Comics poll

Okay, it’s no secret. I really enjoy newspaper comics. But one thing that bugs me about the newspaper comics is the way so many papers cling to ancient strips, stale and moldy, drawn by their creators’ grandchildren.

The Post-Dispatch is apparently going to get rid of some strips and bring in fresh, new ones. This is potentially a very good thing. (Disclaimer: I work for the Post-Dispatch)

Want to help decide who they dump? Then vote by clicking here

Of course I have some strips I really would like to see go. I would highly encourage you to vote against Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois, B.C., and Hagar the Horrible. If only they had included Lola (the bane of my existence) or Mallard Fillmore (I am a conservative, but I hate this unfunny strip) on this survey!

Not all the old strips are stale. In fact, I’ve become a fan of stuff like Mark Trail (whose stories are so bad they are funny), Prince Valiant (good art, decent stories), and Curtis (one of the best-drawn strips, hands-down, with some funny moments).

As far as strips I like… My favorite is Pearls Before Swine, followed by Get Fuzzy, Lucky Cow, The Duplex, and the now-Sunday-only Fox Trot.

So, please, vote. Let’s work together to revitalize the comics page!

About Josh Renaud

I'm the Emperor of the Renaud Empire, which is to say that I'm the husband of a Boliviana and the father of three daughters and one son. When I'm not conquering lands and expanding borders, I'm a newspaper designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find me on Twitter (@Kirkman) or Google+.
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4 Responses to Comics poll

  1. Anita Renaud says:

    You will find as you age that the things that created your life memories fall by the wayside one by one, and you will cling more tightly than ever to the bits that remain. Those comic strips are pieces of a more innocent time that has long been gone, and those of us that laughed at those comics need to to remember those times by hanging on to them a little bit longer:)

  2. Carolyn says:

    Oh my. Dare I get into the middle of a mom and son difference of opinion? Hmmm, yes. I agree with you, Josh (sorry, Anita). However, I do miss Calvin & Hobbes! Wow. Maybe I do agree with Anita (sorry, Josh).
    Congratulations, Josh and Yoli, on the good news about baby number two! We rejoice with you.

  3. Josh Renaud says:

    Thanks for joining the discussion! 🙂 I would argue that perhaps part of the reason you miss Calvin and Hobbes so mcuh is that the strip ended near its creative zenith. If it continued for 20-30 more years and developed a creative rut, probably folks wouldn’t remember it so fondly.
    (P.S. I love it too, and bought the “Complete Calvin and Hobbes” bound three-volume set. WOW, it’s great!)

  4. Yoli says:

    Well, I like some of the new ones, but I miss “Dennis the Menace” and “The Amazing Spider Man.” Those I actually read.