* America, you are apeshit for this post. Frankly, I am puzzled. It isn’t very good. Also, I come off as a dismissive asshole (which might be accurante). Anyhow, this is the most read ‘piece’ of the last year. I am glad you are here, please stick around and read 2 or 3 more pieces. Look up to the right, those are my other most read posts. Thanks for stopping by, though! – Lono 2/2012
** addendum to the addendum. This piece is still the most read. Wtf? I am tempted to take it down. it is mean spirited. I write to be funny and have some release. As I re-read this, I am just a jerk and a bully. However, regarding every word I said below… I am Correct. If it takes 2 guys to write a mediocre one panel comic… you are not a cartoonist. I am genuinely glad you stopped by. Please read a couple more pieces before you go. I promise, they aren’t as mean – 4/2013
I pretty much hate all cartoons now. Ever since Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes, and the Far Side are gone… I just don’t see funny any more. In fact, the only funny in today’s cartoons are at this site, where the author breaks down the subtext of each panel… and well.
What’s worse? Lazy cartoonists. Here are two perfect examples of why cartoons suck. First up is ‘Pluggers’. Pluggers is a single panel cartoon where the story lines are submitted by readers. Here, enjoy the whimsy:
Simply beyond terrible. Not funny. What’s worse? He has his readers write this shit. So, what exactly does the cartoonist do? He takes a paycheck for your hack ideas.
What’s next? Cartoon teams. Many cartoons are written by two guys. One writes the text, and the other draws. Guess what, if you can’t do both, then you are not a cartoonist. Think about it, cartoons aren’t drawn terribly well. Also, they generally aren’t written very well. If the drawer were particularly good, he would be an artist. Same with the content. Henry Miller wasn’t writing cartoons in between the ‘Tropic’ series.
So, what do you get for two minds cranking out one cartoon?
oh snap. Someone is about to get served, yo. Did it really take two people to write this? It is a poor man’s Far Side. I guess they had writer’s block that day. Yeah, that gem is called ‘Brevity’ by Guy & Rodd. What a bunch of tools. I bet they sit around and admire Anne Geddes books.
Get Fuzzy is pretty darn funny… but I do agree with you that the majority of comics stink
“writer’s block” has an apostrophe.
And Anne Geddes takes some of the most beautiful and touching photographs ever.
I apologize for omitting ‘Close to Home’ from JOhn McPherson. It is a single panel cartoon that I never miss if I pick up the paper. Dude is incredibly funny, and the definition of a good cartoonist.
See, his character drawings are terrible. Terrible! Still, though, dude draws his own stuff. He doesn’t need a ‘team’.
Speaking of teams, did you know that ‘Garfield’ is written by a team of half wits? Yeah, dude has a staff. Also, it is SO not funny that last year the LA Times dropped it.
Go, google ‘Close to Home’ and you won’t be disappointed.
Check out http://www.xkcd.com. Very funny. Here’s a recent one that I think you’ll enjoy. http://www.xkcd.com/890/
and make sure you read the mouseover text… Usually a second punchline..
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