The Post-Dispatch (disclosure: my employer) has decided it’s once again the season for weeding out the comics.
I have to admit, this time around I think they are going about it the right way … or at least they picked the right strips to put on the chopping block.
Basically they have taken ten comics and split them into two groups. Readers are being asked to vote for one strip in each group which they would like to see replaced with a new strip.
Here are the comics which have been nominated for elimination, along with links to the actual pages where you can vote.
- For Better or Worse
- Hagar the Horrible
- Hi & Lois
- Family Circus
- In The Bleachers
I think they could replace all of these and I wouldn’t be broken-hearted.
But since it comes down to just two, it’s got to be Hagar and Ziggy. Two strips that have been phoning it in for decades and are never even remotely amusing.
(Following close behind would be Garfield and Hi & Lois (sorry, Mom), two more phone-it-in legacy strips)
I do still enjoy Blondie, FBOFW, and Family Circus. I have a soft spot for Drabble and In The Bleachers can be zany. But it wouldn’t bother me if any of them were cut.
My taste in comics is pretty wide (I love Mark Trail and Pearls Before Swine, for example), but honestly in this day of newspapers with shrinking page counts, there’s no way to justify keeping stale comics.
I would like to see fresher, funnier stuff on the comics pages, and I think it’s long past time to dump strips like Hi & Louis, Beetle Bailey, and Hagar the Horrible in favor of something funnier, more genuine, or more artistic.
P.S. One other thought: I wish Lola and Mallard Fillmore were nominated for elimination. My feelings toward Lola are well-known. But Mallard Fillmore bothers me a lot, too. Ostensibly it’s on the page to appease conservatives. But it’s a terrible comic: never funny, frequently dumb, poorly drawn. I am a conservative myself, but I have to say DUMP THE DUCK!