Archive for the 'Far Side' Category

1981? Is this you calling again? Who gave you this number anyway?

Cidu Bill on Sep 4th 2016


And as a bonus…


Filed in Bill Bickel, Bizarro, Far Side, Gary Larson, Jane Goodall, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

Happy Trees

Cidu Bill on Jan 29th 2016


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Far Side, Gary Larson, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

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

At Long Last, The End Of The List Of Comics That Might Already Have Made Us Laugh Out Loud In 2015

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2015






Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dave Blazek, Far Side, Gary Larson, George Washington, Loose Parts, New Yorker, Speed Bump, comic strips, comics, humor, lol, xkcd | 14 responses so far

Happy Trees

Cidu Bill on Dec 18th 2015


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Far Side, Gary Larson, comic strips, comics, humor | 24 responses so far


Cidu Bill on Dec 5th 2012


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Far Side, Gary Larson, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

Best Endings

Cidu Bill on May 24th 2010

I am still in shock over how mind-bogglingly awful last night’s Lost finale was — especially since for a show that’s essentially a multi-year puzzle, the final episode makes or breaks the entire run. Still, this is where to discuss that.
Just to get the ashen taste out of my mouth, I’m reposting the 2008 discussion about best endings…

(Warning: Even though this is the wrong thread for discussions of the Lost finale, there are in fact spoilers below) Continue Reading »

Filed in Bill Bickel, Bob Newhart, Calvin and Hobbes, Far Side, Frumpy the Clown, Fugitive, Judd Winick, Lost, Magnum P.I., Preteena, Sledge Hammer, St. Elsewhere, comic strips, comics, humor, television | 73 responses so far