Who even reads the funnies these days? I used to always just open the paper and turn to the sports section and ignore the rest. Well, since I've been in college I haven't really seen the paper and who even needs to in this digital age with all the news online. Well a couple of years ago my roommate and I chipped in to get the Arizona Daily Star
, the newspaper in Tucson. I still do prefer the paper copy so I said sure. Every morning I turn right to sports and he heads straight for the comics. Well because they were always sitting out I started to read them and he pointed some of the good ones beyond those I already knew about. I've always loved Dilbert and Foxtrot is always good but I also enjoys Get Fuzzy. Well since we were only roommates for a year, that's all that the paper lasted.
Jump forward two years and I'm once again able to get the paper every weekday. Let me just say that the comics for the Orlando Sentinel suck. They suck hard. They don't have any of the great standbys. They don't have Foxtrot and they don't even have the occasionally funny but normally cute Baby Blues. I don't get to see the Sunday paper much but from my memory they don't bump up the quality by much. In fact they normally print all their comics in color so there is no benefit to the Sunday paper. Maybe that's why they don't print the others, because there isn't a color version but I think that's phooey. I did happen to discover that Dilbert is tucked in with business just like in the Daily Star but that's it. Here's a list of the crap they show:
Peanuts Classics (come on)
Hi & Lois
Hagar the Horrible
Dennis the Menace
and the every present horrible Family Circus
For some reason I thought a lot of these comics had ended but nope they're there, every day, stinking each day. I avoid them at all costs because if I read them I just get angry. The only saving grace is looking at the funny drawings for the rather unfunny Mutts and laughing at Garfield, I mean that's one fat lazy pussy, right?
The remedy? I now turn to web comics. They often aren't updated daily but they are normally pretty funny, especially someone in my age group. Because of the fact that they don't appeal to a broad audience is why they stick to the web but they all have some success. Some are ongoing stories while others are just satirical funny strips. Some appeal to gamers only while others are meant for the college folk. So every day I start up the computer I check these out to see the latest misadventures of the characters of the super information highway.
The first plug goes to F Minus
. Not really a web comic but rather an online archive of a strip that ran for the State Press, the ASU student paper. It's also authored by an old good highschool friend of mine. He recently one a MTV sponsored contest that won him a publishing deal with United Feature Syndicate, responsible for Dilbert, Peanuts, and Get Fuzzy. So while no new comics are posted definitely hit the archived comics and I'll guarantee laughter.
I stumbled across this last year. I haven't kept up with it too well but it normally brings good laughs. Definitely dip into the early comics. They set up the story a little and may be some of the funnier comics. The drawings are great and I love the wit.
I'm sure a lot have heard about this. It's basically for gamers and only will the true gamers find each comic funny. But if you follow along you'll get most of it. They also keep a blog
of gaming news, so that tends to be interesting as well.
There are a few more but I've only seen them recently so I'll give a few days to make sure they're any good.
News of the Weird:
ISN'T IT IRONIC?
On Dec. 20, a United Parcel Service driver was involved in a crash on an icy road near Keene, N.H., suffered a head injury, and was taken to Cheshire Medical Center, where tests were to be performed, except that the required machine for them was broken (though parts were on order). After checking the status of the order, hospital personnel discovered that the parts had been shipped and were in fact in the crashed UPS truck, and someone was dispatched to the scene of the accident to retrieve them.
In December, the British parents' organization Bullywatch, which issued blue wristbands to students to publicize the campaign against school bullying, reported that any kid wearing the wristbands was immediately targeted for attack by bullies.