Here are links to some of my favorite strips. Please
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Bug & Robot appears weekly in
One of the freshest comics around and - believe it
or not - loved by white people too, including me. I've loved
this strip since it first appeared in The Daily News and
even had the pleasure of meeting Aaron McGruder last year. Racist?
Not at all. Controversial? Sometimes. Funny? Definitely.
I think that the best thing about the "controversialness"
of this strip (ie. tackling relevant issues) is that Mr.
McGruder shows more than one side of the issue - and often so
fairly that it's hard to tell which side he himself is on.
Without a doubt, this is the comic strip that made
me (and many others) love comic strips. Maybe the passage of
time has glossed it up in my memory, but I think that it's one
of the best strips ever. If you've never read it, you should
(but you probably already have).
Though some might disagree, Zits is consistently
well-drawn and well-written. Maybe my being a white, middle class
teenager (well, I still feel like a teenager anyway) like Jeremy
helps, but I think that it's usually pretty funny.
I think that the best thing about this strip (besides
that it's always drawn and written well, of course) is that the
characters age in real time. I remember when Michael and Liz
were bickering teenagers, I remember when April was born, I remember
when the dog died... Character continuity like this is rare in
any serialized medium, and it makes this strip all the more special
because it makes you feel like you actually know the characters.
In a way, Foxtrot is is to computer nerds the
way The Boondocks is to hip-hop in that you need to be
a nerd to get some of the jokes. I haven't missed one yet. Thankfully,
Foxtrot doesn't rely too heavily on nerdy Jason, the youngest
sibling of the Fox family, for all of the jokes, and thereby
avoids the early-Simpsons problem of basing too many of
the jokes on one character (I meant Bart, but later seasons can
arguably be accused of focusing tons of time on Homer).
This strip is drawn extremely well and it is pretty
funny, although many of the jokes end up getting based around
the wild Bucky (the cat, see Foxtrot/Simpsons), with Satchel
(the dog) and their owner reacting to his actions. Personally,
the strip is usually funnier when Bucky isn't the main focus
of the jokes, but it's consistently funny anyway. I actually
took that part of this strip into consideration when I came up
with Bug & Robot because it made me realize the threat
of having every strip being Robot reacting to Bug's wacky actions.
Because it's about pets, Get Fuzzy sometimes gets lumped
in with the likes of Heathcliff and Marmaduke in
The Daily News on Sundays, but at least one of the strips
on that page is funny.
The homely themes of this strip might seem in direct
opposition to the potty humor of Bug & Robot, but
the artwork is some of the best around, especially the beautifully
colored Sunday strips.
If I missed something you like or you're just looking
for something different, check out this site. You'll probably
find most of the strips you like here.