Snarking on comic strips

Humorous comic strip critiques seem to be all the rage these days. I guess one of the earliest comic strip snark pages is the excellent Comics Curmugeon. The netizens are folks disillusioned with the maudlin storylines of For Better or For Worse and Funky Winkerbean. Josh Fruhlinger, the site’s blogger, seems to be doing a good job of snarking on the lesser-known soap opera comics, such as Gil Thorp, Mark Trail, Mary Worth, Judge Parker, and Rex Morgan — and, at the same time, is actually stoking an interest in those comic strips. God bless you, man. He is also not above snarking at kid’s strips like Slylock Fox, yet he also seems to have a strong respect for the strip’s artwork.

Other notable comic strip snark sites:

  • This Week in Milford — I once thought that Gil Thorp was a stodgy strip about high school athletics. Boy, was I wrong. In the span of one year, the strip has seen chainsaw amputations, self-inflicted head wounds, an entire girl’s team shaving off their hair (in support of a coach who, it turned out, didn’t have cancer), a fraudulent Magical Black Man, and punches galore! It’s seriously one of the most absurd strips in the funny pages, and This Week in MilfordDoes not miss a moment.
  • Reynard NoirSlylock Fox is a comic for children that reads like Encyclopedia Brown if it were written for babies. What more fun that if it were written in noir style? This is a less farfetched idea than it seems, especially if a certain Cassandra Cat is involved.
  • Dean Booth’s Comic Pics — Perhaps the best photoshopped comic panels on the internet today. Does it get any better than Naked Mark Trail? (Actually, it does. Heterosexual men and non-traditional women should click on “View Original #2.”)
  • And if your tastes also include comic strips that only reside on the internet, check out Your Webcomic is Bad and You Should Feel Bad to get a sampling of some of the most atrocious strips on the net. I do think that John Solomon goes overboard in his vitriol, though. However, there are enough examples of sad-sack webcomics that, in the end, it’s all worth it.


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