Thursday, October 14, 2004

The Discerning Comics Reader

I like comic strips. But I don't like them all. A lot of comics are just lame. (See: Family Circus) Others preach tiresome liberal dogma under the pretense of being funny, which they rarely are. (See: Non Sequitur and Boondocks) But I've found 10 comics that consistently amuse and entertain me. Big Nate, Dilbert, Foxtrot, Frazz, Get Fuzzy, Luann, Pearls Before Swine, Pibgorn and Rose is Rose. The tenth comic, PVP, is only on the internet or in book collections. To read all of these every day would require subscribing to both local papers and even then I'd still not get every comic. (Get Fuzzy, for example, is not carried in either of the daily papers locally.) The solution, the internet. Ah, yes. Eight of those ten comics are handled by the same syndicate, it would seem. So comics.com is almost a one-stop comic-palooza. Foxtrot is at ucomics.com (though, if you only want the current day's strip, you can go to foxtrot.com and skip the ads and pop-ups) and PVP is on its own website at PVPonline.com. Both ucomics.com and comics.com have archives. Both sites' free archives are small (30 days at comics.com and 14 days at ucomics.com), but you can subscribe for a small fee and get access to years and years worth of comics. About the only thing newspapers are good for now is crossword puzzles and packing your china when you move. (Yes, I have found crossword puzzles online, but it's just not nearly as satisfying or easy to do them online.)