Friday, January 11, 2008
Runners-up: Brevity (What does the Energizer Bunny have to do with the Rolling Stones?), Dilbert (Dilbert used to be clever, now it always follows the same set-up: statement, counter-statement, insult), Hagar the Horrible, Mother Goose and Grimm (how many times can you punish a strip for using the same dumb joke? As many times as they use it.), Mutts, Red and Rover, Rhymes with Orange
Best: Lots to love in this one. Poncho's end around attack in panel one. Chazz's misguided decision to take his dog's side instead of his wife's. Carmen's irrational response. His appeal to Poncho for help, and Poncho's completely backwards way of going about it. I enjoyed pretty much everything about this strip. Definitely one of the best to come along in a while.
Runners-up: Agnes, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Doonesbury, For Better or For Worse (FBOFW is usually very platitudinous, but sometimes it reaches the level of profound), Get Fuzzy (would of won many days, but Paul Gilligan hit a home run), Pearls Before Swine
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Runners-up: Blondie, Curtis, Mother Goose and Grimm (still perfect!), Red and Rover, Speed Bump
Conversely, is Pooch Cafe the best strip in the paper? I would have guessed Get Fuzzy. Get Fuzzy is one of those strips that could get hot and win five bests in a week. Still, Pooch Cafe is a surprise front-runner so far.
Runners-up: Watch Your Head, On the Fastrack, Lio, Frazz,
Runners-up: Tank McNamara, Red and Rover, Non-Sequiter, Mother Goose and Grimm, Hagar the Horrible, Baldo
Best: I loved the joke in the last panel. When it comes to story telling, Cory Thomas is one of the best in the business.
Runners-up: Doonesbury, Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Runners-up: Dilbert (the third panel is a waste of space), Mutts, Hagar the Horrible, Family Circus, Sally Forth (the high was 70 degrees today), Close to Home, Zits, For Better or For Worse, Piranha Club, Candorville, Tank McNamara, Rhymes with Orange
Runners-up: Pearls Before Swine, Watch Your Head, Frazz, Pickles, Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!
Runners-up: Frank and Ernest, Garfield, Family Circus, Rhymes with Orange, The Piranha Club, Zits
Runners-up: Watch Your Head, Candorville, Sherman's Lagoon, Beetle Bailey, Lio, Mutts, Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!, Blondie
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Runners-up: Rhymes with Orange, Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!, Speed Bump, Blondie, Tank McNamara, Beetle Bailey, Zits, Prickly City
Strips like this one demonstrate much of the genius of Get Fuzzy. The joke grows out the characters' personalities. You get some funny wordplay and nice art. It makes you chuckle because it's funny, and smile because you're rooting for Satchel.
Runners-up: Cul de Sac, Dennis the Menace, Sherman's Lagoon
Metanote: I'm going out of town this weekend, I'll probably catch up Tuesday.
Runners-up: Red and Rover, Family Circus (again the dialogue is awkward, a real five year old would not throw in the line about beating dad, he would just ask mom to play), Tank McNamara
And here we have an example of good dialogue. Tony Cochran sets up the joke well. The punchline is subtly implied in the last panel. And the dialogue, while certainly unusual, is believable.
Runners-up: Doonesbury, Watch Your Head, Baby Blues, Lio, Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!
Metanote: I had a debate with myself while I was preparing this post. I thought Family Circus was the funniest comic in the paper today. But it was funny in a schadenfreude kind of way, because Billy is going to be scared because his dad won't play with him. In the end, I decided this does not count. The strip is funny only because it is bad, and that does not reflect well on Bil Keane.