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fpd
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What are your ten favorite syndicated comic strips? I mean the kind that normally appear daily in newspapers or commercial websites, not the amateur strips found on this website. Let me break this into two questions. What are your top ten favorite current strips, and what are your top ten favorite cancelled strips?

These are my current favorites:

10. Loose Parts
9. Rubes
8. Lost Sheep
7. Hubert & Abby
6. iNk PeN
5. Monty
4. Non Sequitur
3. Dilbert
2. Lio
1. Pearls Before Swine

Here are my ten favorite cancelled strips:

10. Liberty Meadows
9. Eyebeam
8. Citizen Dog
7. Outland
6. The Katzenjammer Kids
5. Krazy Kat
4. The Far Side
3. Bloom County
2. Pogo
1. Calvin & Hobbes

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8-30-06 8:00pm (new)
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AngryAmerican
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please tell me you're kidding.....

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8-30-06 9:01pm (new)
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boorite
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This is like picking my 10 favorite places to get punched.

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8-30-06 9:04pm (new)
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ivytheplant
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Boondocks, Calvin & Hobbes, and The Far Side.

8-30-06 9:37pm (new)
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BigFrank105
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Pretty much guaranteed on any sane person's list.

8-30-06 10:06pm (new)
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AngryAmerican
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yet that is all the pickings, and 2 of them are retired.

i am saddened.

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8-30-06 10:17pm (new)
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HCRoyall
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8-31-06 6:38am (new)
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UnknownEric
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Pearls Before Swine is great. That's pretty much the only syndicated strip I read anymore. Well, Get Fuzzy is amusing at times, but just because of Bucky Katt.

And I didn't know Liberty Meadows was syndicated. I didn't think they allowed Frank Cho's big tits in family newspapers...

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8-31-06 7:04am (new)
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Cre8tive13
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omg shameless plug

8-31-06 7:07am (new)
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crabby
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I enjoy Curtis and also Pearls Before Swine and occasionally, Blue River. Also of course The Boondocks is a given.

8-31-06 10:11am (new)
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sebra139
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x men garfield the hulk

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8-31-06 1:09pm (new)
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fpd
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What am I supposed to be kidding about?

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8-31-06 6:08pm (new)
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fpd
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

I've bookmarked that one to the list of comics I read daily. It's a good one-panel strip in the same tradition as the Far Side.

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8-31-06 6:26pm (new)
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dcomposed
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what is a newspaper?

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8-31-06 7:59pm (new)
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ivytheplant
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Someone said newspapers have comic strips in them, but I haven't seen any evidence of that in years. I read all mine online.

My home town removed the Boondocks from the paper because it was "offensive material."

8-31-06 8:02pm (new)
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HCRoyall
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That's only because there are five black people in the entire state of Wyoming.

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9-01-06 4:01am (new)
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boorite
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That's only because there are five black people in the entire state of Wyoming.


She's talking about Arkansas, you tremendous ballbag.

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9-01-06 10:16am (new)
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crabby
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That's only because there are five black people in the entire state of Wyoming.


She's talking about Arkansas, you tremendous ballbag.


There are less than 5 literate people in all of Arkansas.

9-01-06 10:19am (new)
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HCRoyall
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That's only because there are five black people in the entire state of Wyoming.


She's talking about Arkansas, you tremendous ballbag.


Same difference.

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9-01-06 11:04am (new)
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UnknownEric
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Of course the irony in this sentence is that it should be "fewer," not "less."

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9-01-06 11:11am (new)
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boorite
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Of course the irony in this sentence is that it should be "fewer," not "less."


omfg usage burn

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9-01-06 11:22am (new)
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boorite
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That's only because there are five black people in the entire state of Wyoming.


She's talking about Arkansas, you tremendous ballbag.


Same difference.

No, Wyoming's not complete shit.

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9-01-06 11:24am (new)
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fpd
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Pretty much guaranteed on any sane person's list.


True enough. Given this, I'll describe some more obscure strips that are similar to and may appeal to fans of these strips.

The Far Side is the best known of one-panel strips that take an ironic or satiric look at things. Although it's gone, it left in its wake various imitators. These include Loose Parts, Rubes, Close to Home, and Non Sequitur.

Calvin & Hobbes is about an imaginative little boy and a talking animal companion. One of my newest favorites is Lio, which is about an imaginative little boy much like Calvin. The difference is that Lio is a silent strip, and Lio (the character) doesn't have any constant companion. When Non Sequitur is not a one-panel strip, it is usually about the adventures of a little girl named Danae and her talking horse Lucy. Danae is very unconventional and imaginative, and while similar to Calvin, she also has her own style. She especially likes to imitate public figures. Lucy is mainly the straight man, like Hobbes before her. Hubert & Abby is a comic I discovered by randomly trying out something new at gocomics.com. Hubert is a talking hamster or gerbil. It's left indefinite what he is. He's the unconventional Calvin-like character of the strip. Abby is a human nurse whose home Hubert lives in. She is mainly the straight man of the strip. There is also a talking turtle. Lost Sheep and Citizen Dog are both about humans and talking animals living together.

Something the Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes share in common is that the artists who made them retired. Before these strips were around, the great new strip appearing in newspapers was Bloom County. This was an ensemble strip, featuring humans and talking animals, along with heavy doses of political satire. It was like a fusion of Pogo and Doonesbury. Berkeley Breathed, the artist behind Bloom County, retired the strip and replaced it with a Sunday strip called Outland. He moved some of the most popular Bloom County characters to another dimension, added Mickey Mouse's brother Mortimer to the cast, and kept this up for a little while until he retired this strip too. Some similar strips include Liberty Meadows, which is also an ensemble of humans and talking animals, Pearls Before Swine, which is mainly talking animals but also includes humans, Dilbert, which includes various talking animals in the human work world, and Non Sequitur, which brings humans and talking animals together and indulges in political satire. I suppose Dilbert is not as obscure as the others. It is the new giant in comic strips since the Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes went away. But it does have its similarities to the previous giant, Bloom County, which in turn resembles the giant of an earlier time, Pogo.

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9-01-06 5:04pm (new)
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ivytheplant
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That's only because there are five black people in the entire state of Wyoming.


She's talking about Arkansas, you tremendous ballbag.


Same difference.

Arkansas:
Bill Clinton
Orval Faubus
Conway Twitty
Scottie Pippen
Sam Walton
Sling Blade
Wishbone Cutter
population 2,779,154
15.8% black
0.7% Native American/Alaskan
$33,445 median income
52,068 square miles land
51.3 people per square mile
16.7% bachelor's degree or higher
75.3% high school graduates

Wyoming:
Dick Cheney
Rulon Gardner
Curt Gowdy
Jackson Pollack
Brokeback Mountain
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
509,294 population
0.9% black
2.4% Native American/Alaskan
$41,554 median income
97,100 square miles land
5.1 people per square mile
21.9% bachelor's degree or higher
87.9% high school graduates

So Wyoming is smarter, less crowded, richer, and has better movies (have you ever SEEN Wishbone Cutter?) than Arkansas. While our famous politician is a douchebag who shot his friend in the face, Arkansas gets the guy who fucked his mistress with a cigar and the other guy who refused to desegregate the schools. We also wear shoes, have intelligible accents, and don't fuck our siblings.

And we have the biggest active volcano in the world. Arkansas has rice paddies. That's right. Rice paddies.

And Arkansas is the home of Wal-Mart. There's no coming back from that.

9-01-06 6:16pm (new)
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ivytheplant
Obsessive Comic Disorder

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Arkansas also has my mother in it. +10 hostile environment.

9-01-06 6:19pm (new)
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