Re: Funny, Not Funny

07/26/20 - posted by Paul Judge

I’m in agreement with Angus Macfarlane’s assessment of the state of Sunday comics in the SF Chronicle. "Some are funny. Some are social commentary. Some I don't understand.” Chalk it up perhaps to the age of the beholder. Plus the sketch art of some strips lack appeal but that’s just my opinion.

In my family we kids recall the laughter of our dad as he read the Sunday Comics. He had a special rolling laugh for Blondie and Beetle Bailey on the front page and onward through the pages of the funnies. He’d save Prince Valiant to the last and often read it to us or comment about its content. Prince Valiant stood out for its detailed illustrations and vibrant colors. It’s historic context wetted the imagination.

It's likely that we each have favorite cartoonists. Who couldn't bust a laugh reading Gary Larson or scratch their head and chuckle at an obtuse Bloom County strip by Berkeley Breathed?

What gets me is the work that all cartoonists go through to create their art week in and week out. It mustn’t be easy and some like Gary Trudeau creator of Doonesbury has been spreading ink and story lines for over 50 years.

Last Sunday’s reprised edition of Charles Schulz, ‘Peanuts’ provided a good guffaw. It was a typical Schulz’ observation of human nature with Sally Brown’s misinterpretation providing the fun.

You can find many comic strip creations, 'fit to spit' at GoComics website. Here’s their collection A - Z by title:

With the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down galleries, museums, shops and the like one may browse some exhibitions online.
Here’s the link to the History of Peanuts: Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California

This is the link to online comic strip art exhibitions of The Cartoon Art Museum located at 781 Beach Street | San Francisco.

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