History Blog / TheComicsCurmudgeon

6th Feb '16 1:52:39 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* EnsembleDarkhorse (In-Universe): Aldo Kelrast, naturally, but Josh appreciates pretty much any more colorful single-arc character that diverts focus from a boring main cast, especially if that character have the audacity to insult them; past fascinations include fraudulent Negro Leagues star Clambake from ''Gil Thorp'', the "drunken, vomitous" Celeste Black from ''Judge Parker'', or the recurring Frank Nelson salesclerk guy from ''Gasoline Alley''.
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* EnsembleDarkhorse (In-Universe): Aldo Kelrast, naturally, but Josh appreciates pretty much any more colorful single-arc character that diverts focus from a boring main cast, especially if that character said characters have the audacity to insult them; past fascinations include fraudulent Negro Leagues star Clambake from ''Gil Thorp'', the "drunken, vomitous" Celeste Black from ''Judge Parker'', or the recurring Frank Nelson salesclerk guy from ''Gasoline Alley''.
5th Feb '16 11:59:52 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* HilariousInHindsight: A running the Spider-Man strip is how often Spidey is blindsided by falling bricks. In the infamous One More Day storyline in the main comics, Peter ends up missing his wedding to Mary-Jane... after a cinderblock falls on his head.

* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: When [[http://joshreads.com/?p=11816 Bil Keane]], creator of ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'', died in 2011, Josh was very somber, recalling the era when the strip was a lot edgier, and how the man himself [[SelfDeprecation had a great sense of humor about all the parodies of his work]]. ** Even the comments section has nothing but respect for the man, everybody agreeing that their mocking was in good jest, and that despite how unfunny many may have found the comic, every single commentor still respected him as a cartoonist and human being.
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* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: When [[http://joshreads.com/?p=11816 Bil Keane]], creator of ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'', died in 2011, Josh was very somber, recalling the era when the strip was a lot edgier, and how the man himself [[SelfDeprecation had a great sense of humor about all the parodies of his work]]. ** work]]. Even the comments section has nothing but respect for the man, everybody agreeing that their mocking was in good jest, and that despite how unfunny many may have found the comic, every single commentor still respected him as a cartoonist and human being.

** And when [[http://joshreads.com/?p=1361 Al Scaduto]] of ''They Do It Every Time'' passed away at the age of 79, no one, not Josh nor the commenters, expressed anything but respect for the man.
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** And when [[http://joshreads.com/?p=1361 Al Scaduto]] of ''They Do It Every Time'' passed away at the age of 79, no one, not Josh nor the commenters, expressed anything but respect for the man. Josh even mentioned that, despite not quite getting the strip and its bizarre idiosyncrasies of language (later dubbing them "Scaduto-isms"), it grew on him to the point where he was delighted to feature new installments submitted by commenters' mail.

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** And when [[http://joshreads.com/?p=1361 Al Scaduto]] of ''They Do It Every Time'' passed away at the age of 79, no one, not com/?p=26599 Jack Elrod's passing]] left Josh nor particularly saddened, as the commenters, expressed anything but respect for weirdness of ''Mark Trail'' under Elrod's tenure was partially what had inspired him to create the man.blog in the first place.
22nd Jan '16 3:32:57 PM donteatacowman3
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The tooth fairy, according to [[http://joshreads.com/?p=26312#dennis this]].
16th Jan '16 10:27:52 PM nombretomado
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-->'''[[FamilyCircus Billy:]]''' Now that we're in bed, they won't have to watch their language on TV.\\
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-->'''[[FamilyCircus -->'''[[ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus Billy:]]''' Now that we're in bed, they won't have to watch their language on TV.\\
16th Jan '16 11:21:40 AM StFan
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* PutOnABus: An interesting non-character example. Either Josh loses interest in many comics, or runs out of ways he can play on the same running gag, or he finds replacements to mock when the older riffing material gets stale. [[note]]we hardly ever see TheLockHorns since he started poking fun at TheBetterHalf, nor Garfield or Marmaduke since he started on Heathcliff[[/note]] Regardless, many many comics have come and gone from his circulation over the years.
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* PutOnABus: An interesting non-character example. Either Josh loses interest in many comics, or runs out of ways he can play on the same running gag, or he finds replacements to mock when the older riffing material gets stale. [[note]]we hardly ever see TheLockHorns ''ComicStrip/TheLockHorns'' since he started poking fun at TheBetterHalf, ''ComicStrip/TheBetterHalf'', nor Garfield or Marmaduke since he started on Heathcliff[[/note]] Regardless, many many comics have come and gone from his circulation over the years.
16th Jan '16 11:20:51 AM StFan
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* FridgeBrilliance:[[invoked]] There were comics that Josh had initially disliked when the blog started, but as he reviewed them more he began to genuinely appreciate them. Two examples are ''Curtis'' and ''They'll Do It Every Time''. ** This is somewhat true with ''The Better Half'' in which he never even acknowledged it until Uncle Lumpy started blogging it while he was on vacation. But realizing that their marriage is more fucked up than TheLockhorns he started taking a interest in it. Though it seems if anything more of a "fascination" than actual appreciation.
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* FridgeBrilliance:[[invoked]] There were comics that Josh had initially disliked when the blog started, but as he reviewed them more he began to genuinely appreciate them. Two examples are ''Curtis'' and ''They'll Do It Every Time''. ** Time''. This is somewhat true with ''The Better Half'' in which he never even acknowledged it until Uncle Lumpy started blogging it while he was on vacation. But realizing that their marriage is more fucked up than TheLockhorns on ''ComicStrip/TheLockhorns'', he started taking a interest in it. Though it seems if anything more of a "fascination" than actual appreciation.
15th Jan '16 12:29:22 AM Mdumas43073
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* {{Dissimile}}: His quip about ''The Family Circus'' [[http://joshreads.com/?p=10713 here]]:
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* {{Dissimile}}: His quip about ''The Family Circus'' ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' [[http://joshreads.com/?p=10713 here]]:

** Josh once referred to a Gil Thorp plot as [[http://joshreads.com/?p=3113 "A roller-coaster ride, if roller-coasters had no hills and didn't move at all."]]
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** Josh once referred to a Gil Thorp ''Gil Thorp'' plot as [[http://joshreads.com/?p=3113 "A roller-coaster ride, if roller-coasters had no hills and didn't move at all."]]
15th Jan '16 12:27:35 AM Mdumas43073
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** The ''ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}'' and ''ComicStrip/SnuffySmith'' comics generally get reviewed with a mildly sneery checklist of pretty much every stereotype off the AcceptableTargets[[invoked]] checklist regarding rural people. His opinion seems to have softened since the passing of creator Johnny Hart and the strip's subsequent transformation into a Legacy Comic. Hart had made the comic preachy, unfunny and overtly religious in a way that didn't suit the tone of the comic after his finding religion. The legacy writer's decision to go in a more bizarre direction with it leads to a more incomprehensible but ''more enjoyable'' comic.
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** The ''ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}'' and ''ComicStrip/SnuffySmith'' comics generally get reviewed with a mildly sneery checklist of pretty much every stereotype off the AcceptableTargets[[invoked]] checklist regarding rural people. ** His opinion of ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' seems to have softened since the passing of creator Johnny Hart and the strip's subsequent transformation into a Legacy Comic. Hart had made the comic preachy, unfunny and overtly religious in a way that didn't suit the tone of the comic after his finding religion. The legacy writer's decision to go in a more bizarre direction with it leads to a more incomprehensible but ''more enjoyable'' comic.
15th Jan '16 12:26:08 AM Mdumas43073
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Over time, the blog has developed a great deal of media attention as the authors of many comics have discovered it. Some comic artists or writers are even fans of the blog, including Chris Browne (''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible''), Mark Tatulli (''Lio'', ''Heart of the City''), Francesco Marciuliano (''[[ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward Sally Forth]]'' and also the web comic ''Medium Large''), Ed Power (''ComicStrip/MyCage''), "Jumble Jeff" Knurek (the ''Jumble'' puzzle/comic), James Allen (Jack Elrod's assistant/successor on ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail''), and Bob Weber, Jr. (''ComicStrip/SlylockFox''). Marciuliano, who is also registered on the boards, even created a logo for the site (and the image for this page) during a major site redesign in early 2010. Also, Bob Weber has actually used the blog to sell official Slylock Fox merchandise directed at the adult fans of his strip.
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Over time, the blog has developed a great deal of media attention as the authors of many comics have discovered it. Some comic artists or writers are even fans of the blog, including Chris Browne (''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible''), Mark Tatulli (''Lio'', ''Heart of the City''), Francesco Marciuliano (''[[ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward Sally Forth]]'' and also the web comic ''Medium Large''), Ed Power (''ComicStrip/MyCage''), "Jumble Jeff" Knurek (the ''Jumble'' puzzle/comic), James Allen (Jack Elrod's assistant/successor on ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail''), and Bob Weber, Jr. (''ComicStrip/SlylockFox''). Marciuliano, who is also registered on the boards, even created a logo for the site (and the image for this page) during a major site redesign in early 2010. Also, Bob Weber has actually used the blog to sell official Slylock Fox ''Shylock Fox'' merchandise directed at the adult fans of his strip.
15th Jan '16 12:23:33 AM Mdumas43073
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** By contrast, Josh desperately wishes that the characters in ''Luann'' would all develop this, as the [[UnresolvedSexualTension achingly awkward "sexiness"]] of the strip "makes my libido shrivel and die."
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** By contrast, Josh desperately wishes that the characters in ''Luann'' ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'' would all develop this, as the [[UnresolvedSexualTension achingly awkward "sexiness"]] of the strip "makes my libido shrivel and die."
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