7 thoughts on “What Is Your Favorite Comic Strip?”

  1. Online comics are where I go. Questionable Content is my favorite. It has robots & AI, 20/30-something relationship drama, and coffee

    Back when I still looked at print comics, Big Nate was where it’s at.

    In pre-historic times, of course it was Calvin & Hobbs

    1. Calvin and Hobbes is, of course, a classic.

      I don’t follow too many web comics, although I often enjoy xkcd, which also seems similarly nerdy (although decidedly lacking in personal drama).

    2. This story comes courtesy of a teacher friend of mine:

      One day, before class, he noticed a student reading a Calvin and Hobbes collection. Knowing that it has been a while since that strip appeared in newspapers, he said, “That’s a good strip. How do you know about it?”

      The student replied, “My grandfather told me about it.”

      This is an answer to another question asked recently: What makes you feel old?

  2. I didn’t really pay attention to comics. But I do remember this one gem from the Far Side:

    Imagine Moses as a child eating breakfast at the kitchen table while his mom is washing dishes. In what seems to be practice for a future episode, Moses parts his arms and the milk and cereal in his bowl goes to one side of the bowl or the other (some spilling out). A dry “pathway” at the bottom of the bowl opens up.

    Love it!

    1. I think of Calvin and Hobbes as a strip about philosophy, which makes it an immediate favorite of Intellectual Roundtable. It served as a template for other popular works about philosophy, like the TV show The Good Place.

      I can also see how Bill Waterson’s remarkable decision to never license out the characters — so no TV specials, no Calvin t-shirts, no Hobbes stuffed toy — is a great launching point to discuss one of our older questions: Should we be concerned with legacy?

  3. Of strips that are still going, I’ve long been a fan of FoxTrot. I own all the collections, and I read and re-read them regularly.

    I’m like strips in general. I have some collections of older strips, like Barney Google, or the original Thimble Theater strips where Popeye the Sailor first appeared. I recently read the fist few years of the Dennis the Menace cartoons, as well as some old Mickey Mouse strips, back before he became the corporate icon he is today. I also own several books collecting Dick Tracy strips, and even more featuring James Bond newspaper strips from the UK.

    From my youth, I have the complete Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes collections, and I was a big fan of some more obscure strips like One Big Happy, Rose is Rose, and Robotman (which became Monty).

    For absurdist humor, other than The Far Side, I liked Mister Boffo. And being a science geek, I liked You Can With Beakman and Jax as a strip, and I also enjoyed the accompanying 90s kids science show Beakman’s World.

    Long story short: I’m a huge fan of comic strips in general.

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