence is quite apparent. Prince Valiant should be included with other 1940s strips.
 
2014-03-03 03:47:17 AM
And not a single fark was given that day.

/somebody convince Gary Larson to start making the Far Side on a daily basis again.
 
2014-03-03 04:10:28 AM
Speaking of old comics... the "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" strips from the 1930's would NEVER make it in a newspaper today!

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-03 07:50:29 AM
The local fishwrapper runs Doonesbury next to that trite, weak right-wing duck cartoon. I'm convinced that was done intentionally, to show the sheer difference in quality between the two.
 
2014-03-03 08:43:59 AM

Autistic Hiker: Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.

Best strips by decade:

1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Krazy Kat
1930s: Li'l Abner/Dick Tracy
1940s: Terry and the Pirates
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Doonesbury
1980s: The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: Dilbert/Calvin and Hobbes
2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd

/flame on


Penny Arcade and xkcd? Too narrow of scope.
 
2014-03-03 09:01:34 AM

K3rmy: Confabulat: Trudeau always hated Bloom County because he considered it a direct ripoff.

In order to be a direct ripoff, Bloom County would have never been funny.


In Bloom County's first year or two, it was unabashedly a Doonesbury clone ... which was a big reason that it was selected for use as a "substitute" strip for Doonesbury's slot in the newspapers, during Trudeau's first extended hiatus (long before "re-runs" were even considered a possibility for newspaper comics).  Breathed would even occasionally lift old Doonesbury running gags, whole cloth:

kidzcomic.com

In the very earliest days, many of the main Bloom County cast of characters lived together in a boarding house -- prompting a gag in which Milo noted blatant similarites between the situation in his strip and Trudeau's:

yafh.com

Soon after Trudeau's return, Bloom County quickly blossomed into its own thing -- and Doonesbury, too, grew into a different strip than it had been, in the 1970s ... though still quite enjoyable.  As someone else said, above: once you get to know the cast of characters, Doonesbury can be appreciated on a separate level, apart from the politics-of-the-day.

---------------------

I've enjoyed Doonesbury throughout my life -- even though it seems to offer "re-runs" these days, as often as not.

The latest storylines -- which (among many other threads) sees Mike's daughter starting-up her own family and career, and Zonker setting himself and his nephew up as legitimate professional "growers" in Colorado -- seem to have most of the cast positioned for a happy ending ... if it comes to that.

That said, Foxtrot continues to be just as entertaining in "Sunday-only" form as it had been during its two decades as a daily feature ... so, I don't doubt Doonesbury can continue in the same vein.  ^_^
 
2014-03-03 09:08:06 AM
The strip has just seemed tired and shopworn to me for some time now.  Time to let it go and move on.
 
2014-03-03 09:37:58 AM

twiztedjustin: Is it going to be funny now?


Was it funny before? Or am I just tired of the endless wanking over a funhouse mirror that is boomer self-regard?

Yeah, I said "over". Gravity is a crueller mistress than time, Gare.
 
2014-03-03 09:46:38 AM

Gosling: Autistic Hiker:
1890s: Katzenjammer Kids
1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Gasoline Alley
1930s: Dick Tracy
1940s: Joe Palooka (I have no frigging clue; that was a weird decade)
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Shoe
1980s: Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: FoxTrot
2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd

Had to toss Katzenjammer in there as basically the default for the decade.

I also made two side rules: one comic to a decade, and one decade to a comic.


Where's Thimble Theater?
 
2014-03-03 09:53:12 AM

darkjezter: /somebody convince Gary Larson to start making the Far Side on a daily basis again.


Creative wells run dry. When Larson came back from his first sabbatical, the spark had gone, and the work was zany rather than comic. (The only zanies to ever be funny were the Mechanicals in Midsummer Night's Dream.) Larson had a great run. His fans shouldn't be greedy.
 
2014-03-03 10:20:59 AM

arasmin: My only problem with this planned repeating is that the local paper might start running the repeats - the recycled Peanuts and re-written FBFW is bad enough. Dead/non-production strips should be removed to give new ones a chance.

/no YOU get of MY lawn you doddering old fart Peanuts lovers. They're ALL in books now!


That has more to do with comic strip syndicate greed, than with reader demand.

Though I don't doubt there would be some wailing & gnashing-of-teeth from some readers, if a pure "re-run" strip like Peanuts or Cathy were to be dropped -- the fact remains that the longer a comic strip feature remains in syndication, the higher the rates its syndicate can charge for them.

This is also the reason legacy comic strips are continually handed-off to a new creative team, rather than just allowing those creators come up with a new comic strip of their own; there's a far greater (and guaranteed) profit to be had in keeping a 50+-year-old strip going, than in circulating a brand-new strip which necessarily would bring in lower rates for the decade-or-so it might take to build enough of a loyal readership to "earn its keep" (in the syndicate's eyes).

The decline in the number of newspapers has only made it tougher for new titles to even get a shot at appearing in the actual physical funny pages.  Heavenly Nostrils -- itself among the best new syndicated comic strip features introduced during the past year or so -- appears "online-only," despite being every bit as fun and charming as many other "Universal Press Syndicate" strips which have run in newspapers for decades.
 
2014-03-03 10:24:46 AM

Ishidan: Know what's more their speed?  An anthropomorphic duck who hasn't gotten any in over a decade.



Or a rage-addled Breitard who covers up his lack of drawing skills by re-using the same Illustrator cutouts

www.daybydaycartoon.com

Dude has some issues
 
2014-03-03 10:46:42 AM
gwowen:
He also depicted Clinton as a lecherous floating waffle.

As to your other points: one of the key characters is a Nixon-supporting Republican, Vietnam Vet, ex-cop and military reservist. And one of the most beloved characters was a Republican Congresswoman. And the title character was a Reaganite in the 80s, before becoming a dot-com entrepreneur buying failed business assets cheap. And all of them portrayed sympathetically.


Sorry, "Fair and Balanced" is a trademark of Fox News.  Therefore, this cannot be fair and balanced. And he does not spend enough time lampooning librulz.

/selective perception, I'm sure you know.  Same thing that leads to sentences like "I was on food stamps and unemployment, and nobody helped ME out!"
 
2014-03-03 12:42:37 PM

noazark: The decline in the number of newspapers has only made it tougher for new titles to even get a shot at appearing in the actual physical funny pages. Heavenly Nostrils -- itself among the best new syndicated comic strip features introduced during the past year or so -- appears "online-only," despite being every bit as fun and charming as many other "Universal Press Syndicate" strips which have run in newspapers for decades.


YES. Heavenly Nostrils is amazing.
 
2014-03-03 12:47:47 PM
The  best cartoon since Calvin and Hobbes has already gone the way of all flesh: the cartoonist, Richard Thompson, became too ill to continue. Of course I mean "Cul de Sac."  The Otterloop family was wonderful. Thompson had his own voice.

http://www.gocomics.com/culdesac#mutable_1126093
 
2014-03-03 08:45:24 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Autistic Hiker: Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.

Best strips by decade:

1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Krazy Kat
1930s: Li'l Abner/Dick Tracy
1940s: Terry and the Pirates
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Doonesbury
1980s: The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: Dilbert/Calvin and Hobbes
2000s: Penny Arcade
2010s: xkcd

/flame on

Penny Arcade and xkcd? Too narrow of scope.


I'm not married to xkcd, but if anyone did better comic-stripping than PA over the last decade, or did more to realize the promise of the Internet as a comic-strip medium, I'd like to know their names.
 
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