The Sunday Funnies (8/29/10)



Slim pickings this week: Lio (8/26) by Mark Tatulli; The Argyle Sweater (8/22) by Scott Hilburn; and Reality Check (8/27) by Dave Whammond.

(Thank you Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findlay, Charles Brubaker and Ed Austin)


  • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ Mick

    I like the idea of highlighting comic strips that poke fun at animation, but…. These are weak upon weak. Invariably crap!

    • Eli

      Mick, I agree with you. Sometimes there are a few gems in these Sunday comic strips, but these are as bad as they can get. Crap at its worst. The first and last drawings almost anyone can do in ten seconds. Seriously.

  • http://mrscriblam.tumblr.com/ mrscriblam

    my god scott hilburn you are the king of unfunny

  • The Gee

    Ya wanna know what is funny about this batch of cartoons?
    I’m gonna waste time commenting on them…

    The third one had potential. It really did.
    And, I must admit after another week of that comic being featured, I am left to believe that his placement of a cartoon animal in a bottom corner is downright scatalogical. If there’s sense to it, I don’t get it. The guy at the table almost looks kind of snobbish, snooty. As if he is a discerning reader of the news. He looks disgusted. Given the news he read, that is kind of amusing. But, not by much. An alternative cartoon could have had Count Chocula with an emo haircut saying something stupid and adding a gagline at the bottom. cliched, sure. Easier and better, probably.

    The second one comes across as not even comfortable drawing anything out of his comfort zone. Even with the bold choice of showing a character from behind twice, he didn’t even try to find a better way of presenting the character or his overall joke. Heck, he could have just used a zombie instead of an established character. It could have led to a better gag without baggage. Not that the delivery of the joke was well-conceived or good.

    The first one…once again, ignorance is bliss. It makes not sense at all to me. I’m just that cartoon pop culturally illiterate. yay.

  • Christopher Cook

    Craig Ferguson made a crack awhile back about Count Chocula (saying he was scarier than the “Twilight” vampires).

  • holyduck

    The last joke doesn’t work. Count Chocula is BETTER than Edward.

  • John A

    I used to think writing and drawing ability were a prerequisit to a career as a comic strip artist. Every week I am proven wrong.

  • http://2dwannabe.blogspot.com robcat2075

    I’m beginning to feel that comic strips referencing cartoons is too much in the same vein as the whole irony and deconstructionism thing that’s been done to death since Roger Rabbit.

    But grinding out a daily strip has got to be tough, they have to get the gags where they can find them.

  • Rooniman

    These strips keep getting more boring as we go.

  • http://www.facebook.com Pixar Fan 2010

    I thought the top one was pretty funny!

  • Scarabim

    Badly drawn, badly written. I’m glad I no longer subscribe to newspapers.

  • http://howchuyoudo.blogspot.com/ Rather D.
    • Iritscen

      Oh my, is that Bela Lugosi as Count Chocula? That is fantastic.

  • David Breneman

    Count me as clueless, but I don’t get the Caspar one at all. The government wants you to text while driving? So you’ll get killed in traffic and become a ghost? And then what?

    The first one is lame beyond words, and almost as poorly drawn as if I had done it; the last one is credibly humorous, but not to the extent that I’d bother to pass on to someone sitting beside me to read.

  • Paul Penna

    Lio (the first one) is actually an excellent comic, one of the rare bright lights. In this particular strip, the outside character is not the central point of the gag, the behavior of the squid, an ongoing character, is. It doesn’t work in isolation, but does if you’re a regular follower of the strip.

  • Jody Morgan

    Slim pickings this week, but as always I’m grateful for the weekly roundup; thanks, Jerry et. al.!

    Lio: Actually, I find the concept of kids wanting to meet Squidward funnier than the actual gag of the strip.

    Farside Sweater: Pedestrian execution of a gag that I rather like: Casper encouraging people to text while driving so he can have more ghostly friends.

    Reality Check: OK, you want to mock the current vampire bandwagon by bringing Count Chocula into the mix. Of all the ways to present this gag (movie poster, trailer or film clip, casting call, promotional appearance on a talk show, movie review, TV Guide cover), why would you settle for a bland-looking guy griping to his bland-looking wife over his newspaper? My Cage‘s strip on 8/29 covered this same basic territory (though with a different cartoon character) but actually went through the trouble to present it in a reasonably funny way.

    • Bill

      Good points there, these were good ideas that didn’t makje it onto the paper so well.

  • The Gee

    Y’know what is a drag?
    None of those three would really work if there were no words.
    The first one might, especially to loyal readers of the strip, but it might confusing to others who don’t read aren’t regular readers.

    So, we may as start re-wording them. for each cartoon in order:

    1) “Stephen King’s first job at Sea World led to an abrupt career change.”

    2) The agent sez: “Oh. You’re not in Heaven, you irresponsible driver. And, I ain’t your friend, I’m your agent.”

    3) Disgruntled guy: “When did the comics section start sucking like my pajama squirrel?”

    (juvenile, I know….)

    • Bill

      That first ones confusing for me even with words, but what you put down for those blanks was actually funny!

      I do agree, its sad how in an illustrated medium its just the words that are ment to carry the gags, go watch a cartoon on CN or Nick and its the same problem, everyone talks but they don’t do anything.