Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dog Eat Doug Is "Strange"

My local newspaper has a daily "column" where you can call or email and ask the newspaper questions and they will attempt to answer them. It's my favorite section. Today, this was in the paper:
Well, maybe Brian Anderson, who does Dog Eat Doug, thinks you are pretty strange. Dog Eat Doug is one of the better comic strips out there. In fact, it's extremely difficult to start a new comic strip as newspapers are leery about replacing time tested strips like Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois and even the Peanuts reruns with newer strips that are as good or better. The sad truth is that a comic strip's popularity is still measured by how many newspapers it appears in and people voting in comic surveys don't want change--they want familiarity. Below are some newer comics that, so far, really haven't hit it big despite their popularity online.

Cul De Sac
Cul De Sac's creator Richard Thompson won the Cartoonist of the Year Reuben Award and Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson has gushed about the comic repeatedly. It's funny, poignant and smart and well-worth the read.

Scary Gary
I like Scary Gary. I know there are some people who don't but the idea of a vampire moving to the suburbs is just an interesting concept.

Brewster Rockit, Space Guy

Lio & Heart of the City
Both done by Mark Tatulli, Lio is unique because it rarely ever shows anyone talking while Heart of the City tends to have a lot of talking. Neither strip fails to disappoint.

Dog Eat Doug
Now compare these strips with the one that I routinely comment on and read every single without fail. The Born Loser
I'm sorry but I just don't see any comparison between them.