Thursday, April 5, 2007

Watered-down Tirade

I miss Calvin and Hobbes. You know why? Because I miss having a cartoonist in the funny papers who actually cared about comics and the state of the profession. I was gonna rant about it, but not much point.

When Berke Breathed quit doing Bloom County, Comics suffered kidney failure.
When Gary Larson retired the Far Side, it lost a lung.
When Bill Watterson folded Calvin & Hobbes, it suffered a massive coronary.
When Charles Schulz died, so did Comics. It's just on life support now, with the media conglomerates itching to pull the plug.

On the bright side, it's almost Free Comic Book Day!


  1. WIthout getting into a tirade, I'll somewhat agree.

    Possibly the naysayers of comics talked new talent out of creating a comic strip. Once a cartoonist considers the stretching and squashing of comics by newspaper designers, the coloring process by R-B, the small size comics are printed & the odds of making a living doing a comic strip, WHY would ANYONE want to do a comic strip?

    My answer to that question is because one day while laying on the living room floor reading comics, that's what you decided you wanted to be when you grew up.

  2. Yeah, that's what I always wanted to do.
    I think it's true that the syndicates don't properly support the cartoonists. I remember reading with surprise Lee Salem's comments that he knew comics was losing good writers to Hollywood. Well, when you're losing the most talented people, you're supposed to lure them to your industry with better pay, right? It seems cliche now that the syndicates are content to make all their money from Peanuts and Garfield, but that's pretty much the way it is.
    Someone, though, will figure out a way to do what the syndicates can't, or won't, do. I hope.