Thursday, August 7, 2008

Whine, whine, whine

C: I've been meaning to write concerning the "comic" section of the paper for some time. Today 8/6/08 I finally got to it.
Peanuts—enjoyable but a bit dated
Mother Goose and Grimm—sometimes hilarious
Zits—a realistic look at a family raising a teenager
Hagar the Horrible—good harmless chuckles
Dilbert—a great and too realistic view of office life
Ollie and Quentin—Dumb
Mutts—not quite as dumb as Ollie and Quentin
Baby Blues—good humored look at family life
Rose is Rose—sweet without the treacle, joyful and upliftingFrazz—humorus insights into what the young are up to
Sally Forth—whimsical view of a working mom
The Family Circus—kids can be funny
Bizzaro—great insights by a warped mind. Probably too hip for the room.
And now downhill from here, maybe on another page.
The Phantom—OK, it's the Phantom
Mark Trail—belongs on the outdoor page
Rex Morgan M.D.—It's a soap. Put it on a soapier or sappier page.
And what finally prompted me to write:
For Better or Worse—It doesn't get much worse than this. Why is this thing on a "comics" page—or using the geezer term—the funny papers. As Molly said to Magee, "Tain't funny." Most of the time Lynn Johnston opts for the depressing. A stroke victim, caring for an aging parent—the sticky sweet glurge, bitter sweet. In today's edition she ran up the banner for gay marriage—In MY comics, MY Funny Papers.
Tain't funny guys. Move it on over to the op-ed pages.
I begin the paper with an entree, the comics, or sometimes save the Funnies for dessert. Today it tasted and smelled like—how can I put this gently? Excrement. - D.M.

A: I hope you enjoy your meal.
We hardly expect that all 90,000 of our readers each day will love all of the comics. People have different tastes, interests and senses of humor. We could tailor our comics page to your personal preferences if all of our readers were just like you, but then what a boring and intolerant world that would be, wouldn't it?


Anonymous said...

Huh? I just looked at that comic and I don't get what you're talking about. I don't read comics on a regular basis so don't know the story line of this this a wedding for two women? If it is, so what? Just how does that affect you in your insulated little life?

Dale Lolley said...

As Outdoors Editor, I have to take offense at your suggestion that Mark Trail belongs in my section. I wouldn't want it.

Anonymous said...

Bring back Gasoline Alley and Fritzi Ritz