As a comic nerd, I’ve found a remarkable of number of times when I’ve had to define the difference between a comic BOOK and a comic STRIP.  The difference is, as one might expect, being in a book, but for some reason a comic book featuring The Phantom or Popeye still feels like it’s a comic strip.  Of course, the question of greatest comic strip has a lot of contenders (Bloom County, Peanuts, even Doonesbury have had extended periods of brilliance) the real answer is always going to be in the eye of the blah blah blah fishcakes, leading to today’s Sunday color query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) loves Berkeley Breathed like a brother, but I know my answer, and it’s George Herriman’s ‘Krazy Kat’, asking: Which comic strip is the greatest comic strip of all?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

10 Comments

  1. Look, I KNOW that Calvin and Hobbes is pure gold. Stipulated.

    For Better or For Worse is not just an enjoyable or a good comic strip, it is important. (It’s not just because I’m Canadian and the creator is also Canadian – yet for Canadians, that point in itself is important.)

    Example: 4 years before Ellen DeGeneres created the groundbreaking “Puppy Episode”, Lynn Johnston had a very moving plotline about a character coming out as gay. It wasn’t even a “Hey, Riverdale! Here comes Kevin Keller!” situation. Lynn had Lawrence in her comic for YEARS. Not as a “gay character” but as Michael’s childhood friend. Young readers – such as myself – grew up with this character in the background. So when Lawrence came out, readers couldn’t readily dismiss him as “the Other.” The controversy and fallout from this plotline sparked backlash and commentary in newspapers of multiple countries.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    Far Side really is great. I gotta give shout out to relatively new strip called Finnish Nightmares. Look it up if you want to know how we are as a people. Only half joking.

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