Thursday, January 31, 2008

Comics of the Day

Worst: Celebrity jokes are rarely funny. At least this time it's a celebrity who's been relevant in the last thirty years.

Runners-up: Beetle Bailey (shouldn't a cartoonist be able to draw better caricatures?), Clost to Home, Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, Frank and Ernest, Garfield, Hagar the Horrible, Rhymes with Orange, Single and Looking

Best:

It's a dumb joke, but I could not help but enjoy the expression on the wacko's face.

Runners-up: Frazz, Get Fuzzy, Lio, Pearls Before Swine, Pooch Cafe, Prickly City, Watch Your Head

Bonus Comics Note:Thirty years ago this would have been a very relevant joke. In the 50's and 60's, housewives were simultaneously put on a pedestal and demeaned. Being a housewife was not considered a real job that added value to the household. At the same time, housewifery was idealized in a way that discouraged women from having any other ambitions. This joke seems oddly out of place today.

2 comments:

Mike Rhode said...

I think Johnston might be taking a few shots at her husband who recently departed for another woman. At least that's the way I was reading them.

Which is no excuse for repeating them now.

Erik said...

Don't forget that Johnston was running repeats of her old strips from the beginning of For Better or For Worse, meaning that in the era of these strips, it could be relevant.

That still doesn't make it funny though.