Who Reads the Comics?

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Who Reads the Comics?

Post by Jazztonight » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:44 pm

Every day of my life (if I'm breathing), I read a number of comic strips. I find that there's always something to make me laugh, or at least smile or think about.

I've read the comics my entire life, since I was a small boy. My tastes and the strips themselves have changed, of course. Some have gone to heaven or disappeared for some other reason (e.g. Cathy, For Better or Worse, Steve Canyon, Brenda Starr, The Toodles, Wee Pals, etc.).

I'm mostly curious about what other Bogleheads like. (Note: This is not about whether we read online or buy the newspaper.)

Here's a list of the strips I myself read each day:

Daily:
LuAnn
Baby Blues
Dilbert
Bizarro
Agnes
Piranha Club
Sherman's Lagoon
Zits
Rhymes With Orange
Big Nate

Sundays:
Doonesbury
Foxtrot Sunday
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by John Z » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:57 pm

Dilbert
Beetle Bailey
Born Loser
Blondie/Dagwood
Garfield
Donald Duck

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by Dantes » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:03 pm

I have been reading Bloom County, which is started up again after many years; its available on Facebook,

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by tim1999 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:23 pm

I haven't found comics to be funny since I was around age 10.

I used to like the Far Side in my early adult years, but Gary Larson retired from making those 20 years ago.

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by cfs » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:45 pm

Where did it go?

This conversation will be locked in three, two, one . . . but first, I used to read "Mandrake the Magician" many moons ago.

Still published?
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Post by Jazztonight » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:10 pm

cfs wrote:Where did it go?
This conversation will be locked in three, two, one . . . but first, I used to read "Mandrake the Magician" many moons ago.
Still published?
Why? Is this any different than "What movie are you watching?" or "What book are you reading?"

Mandrake the Magician does not appear to be written anymore. See this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandrake_the_Magician\
But wait! You can still read it here:
http://mandrakethemagician.com

Enjoy!
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Post by alec » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:18 pm

Comic strip were how my dad tricked us into reading the newspaper when we were kids.
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by cfs » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:30 pm

Jazztonight wrote:. . . But wait! You can still read it here . . . :
http://mandrakethemagician.com
That's the one! "The first comic strip appeared in newspapers on June 11, 1934." Thank you.
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Post by abuss368 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:34 pm

Many years and galaxies ago when I was a kid!
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Post by abuss368 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:35 pm

Then again, I still prefer a physical newspaper in my hands!

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by cfs » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:43 pm

Hard copy.

Newspapers in hard copy are the way to go. I learned to read by "slowly reading" the newspaper comics, and I read all of them for free, I was a newspaper boy. Many boys and girls who delivered newspapers became success stories.

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Post by fposte » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:14 pm

I don't read the comics in the paper any more, but I adore The Comics Curmudgeon. It's written with great affection as well as great humor, and it made me genuinely interested in the wind-down of Apartment 3G and bizarrely charmed by Mary Worth.

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by HomerJ » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:21 pm

Dantes wrote:I have been reading Bloom County, which is started up again after many years; its available on Facebook,
Wait, NEW Bloom County?

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by HomerJ » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:27 pm

If you like Dungeons & Dragons, these two web-comics are very well-written... very funny as well.

Give them a chance past the first few comics, both started out as one-off comics, then developed into full-blown sagas. The writing and the art style consistently gets better and better.

http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0001.html

http://www.goblinscomic.org/06252005/

The goblins one is not for children. It gets pretty gory.

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Post by joe8d » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:32 pm

I learned to read via newspaper comics.It's my first read every day.
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by telemark » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:44 pm

9 Chickweed Lane
Pearls Before Swine
Rip Haywire
Doonesbury
Non Sequitur
Lio
Bloom County
Schlock Mercenary
Freefall
Sinfest
Sequential Art
Scenes from a Multiverse

and of course Girl Genius.

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Post by Jazztonight » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:34 pm

telemark wrote:9 Chickweed Lane
Pearls Before Swine
Rip Haywire
Doonesbury
Non Sequitur
Lio
Bloom County
Schlock Mercenary
Freefall
Sinfest
Sequential Art
Scenes from a Multiverse
and of course Girl Genius.
A few here I'm not familiar with, and will check out asap. Thanks!
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by Billcarpenter » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:48 pm

My grandparents get a local Sunday paper and that's been my first stop since I was a kid, probably 20+ years now. Most aren't all that funny but I just enjoy reading them. Now when you find an apropos Dilbert, those get cut out and hung up :)

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Post by Kurmudjon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:53 pm

Dilbert - the rest suck;)
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by JonnyDVM » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:30 pm

I still miss Calvin and Hobbes
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by Jazztonight » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:57 pm

JonnyDVM wrote:I still miss Calvin and Hobbes
Don't we all. :(
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by Jazztonight » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:59 pm

Kurmudjon wrote:Dilbert - the rest suck;)
Well, it must save you time not having to read anything else.

That said, while I enjoy all of the comics listed in the OP, I gotta say that Wally is one terrific character. :beer
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by Garco » Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:02 pm

I never read the comics anymore. But maybe I should take a lesson from my Dad. He read the funnies every day and also worked the crossword puzzles (in ink) until he was in his 90's. He was never stumped or stymied by a crossword puzzle.

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by CABob » Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:21 pm

It is primarily a waste of time, but, I admit to reading several of the comics in a couple of newspapers. My favorites are:
Dilbert
Peanuts
Dennis the Menace
Zits
Pickles
Blondie
Born Loser
Frank & Ernest
Family Circus
Bob

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Post by Calhoon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:57 pm

Calvin and Hobbes! Nothing comes close. Watterson's work on some of those sunday strips was brilliant.

Though now that someone mentioned it in this thread will need to revisit those Barks Donald Duck. Have fond memories of those but it's been a good thirty years.

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by Nicolas » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:25 am

The Katzenjammer Kids
Pogo
Nancy
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Post by rooms222 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:50 am

Dick Tracy has been revitalized with a new creative team the last three years or so, and is really a fun comic to read lately.

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by 6miths » Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:02 am

Dilbert
Doonesbury
Bloom County again.

Still reread Farside now and then. And often include Farside's in presentations.

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Post by Epsilon Delta » Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:32 am

xkcd
Tom Toles

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Post by 4nursebee » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:25 am

I only read Dilbert.

I have many ideas for the author...
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Post by SGM » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:27 am

I taught myself to read well before kindergarten because I was desperate to read the funnies.

By college age a cousin implied that she was intellectually superior to anyone who would call the comics, the funnies. :oops:

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Post by mkc » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:00 am

Bloom County for me.

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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by shmidds » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:43 am

Loved Pogo. Stopped after Calvin & Hobbes. The print got smaller and smaller on the hard copy, the comics weren't funny anymore, and the strips became too politically correct and formulaic. Also, its just not the same on the computer. Still catch Toles whenever I can.

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Post by ShenziNation » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:00 am

I only read xkcd and Dilbert on the web. Every couple of weeks I'll binge.
I stopped getting the local papers since I realized I was paying to read advertisements and actual news content was <30%. The World News section was a joke. I used to pay for annual subscriptions just for the Sports and Comics and Puzzles.
I get better sports news on the web. Then the paper stopped my favorite comics or made them black and white. I got kids so no more free time for puzzles. Eh, that's life!

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Post by Sheepdog » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:02 am

I always read comic strips every day and have since I was a very young kid in the 30s and 40s. I have lost a bunch of favorites from that time like Dick Tracy, Superman, Red Ryder, Belle Starr, Batman and Robin, Smilin Jack, Wonder Woman and so many more. Some of those are still being produced as I see in this thread, but they are gone from my paper. They came and entertained us. Times changed and tastes changed so new writers and artists replaced others. Newspapers can only handle so many. I still like the old Blondie and Dagwood and Doonesbury and others. Newer ones like Zits and Dilbert are among my favorites of today. I love comics as they are wonderfully ridiculous and are escapes from some of the real world. Smiles and story tellings are worth every penny.
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Post by aaronb » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:41 am

I read through most of the Sunday comics in the Boston Globe, skipping over about 1/3 of them. Of particular interest to me...
Foxtrot
Doonesbury
Dilbert
Non Sequitur

On a daily or as-published basis...
XKCD
The Oatmeal
Bloom County 2015
Doonesbury
Dilbert

I am very slowly, haphazardly making my way through Questionable Content. Looks like I'm only about 9 years behind.

And I occasionally check in on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Dinosaur Comics.

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Post by alex_686 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:56 am

bad78andy wrote:I only read xkcd and Dilbert on the web. Every couple of weeks I'll binge.
I will second those. If you like xkcd I would also recommend Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. http://www.smbc-comics.com/

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Post by JupiterJones » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:28 am

I used to read the comics in the newspaper. I also used to write checks all the time, rent videos from Blockbuster, call people on payphones, carry a DayTimer (remember those?), keep a Yellow Pages in my car, etc.

Times change. Webcomics are where it's at these days:
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Post by agbp » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:53 am

I read the comics daily in our newspaper and a few strips online. In the early 1950s my father introduced me to Pogo, which remains my favorite comic strip of all time, followed by Calvin and Hobbes. I'm now reading volume 3 of the reprinted Pogo daily and Sunday strips.

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Post by whaleknives » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:18 pm

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Post by ruralavalon » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:22 pm

Daily:
Dilbert; and
Zits.
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Post by mbk734 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:41 pm

I am a fan of Cracked and Mad Magazine. A little more crude but funny. Also read the Archie comics from my sisters growing up. Calvin and Hobbes, Farside, and Garfield books were pretty good. Read lots of newspaper comics growing up too although we haven't had a paper newspaper in years. I also enjoyed the political cartoons and the drawings of presidents with exaggerated features.
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Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Post by Jazztonight » Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:13 pm

aaronb wrote:I read through most of the Sunday comics in the Boston Globe, skipping over about 1/3 of them. Of particular interest to me...
Foxtrot
Doonesbury
Dilbert
Non Sequitur

On a daily or as-published basis...
XKCD
The Oatmeal
Bloom County 2015
Doonesbury
Dilbert

I am very slowly, haphazardly making my way through Questionable Content. Looks like I'm only about 9 years behind.

And I occasionally check in on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Dinosaur Comics.
Thank you for mentioning The Oatmeal. Those of you who know of and respect Nikola Tesla (as well as the Tesla car) will find a kindred spirit in the creator of The Oatmeal.
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