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Achewood is dull and shitty.

Get Fuzzy rocks.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 10, 2008 12:04 PM

This sample is in no way as funny as Get Fuzzy, hater.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 10, 2008 12:04 PM

not funny.

I'd pick Auckland btw, or a small sailbot in Medit. If uprooting, Canada would be sort of boring and the USA easily could take it over, in the upcoming energy wars.
First buy Iceland, then get Greenland, then poof! they're surrounded.

Posted by PC | October 10, 2008 12:06 PM

im going to the signing to talk about how much i love get fuzzy

Posted by take that, bitatch | October 10, 2008 12:08 PM

the best thing to hit the comics following calvin and hobbes was aaron mcgruder's the boondocks. i still miss them.

Posted by gcm | October 10, 2008 12:12 PM

achewood is the best! i'm really surprised that this is the first time the slog has referenced it, especially since onstad is constantly taking on favorite topics such as:

gay marriage

and marijuana

Posted by ray | October 10, 2008 12:33 PM

A comic is all about the art. These drawings are painful to look at, created by someone with no visual sense of humor. It looks like any other web comic. (What's the horrible one about libraries?)Even clip-art or faux-clip-art strips like Get Your War On and This Modern World show greater visual creativity. Get Fuzzy's drawings give great pleasure, regardless of one's feeling about the content of the strip. I've never known Paul to be so wrong about anything.
This thing looks like the general college newspaper strip's misunderstanding of Garry Trudeau's style.

Posted by ratzkywatzky | October 10, 2008 12:35 PM

they did an interview on NPR with Chris.

Posted by tiffany | October 10, 2008 12:40 PM

Where do the people on the right threaten to go when it looks like a Democrat presidential victory?

Posted by just wondering | October 10, 2008 1:19 PM

Get Fuzzy FTW!!!!1!!one!

Posted by Jeremy from Seattle | October 10, 2008 1:25 PM

so, i'm going to do like the achewood haters and pass judgement on get fuzzy after just now laying eyes on it for the first time. here goes:

oh my god. get fuzzy? seriously? that shit can't even come close to the brilliance of achewood.

since 2002, onstad has been consistently cracking people up and making them feel actual human emotions with his cast of characters. if you actually READ some of his story arcs, you'll see that there is a lot more to achewood than simple drawings of cats and bears and a five-year-old otter named phillippe. onstad gets arty, too. but what really stands out is the writing. good god, the writing. on achewood, content is king. also, the bonus punchlines that can be found in the alt text are often priceless.

so, get fuzzy fans (wtf?), do yourselves a huge favor and read through a few achewood story arcs before you completely dismiss it based on a few out-of-context panels in a slog post.

and maybe i'll do the same with get fuzzy. maybe.

Posted by szzza | October 10, 2008 1:29 PM

Where do the people on the right threaten to go when it looks like a Democrat presidential victory?

Posted by just wondering | October 10, 2008 1:33 PM

The only comics worth following are Mary Worth, Apartment 3-G, Judge Parker, and Rex Morgan, MD.

Posted by Fnarf | October 10, 2008 2:12 PM

You kind of have to start from the beginning to get the most out of Achewood. It's humor lies in its character development and self referencing. It has some really great story arcs that aren't satisfying if you just read one panel.

Posted by T-Bone | October 10, 2008 2:30 PM

Achewood's advice column was great. I miss it. What was the name of the cat that was supposed to be giving the advice?

Posted by Luke Baggins | October 10, 2008 2:38 PM

@13: My grandmother started seeing a new doctor last week whose name really is Rex Morgan. It was like the most awesome thing to happen all month.

Posted by Darcy | October 10, 2008 2:42 PM

Okay, here's one of my favorites:

Posted by T-Bone | October 10, 2008 2:43 PM

Fnarf, how do you feel about Brenda Starr?

Posted by inkweary | October 10, 2008 2:51 PM

@Fnarf: Without the aid of the Comics Curmudgeon, I would never have known the existence or depth of Mary Worth's passive-aggressive chicanery.

Posted by laterite | October 10, 2008 2:52 PM

De nada, Paul. Fnarf, how do you feel about Mark Trail?

Posted by --MC | October 10, 2008 2:53 PM

I've actually seen Achewood before. It's alright. But I read Get Fuzzy every morning while I'm having my coffee. It's frequently the first good thing that happens to me during the day -- I deliberately read it before I move on to the news headlines. I'd say GF's batting average is about as high as any current strip.

Haters need to step off. Especially if it's in the vein of "The Velvet Underground is better than the Beatles" school of praising your own off-the-beaten-path preferences to some other thing that enjoys a much wider audience. Meh to that. It's fine if you like chutney-flavored popsicles, but don't go justifying it by saying "anybody who prefers grape popsicles is a fucking idiot!"


Posted by flamingbanjo | October 10, 2008 2:58 PM

@21: Er, "by comparing it to some other thing that enjoys..."


Posted by flamingbanjo | October 10, 2008 3:01 PM

Achewood is the best thing ever to occur in a visual medium.

That's not hyperbole. It's better than porn.

Posted by Dan | October 10, 2008 3:21 PM

Oh, God, yes, Brenda Starr. Do they still run it anywhere? Mark Trail is pretty great, too, especially when the rabbits and squirrels start talking to each other. Yes, Comics Curmudgeon is the most important of my daily blog rounds.

What's fucking criminal is that none of the great soap-opera strips have been reprinted in books from back in the day when they were seriously the best comic art going. Think I'm full of shit? Check out

WHY can't I buy a book of these?

Posted by Fnarf | October 10, 2008 3:31 PM

re: "Slog Tipper Mark informs us of a reading nobody knew about, coming up tomorrow:"

I don't even live in Seattle and I knew about this. Maybe you're getting your news from the wrong sources? ;)

Posted by Eric J | October 10, 2008 3:38 PM

Get Fuzzy has always been over my head. Every once in a great while it will make me crack a smile, but otherwise the puns just seem forced.

Posted by Ryan | October 10, 2008 4:33 PM

I miss Bloom County.

Posted by RainMan | October 10, 2008 8:43 PM

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