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VersesBatman
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Part of the reason why I get excited when a new geeky movie comes out, is that I know Jason and Marcus will dress up for it on opening night.

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Yeah, I liked Jason too. I know Bill was a fan of Calvin and Hobbes as well.

One of my favorites was when Jason was in Sunday school and they were talking about god and the force or some such and Jason then quips, "So god should sue George Lucas for stealing his idea"
Get Fuzzy's enjoyable and Frazz is cute as well, but my all time favorites will be The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes

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quote:
Originally posted by VersesBatman:
Whatever happened to Peter's blind girlfriend? I thought she was cool.

That's what I want to know. Denise is one of the coolest characters in the strip.

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Put me with the others who think Foxtrot has gotten kinda stale.

If I want to read about teenage shenanigans I always check out Zits.

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VersesBatman
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Zits is a good comic.

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Goodbye Jason Fox, we hardly knew ye. [Frown] I've been reading Foxtrot for as long as I can remember, I'm sad to see it go.

Not to long ago I would have agreed with everyone about Garfield. The strip went through a dry spell that lasted about 15 years, but IMHO the strip has really rebounded in the last couple months and is somewhat back in form.

Living overseas, I have to get my comics fix online. This is good because I've discovered some very funny strips that the Houston Chronical never carried. Some of my new favorites are Watch Your Head, Big Top, Pooch Cafe, and Bad Reporter. This also how I discovered Liberty Meadows, which I now own the complete collection of.

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I liked Zits, and still do somewhat. The only problem with it is that I started readin it when I was fifteen, so it seemed like it was right on target. The more I read, the more I wish that they'd grow up so I can relate to them again.
I'll miss Foxtrot. I always liked Roger. Bumbling, but honest and loving of his family. And of course Jason, probably the real reason why Mr. Amend wrote the strip in the first place.
This conversation is making me miss Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes even more now. As well as the good Garfield (my parents had the first books)
One strip that impresses me is Blondie (Dagwood) It's over 75 years old now, but I still open the paper and find myself laughing.
I would give my tips for a month to see the "Born Loser" finally snap and start snapping necks.
Years and years, back in the first issues of MAD when it was a comic book, the artists did a parody of Bringing up Father that was side-splittingly funny. On the left side they drew the strip as normal, and a different artist drew the right pages in full dramatic form. When Maggie threw the dishes, there were the broken glasses all over the place, with Jiggs broken and bleeding. The dog, normally drawn as a stick figure, was this emaciated old mutt that starved to death on the first page. Oh, I think that was one of the funniest things MAD has ever done.

This has been another random post by Muncle

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I second or third, or whatever, the regrettable disappearance of Calvin and Hobbes. Even at 21, I still act so much like Calvin that it isn't even funny. (In fact, just this night I got a package in a huge box and set out to make a transmogifier).

Foxtrot was good when it was on form, but it was also sometimes miss. However, I wish it would stay as a daily because I enjoy reading it so much.

For those who are going through withdraw, I recommend Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine as well. They are both hilarious strips, especially when one falls it daily and gets to see the reasoning behind the slightly wierder strips.

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mrs.hi-c clown fishies
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I pointed out several of the Foxtrot comics to DH that struck me as having similarities...All the star wars references, LOTR, and most recently the Wii. I loathe the Family Circus, and most definitely agree that it needs to go.

Sigh...that only leaves For Better or For Worse in our newspaper as being readable. I've always been able to relate to the middle daughter, Elizabeth. In fact, her cat made it's first appearance in the strip about two days after we got our own kitty.

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The two comic strip groups I frequent were also lamenting the loss of the daily Foxtrot.

To fiil the gap, I'll second some of those already mentioned: Get Fuzzy, PBS, Frazz, Tom the Dancing Bug, Zits, and Watch your Head. I also recommend Ink Pen, a comic strip about comic strip characters (if that makes any sense), Lio, a surrealist strip with no dialog, and if you like "family strips," there's Arlo and Janis and Preteena. If your looking for a political strip to replace Boondocks, try Candorville.

For something completely different, check out Alien Loves Predator.

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I second Ink Pen, I started reading that one about a month ago and really enjoy. I'm a fan both Lio and Mark Tattuli's other strip Heart of the City.

Family Circus is not meant for someone my age so I really don't have a problem with it. The comic I would most likely to see cancled is Gasoline Alley. My local paper stopped printing it, but enough people complained that the paper brought it back with in about two weeks.

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quote:
Originally posted by Spc. Sharki:
I second Ink Pen, I started reading that one about a month ago and really enjoy. I'm a fan both Lio and Mark Tattuli's other strip Heart of the City.

Family Circus is not meant for someone my age so I really don't have a problem with it. The comic I would most likely to see cancled is Gasoline Alley. My local paper stopped printing it, but enough people complained that the paper brought it back with in about two weeks.

The reverse happened with Bloom County when I was a kid. The Ottawa Citizen started running the strip, and I think it was within a year that they yanked it due to reader complaints. I seem to recall it was Binkley asking his father (dressed as Santa) for drugs for Christmas that broke the camel's back. Considering they had started running the strip in the middle of a three week Bill the Cat arc in which cocaine figured prominently, that particular complaining group must have been PO'd from the get-go.

God, I revered Bloom County growing up. Outland was pretty creative for the comics page, but never had the same magic.

Max "pear pimples for hairy fishnuts" Renn

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Speaking of comics, has Gary Larson come out of retirement or is this The Argyle Sweater the biggest Far Side rip off ever.

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Originally posted by Spam & Cookies-mmm:
Also, the artist responded very politely to an email I sent, so I like him.

I sent and email to Bill Amend about an error/omission in a strip. IMS, it was a strip with mathematical formulas that spelled out "Merry Christmas" when solved. He emailed back that he had considered doing it correctly, but thought that most fans wouldn't get it. That's one of the things I liked about the strip. It was obvious that Bill Amend was either a really big geek or could really put himself inside the heads of geeks.
He has a physics degree and is a pretty big computer geek (he's a Mac geek). He has a couple of Foxtrot related Flash games he created on his personal web page one is Foxcentration (Concentration) and one is Burp-Along-Fox which is a Simon style game.

Speaking of email, I've emailed him on a few occasions and while his auto-reply warns that he gets tons of email and may not personally respond, he did on each occasion.

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quote:
Originally posted by mrs.hi-c clown fishies:


Sigh...that only leaves For Better or For Worse in our newspaper as being readable. I've always been able to relate to the middle daughter, Elizabeth. In fact, her cat made it's first appearance in the strip about two days after we got our own kitty.

Sorry
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quote:
Originally posted by Kev:
quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:
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Originally posted by Spam & Cookies-mmm:
Also, the artist responded very politely to an email I sent, so I like him.

I sent and email to Bill Amend about an error/omission in a strip. IMS, it was a strip with mathematical formulas that spelled out "Merry Christmas" when solved. He emailed back that he had considered doing it correctly, but thought that most fans wouldn't get it. That's one of the things I liked about the strip. It was obvious that Bill Amend was either a really big geek or could really put himself inside the heads of geeks.
He has a physics degree and is a pretty big computer geek (he's a Mac geek). He has a couple of Foxtrot related Flash games he created on his personal web page one is Foxcentration (Concentration) and one is Burp-Along-Fox which is a Simon style game.

He is not the only highly educated cartoonist, Bud Grace, the creator of Piranha Club (formely Ernie) has a degree in Nuclear Physics.

Edited for spelling

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VersesBatman
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quote:
Originally posted by Muncle:
quote:
Originally posted by mrs.hi-c clown fishies:


Sigh...that only leaves For Better or For Worse in our newspaper as being readable. I've always been able to relate to the middle daughter, Elizabeth. In fact, her cat made it's first appearance in the strip about two days after we got our own kitty.

Sorry
Oh no!

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quote:
Originally posted by Muncle:
quote:
Originally posted by mrs.hi-c clown fishies:


Sigh...that only leaves For Better or For Worse in our newspaper as being readable. I've always been able to relate to the middle daughter, Elizabeth. In fact, her cat made it's first appearance in the strip about two days after we got our own kitty.

Sorry
Damn it. [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Muncle:
I liked Zits, and still do somewhat. The only problem with it is that I started readin it when I was fifteen, so it seemed like it was right on target. The more I read, the more I wish that they'd grow up so I can relate to them again.

Well, I used to teach HS, and I'm about the same age as Jeremy's parents, so I identify with "Zits" from that point of view.

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For Better or Worse needed to move along. Foxtrot, though, just kept chugging.

My favorite Foxtrot dates to the 1992 Presidential Election. Jason is sitting in front of the TV with the remote, and in the first three panels, the TV is showing election results, which causes him to scream and hit the remote, until he finally strikes upon this scene:
"Mr. Worf and Dr. Crusher, meet me in Transporter Room Five."

I have ir at home somewhere, alone with my copy of the Bloom County that's a parody of the '80s Apple computer ads entitled "Gene Simmons Didn't Have A Personal Computer When He Was A Kid!" and a Doonsberry cartoon that featured students at a college lecture mindlessly copying the professor's every word.

And Dilbert and Get Fuzzy rock.

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