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Why aren't the comics funny anymore?(18 posts)

Why aren't the comics funny anymore?mohair_chair
Nov 25, 2003 12:07 PM
I read the paper every day and I always finish on the comics page. It's amazing how unfunny and outright stupid the comics are these days. None of them are really funny, except Rhymes with Orange more often than not, and sometimes Dilbert.

Was it that long ago that we had The Far Side and Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes all at the same time. Those were almost always laugh out loud funny. A new strip Opus is coming, from Bloom County. That gives me hope.

Is it just me? Nowadays we have the dumbest selection of comics ever. The king of all stupid strips is called "The Big Picture," which as far as I can tell, has never come close to being funny or even interesting, and is really just one man's ego trip and stream of (not too bright) conciousness. I read it because I'm amazed that no editor seems to, because by all rights, it's shouldn't be published.

Am I in the wrong business? How hard could it be?

Here's today's "The Big Picture." Don't laugh too hard or you'll wet your pants:

Were they ever funny?RoyGBiv
Nov 25, 2003 12:31 PM
Amusing, maybe. But I don't recall ever belly laughing over the comics. Maybe a wry smile sometimes.
Saturday cartoons too. Like hemlines and goatees,maybe there's128
Nov 25, 2003 12:39 PM
a correlation with something.

If we plot cartoons on a graph by year maybe we can figure it out (GOP White House?). But damn you're onto something here. I used to read all the comics. Since Calvin and Hobbes left I just don't look at the comics any longer.

NOTICE: The goatee 'thing' is officially over.
clearly you haven't caught any Spongebob Squarepants n.m.shawndoggy
Nov 25, 2003 1:33 PM
He lives in a pinapple under the sea! True, I have not watched128
Nov 26, 2003 6:34 AM
it but once.

The last cartoons I liked were Danger Mouse (British mouse, lived in a post box, drove a cool, tiny car) and The Tick-parody grande.

I have the new Looney Tunes dvd on my Christmas list though!! Then I can drag my nephews out of bed at 6, grab the Capt'n Crunch, and hunker down. I'm reminded of the cereal in Calvin and Hobbes: Sugar Frosted Chocolate Bombs.

"After a few bowls of these I get pretty loopy"

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~jmbastia/Calvin/
No kids?mickey-mac
Nov 26, 2003 6:57 AM
Actually, many new cartoons are as good as or better than the 'toons on TV when I was a kid. In addition to Spongebob, Dexter's Laboratory, the Powerpuff Girls, the Fairly Oddparents, and a few others beat the pants off crap like Hong Kong Fooey that was on when I was glued to the TV on Saturday mornings.
Just my inner-child ,and my dog still likes Arthur and Clifford128
Nov 26, 2003 7:27 AM
I'll have to check out these recommendations. I'm pretty much a Merry Melodies/Loony Tunes devotee although Fractured Fairy tales is right up there too. Old school.
Just my inner-child ,and my dog still likes Arthur and Cliffordmickey-mac
Nov 26, 2003 10:34 AM
Don't get me wrong; I love some of the old stuff too. I'm a Rocky and Bullwinkle junky. Until recently, Cartoon Network was running the really old Popeye cartoons on Sunday evenings. My six and three year olds would wait anxiously for Sunday night "Pie-Pie" and we'd all laugh our asses off sitting on the floor with a bucket of popcorn. Kids get the classics.
Cool. I just right this smorning signed up for cable128
Nov 26, 2003 11:08 AM
I'll upgrade to the full service soon and catch up on some late night viewing. BUt for now Hockey a la Radio Canada!

Good to see the kids laughing at the old stuff.

Couple weeks ago NPR had on the people who did voices on Rocky and it was a scream. She did say btw that Boris and Natasha were intentionally eastern European accented not Russian.

Does Beavis and Butthead still play anywhere? that on college afternoons was really quite right. 'Fya know what I mean.
Cool. I just right this smorning signed up for cablemickey-mac
Nov 26, 2003 11:16 AM
I heard the interview with the women who did voices on Rocky and Fractured Fairy Tales. It was really good stuff.

As far as I know, Bevis and Butthead isn't playing on TV anywhere, but all the episodes are available on DVD. I still turn into Cornholio every now and then after too much coffee. ARE YOU THREATENING ME?
It's not just you...The Walrus
Nov 25, 2003 1:07 PM
...Pravda (aka the L.A. Times) has been overrun with comic strips of breathtaking witlessness and artistic ineptitude. I, too, treat the "funnies" as a sort of dessert when I read the paper, and it's gotten really disappointing. About the only consistently entertaining strips left are "Frazz", "Zits" and "Bizarro". Thank gawd I've got most of the "Calvin and Hobbes" books, to remind myself of what brilliance comics could achieve. I can still lapse into fits of debilitating laughter just remembering some of my favorites.

The Times should relocate its comics editor to Baghdad...
Because you're old now :-) (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 25, 2003 1:35 PM
Have you seen B.C. lately? (nm)53T
Nov 25, 2003 1:58 PM
all BC does anymore is proselytize (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 25, 2003 2:17 PM
Dilbert is OK... (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 25, 2003 2:18 PM
"I bet she thinks Ziggy 's gotten too preachy too"Tri_Rich
Nov 26, 2003 5:59 AM
-Homer Simpson
Foxtrot and Zits are probably the two best. nmrufus
Nov 26, 2003 9:32 AM
I feel your pain and I have answers....eyebob
Nov 26, 2003 9:48 AM
I too read the comics every day and you're right, it's not nearly the as good as the good ol days when Bloom County, Calvin n Hobbes, and Doonesbury were fresh, vibrant and irreverent. These days Dilbert is still good/great and Get Fuzzy is pretty funny (esp. because of the Boston setting). I subscribe to a monthly rag called the Funny Times (www.funnytimes.com) which is a left leaning political newspaper with both comics and humor editorials. I also read Red Meat and Tom Tomorrow online along with Too Much Coffee Man. So there's stuff out there if you look. IMHO.

The late night cartoons on cartoon network are pretty funny too. If you get that channel, Sunday at 11:30 -1:00 you get The Brak Show, Space Ghost, Aqua Teens, SeaLab all of which are takeoffs on old 60's and 70's cartoons with whacko plots. Periodically this channel will run a cartoon (also in the same time slot) called Birdman which is ROTFLMAO funny, just not a lot of episodes available. If all else fails, spongebob is on every night for a few hours and like reading Twain, can be viewed on different levels depending on whether you're a kid or an adult.

BT

PS Wasn't the new Spike TV supposed to bring back Ren and STimpy? I have not seen that yet.