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The Essential 10

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:


Filed in Bill Bickel, Bill Watterson, Bloom County, Bob Mankoff, Calvin and Hobbes, Charles Addams, Charles Rose, Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown, Doonesbury, Essential 10, Far Side, G.B. Trudeau, Gary Larson, James Thurber, New Yorker, Peanuts, Peter Steiner, Pogo, Saul Steinberg, Snoopy, Walt Kelly, comic strips, comics, humor | 52 responses so far

Six Weeks Ago Called…

Cidu Bill on Aug 28th 2015


With all due respect, Mr. Tatulli… cool idea, but the ship has sailed.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Bloom County, Lio, Mark Tatulli, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

LOL-May 5

Cidu Bill on May 5th 2008

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Filed in 5th Wave, Baby Blues, Bill Bickel, Birdbrains, Bloom County, In the Bleachers, Meaning of Lila, Real Life, Rich Tennant, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Speed Bump, cars, comic strips, comics, comics that made us laugh out loud, humor, lol | 5 responses so far

February’s First LOL Collection

Cidu Bill on Feb 4th 2008

This qualifies for the Ewww Files as well:


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Filed in 9 Chickweed Lane, B.C., Beetle Bailey, Bill Bickel, Bloom County, Dave Whamond, Dilbert, Ewww, Moral Majority, Reality Check, Sally Forth, comic strips, comics, comics that made us laugh out loud, cows, humor, lol, methane, rabbits | 2 responses so far