Ok, seems we have a little consensus here that whether or not bloggers are thin-skinned, Doonesbury isn’t particularly funny or sharply observed any longer and hasn’t been for a while. I can go along with that.
So what do you all read on the standard newspaper funny pages (not webcomics)? Can I confess to actually liking Edge City? (Which, coincidentally, is doing a set of strips on blogging at the moment.) It’s about the only “daily life” strip that seems even vaguely contemporary and non-generic, and at times, it’s actually pretty amusing.
I also read The Boondocks, though it takes itself way too seriously at times and is struggling to say anything new.
I have a guilty taste for Funky Winkerbean (though holy shit, man, it’s a bit depressing at times: it would be nice if the strip could go for a week without referencing alcoholism, cancer or post-traumatic stress syndrome). Also I kind of like the schmaltz of For Better or Worse at times.
Really guilty secret: I actually read Rex Morgan M.D. You get sucked into these things and then you can’t help your eyes from wandering to those little boxes just to see what’s happening. How many people think Buck Foxworth’s box that he hid in Rex and June’s house actually has drugs in it? But then I thought he was going to be a deranged grifter who was going to attack June when he was first introduced…
The Philly Inquirer doesn’t carry The Phantom but I’d read that if it did, simply because it’s one of the weirdest strips of all time. Combine Tarzan plus leotards the color of grapes running around in the jungle. That’s only the beginning of the weirdness. It would make a good candidate for a sort of “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” treatment if King Features ever wanted to try and revitalize the strip in some fashion.