Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday Five: Funny Papers

From RevGalBlogPals...

After an exhausting election here in the states it's time for some spirit lifting! Join me with a nice cup of tea or coffee or cocoa and let's sit back and read the Funny Papers!

1. What was your favorite comic strip as a child?

Calvin and Hobbes - I just loved the trouble-maker child and his huge imagination. There were plenty of geeky references too. Here are some favorites.


2. Which comic strip today most consistently tickles your funny bone?

I'll pick two here. I love Get Fuzzy (see a geeky example below) but I also love the webcomic xkcd.com which combines math humor with ultimate geek humor in crudely drawn stick figures. So really, can you go wrong there?
3. Which Peanuts character is closest to being you?

Probably Charlie Brown, although I also identify with Linus. I love that they are both philosophers in their own right though.

4. Some say that comic strips have replaced philosophy as a paying job, so to speak. Does this ring true with you?

I agree to an extent but they are more like philosphy one-liners. I think it sometimes takes is a good way to show the ironies and oddities of humanity which is always good for people to be able to recognize.
5. What do you think the appeal is for the really long running comic strips like Blondie, Family Circus, Dennis the Menace as some examples?

Well, I don't think I'd pick these as my favorite long-running comics but I think there is a familiarity to the characters in the comics. I think particularly of For Better or Worse. And having something continue that you knew as a child can be grounding.

Bonus question: Which discontinued comic strip would you like to see back in print?

I want to see Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side come back, but also For Better or Worse which went back to the beginning and Fox Trot which is currently just doing Sunday comics and is on repeat for the others. I miss them all.

1 comment:

Presbyterian Gal said...

If I had a dog, I'd name him Satchel.

Thanks for the xkcd link. I'd never heard of that one. It's good.

Thanks for playing!