Thursday, January 24, 2008

Comics of the Day

Worst: Rhymes with Orange is in serious competition for the worst strip in the Post. Along with Mother Goose and Grimm, this strip almost never has a day where it rises to the level of mediocre. It should be replace by any other strip, and the section would be improved.

Runners-up: Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Close to Home, Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, Garfield, Hagar the Horrible, Mother Goose and Grimm, Mutts, Non Sequiter, Red and Rover, Sherman's Lagoon

Best: Viva la cheese.

Runners-up: Get Fuzzy, Lio, Pearls Before Swine, Pooch Cafe

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Comics of the Day

Worst: I'm still not sure I get this joke. I assume it has something to do with people finding cockroaches repulsive. I also think the dialogue is kind of sexist.

Runners-up: Baldo, Blondie, Brevity (once again, substituting random for clever), Family Circus, Garfield, Hagar the Horrible, Rhymes with Orange

Runners-up: Agnes, Pickles

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Comics of the Day

Worst: Mother Goose and Grimm has resurrected a bad joke from several weeks ago. It hasn't gotten better with age. My understanding of Leona Helmsley was that she was a rich New York socialite, perhaps the Paris Hilton of her day. I could be wrong, and I had to look it up on Wikipedia when this joke first appeared in MG&G. It doesn't help your joke when it's based on twenty year old cultural references. This strip is also based on a cliche that's almost as old as Leona Helmsley and has been better executed many other places. I'm starting to get amazed that a comics editor would run a strip this irrelevant and unclever.

Runners-up: Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, For Better or For Worse, Garfield, Hagar the Horrible, Mutts, Red and Rover, Rhymes with Orange, Speed Bump


Cheese is a wonderful gift from God, it's in Job somewhere I think. In addition to being a paean to cheese and to Agnes' wonderful lack of a clue, Tony Cochran makes an interesting point in this series. I have absolutely no idea what the steps are between milking the cow and eating the cheese.

Runners-up: Frank and Ernest, Frazz, Get Fuzzy, Lio, Pearls Before Swine, Pickles, Pooch Cafe, Watch Your Head, Zits

Monday, January 21, 2008

Comics of the Day

Worst:Bad pun that was difficult to figure out.

Runners-up: Beetle Bailey (when did this strip become oddly surreal? Sometimes it works, today I think it doesn't.), Brevity, Dilbert (unoriginal material), Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, Mother Goose and Grimm, Non Sequiter, Speed Bump


I love the fact that Trout is sprinting to share this crucial information.

Runners-up: Frazz, Get Fuzzy, Lio, Pearls Before Swine, Pooch Cafe, Zits

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Comics of the Day

Worst: Dilbert used to have plots. If you read the old collections, there were story lines that ran for days at a time. The characters had personalities. Now all Dilbert is is a series of jokes about how bad corporate jobs are, and a group of characters who exist only to enable those jokes.

Runners-up: Baldo, Blondie, Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!, Family Circus, Foxtrot, Hagar the Horrible, Prickly City


As a contrast, Get Fuzzy shows the strengths of the early Dilbert. It has interesting plots that run for days or even weeks at a time. Get Fuzzy also has the most interesting characters on the comics page. Get Fuzzy also benefits from great art, which is undeniably not a strength of Scott Adams.

Runners-up: Baby Blues, Big Nate, Doonesbury, Opus, Pearls Before Swine, Pickles, Single and Looking

Comics of the Day

Worst: What really bothered me about this one was the last panel. Curtis delivers a punch line based on the complete dysfunctionality of his family and Chutney apparently finds this indescribably hilarious.

Runners-up: Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Close to Home, Family Circus, Garfield, Pearls Before Swine

Best: The word incent adds a lot to this strip. It works on the level of social commentary too, since we live in a world where executives need eight figure salaries to stay motivated.

Runners-up: Agnes, Baby Blues, Doonesbury, Frank and Ernest, Hagar the Horrible, Pooch Cafe, Watch Your Head