Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2015
In Autumn of 2015, I asked you to send me your lists of specific comics that are so “essential,” we can assume that most fans of the genre will be familiar with most if not all of them.
Over 60 of you responded, sending me 67 different comics, well over 200 comics in all, most of which got multiple votes. Before I list the top 10 (actually 16 because of a 9-way tie, this is the Close But No Segar list:
Doonebury: “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!” (which was on my personal list)
Peanuts: “Hold My Hand, Chuck”
Bloom County: “Death Star”
B.C.: “Clams Got Legs!”
James Thurber: “It’s a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you’ll be amused by its presumption”
Peanuts: “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” (the original appearance)
And for the statistics-obsessed: Far Side was cited most often, 11 times; James Thurber 8; Calvin and Hobbes 6; The New Yorker (not including James Thurber and Charles Addams) 6; and Charles Addams 5.
And now the winners:
In a 9-way tie for 7th place (top to bottom, Gary Larson’s Far Side, Carl Rose in the New Yorker, James Thurber, Larson again, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, BobMankoff in the New Yorker, that Larson guy a couple more times, and Saul Steinberg in the New Yorker):
And now coming in at #6, from James Thurber:
#5, Charles Addams:
#4, Charles Schulz:
#3, Walt Kelly:
#2, Peter Steiner:
And finally from Bill Watterson, published 20 years ago today, voted #1 by a wide margin, and probably the greatest comic strip finale ever:
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Cidu Bill on Jan 29th 2013
You know, seriously, he’s six years old; nostalgia??
Filed in Bill Bickel, Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, comic strips, comics, humor | 26 responses so far
Cidu Bill on Jan 20th 2013
Filed in Bill Bickel, Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Cornered, Dro-Mo, Mark Parisi, Mike Baldwin, New Yorker, Off the Mark, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 8 responses so far
Cidu Bill on Jan 10th 2013
One person sent it to me with the Geezer tag, one sent it to me as a LOL, and one sent it to me just because. Forgive my ignorance (well, you’ve been doing that for more than 16 years now), but what’s the joke here? I mean yeah, Cliff Clavin from Cheers, and “Clavin” is Calvin is you’re mildly dyslexic, but… so?
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Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2012
Going through my mess of a hard drive, I came across a ton of LOLs I might or might not have posted here; so I’m going to just post all of them and then delete them from my computer and start fresh. I figure even if only a third of them are really “new,” that’s still going make a pretty good collection.
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