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Comics Tournament: 4/3/08

Well, here we are, after nearly two months, with the conclusion of the best comic strip tournament. Let's see some results!

Results: Round 7: The Third-Place Game

The Far Side -- 10 votes
defeats
Doonesbury -- 2 votes

Analysis: "I always really like the 'it was late and i was tired' comic. I just think the kid is drawn so absurdly in a funny way." -- Anthony

"The Far Side. Is this even a contest?" -- Alisa

"Random is good. Boing!" -- Tom

"The Far Side. Though I'm surprised that it is winning by such a wide margin, frankly; they don't seem that mismatched to me." -- Rob

Round 7: The Finals

Calvin and Hobbes -- 9 votes
defeats
Zits -- 3 votes

Analysis: I'm sure it wouldn't have changed the outcome, but more and more I've come to regret breaking the tie against FoxTrot back in round 4.

"It was inevitable -- the best comic strip gets what it deserves." -- Anthony

"Zits is one of the few comics that actually takes place in reality. Congratulations, Zits, you exist in the real world!" -- Tom

"C&H is more thought-provoking." -- admiralmemo

"Zits...I guess this is one of the comics I can relate to because it's still in the papers. I forget what Calvin and Hobbes was about" -- Dad

"Calvin and Hobbes -- although I hate to vote against MY OLD FRIEND Jerry Scott, I think Calvin and Hobbes will stand the test of time better than Zits. But I still love Zits!" -- Mom

So, that's the end of that. As always, the tournament was both hard work and quite fun to put on, though in retrospect "Best Comic Strip" might not have been the best idea. In addition to the fact that there was consensus quite early that Calvin and Hobbes both should and would win, it turns out there aren't that many second-tier comics; rather, there are a handful of absolute classics and then strips that are generally pretty decent but not that great, but very few in between, which made finding two-through-five seeds difficult. I'll try to find a subject that's a little better balanced next time (and there will be a next time, though it may not be for a while).

In conclusion, I think everyone should run their own blog-based single-elimination tournament. Go on, I'm waiting.
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Comics Tournament: 3/30/08

Results: Round 6: The Fascinating Four

Zits -- 6 votes
defeats
Doonesbury -- 3 votes

Analysis: "I had intended to write a comment about how Zits doesn't really belong in the finals and whatnot. But then I realized, I read the comic every day, pretty much enjoy it whenever I do, and most of the other stuff these days is just garbage. Perhaps that inflates my opinion of the comic above what it would be if measured against some of the past classics, but even if thats the case, I will gladly accept Zits as a finalist." -- Anthony

"I can't believe I'm voting against Zits. Doonesbury is an institution, though. Have I said that before in this tournament? Regarding other comics? Possibly... ah well on to reason B: I like the way that Trudeau draws eyes." -- Rob

The Far Side -- 2 votes
loses to
Calvin and Hobbes -- 7 votes

Analysis: "Calvin and Hobbes - When I step back and look at the comic as a whole, it really hits me just how messed up Calvin really is. I mean, sure, we all have fantasies about beating people up and so on, but Calvin has fantasies about slaughtering his entire class in glee. Combine that with his many extremely morbid snowmen, and you have a little goth in the making. And by goth, I mean possible terrorist." -- Anthony

"I hate to vote against The Far Side, but C&H is usually much more profound in its humor. The Far Side just goes for laughs. (Really, really GOOD laughs, though.)" -- admiralmemo

"The Far Side...No impact on American life from this strip. Just strange laughs (are those guffaws?)" -- Dad

Round 7: The Third-Place Game

#OS1 The Far Side
Created by Gary Larson
-- vs. --
#C1 Doonesbury
Created by Garry Trudeau
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/

Talking cows and chickens versus talking plants (circa 1973) and talking cigarettes (circa 1995).

Round 7: The Finals

#D1 Calvin and Hobbes
Created by Bill Watterson
http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/
-- vs. --
#CS2 Zits
Created by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/zits.asp

Well, now I wish I hadn't blown my comment about early Zits being inspired by Calvin and Hobbes back in Round 4.

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Comics Tournament: 3/27/08

Results: Round 5: The Exciting Eight

Calvin and Hobbes -- 7 votes
defeats
Dilbert -- 3 votes

Analysis: "The first one was the toughest yet. I had to go with Calvin, though, because while Dilbert is relevant to my current adulthood, Calvin WAS my childhood." -- admiralmemo

Blondie -- 1 vote
loses to
The Far Side -- 9 votes

Analysis: "More difficult then I first imagined. I re-read an old Far Side collection I had the other day, and found myself less impressed. However, I was really voting for Blondie for its longevity, consistency, and the fact my Dad would vote for it. I can't let that blind me anymore." -- Anthony

"Far Side -- I've never seen a Blondie page a day calendar." -- Mom

"I have continued to stash away Far Sides from each year's calendar -- comics that I have seen a dozen times and that have no right to be amusing any more -- for future posting on walls/doors/fridges/etc. I can't think of a single Blondie that would get that treatment." -- Rob

"Blondie. So modern and up to date." -- Dad

Bloom County -- 4 votes
loses to
Doonesbury -- 5 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "Bloom County - On the topic of selling out, there is nothing wrong it, right? Not selling out is the dumbest thing anyone can do. It makes me want to vote against Calvin and Hobbes now. Good thing I haven't decided on that match yet." -- Anthony

"I'm less familiar with Bloom than I am with any of the other seven comics this round, plus Doonesbury is one of the most consistently funny strips alive." -- Rob

Get Fuzzy -- 2 votes
loses to
Zits -- 7 votes

Analysis: "Zits. Melba toast version of teenage angst" -- Dad

Round 6: The Fascinating Four

#CS2 Zits
Created by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/zits.asp
-- vs. --
#C1 Doonesbury
Created by Garry Trudeau
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/

When it comes time for Jeremy to go to college, let's hope he can get in somewhere better than Walden College.

#OS1 The Far Side
Created by Gary Larson
-- vs. --
#D1 Calvin and Hobbes
Created by Bill Watterson
http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/

I like the one where Calvin goes into the transmogrifier and comes out looking like Gary Larson drew him.

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Comics Tournament: 3/23/08

Results: Round 4, Dogpatch Region

Calvin and Hobbes -- 8 votes
defeats
Pearls Before Swine -- 0 votes

Analysis: "Hobbes should really eat Calvin at some point. That would have been a great ending to the strip." -- Tom

Results: Round 4, Milford Region

Baby Blues -- 1 vote
loses to
Dilbert -- 7 votes

Analysis: "For absolutely no reason I can think of, one of my all-time favorite lines in Dilbert comes from the 'flat-tie' comic, regarding Dilbert getting lucky. When Dogbert asks, 'Did you discover religion' I can't help but cracking up. I'll never understand why." -- Anthony

Results: Round 4, Walden College Region

For Better or For Worse -- 2 votes
loses to
Blondie -- 4 votes
(2 abstentions)

Analysis: "Blondie: It sticks to its roots" -- Dad

Results: Round 4, Okefenokee Swamp Region

Hagar the Horrible -- 2 votes
loses to
The Far Side -- 6 votes

Analysis: "The Far Side: Hagar's not even the best comic about a Viking." -- Anthony

Results: Round 4, Riverside Region

Bloom County -- 4 votes
defeats
Non Sequitur -- 4 votes

Analysis: I broke the tie in favor of Bloom County, which, as previously stated, is my favorite comic of all time.

Results: Round 4, Charterstone Region

Mother Goose and Grimm -- 1 vote
loses to
Doonesbury -- 6 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "Doonesbury is like Daily Show...only one of them is actually good. Poor Jon Stewart..." -- Tom

Results: Round 4, Milborough Region

Peanuts -- 3 votes
loses to
Get Fuzzy -- 4 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "Get Fuzzy: I still have no idea why my paper is running classic peanuts. there has got to be something they could replace it with. Like classical Bloom County." -- Anthony

"Get Fuzzy, even though I hate it." -- Dad

"I voted for Get Fuzzy simply because of this: http://www.comics.com/comics/getfuzzy/archive/getfuzzy-20080322.html" -- Tom

Results: Round 4, Camp Swampy Region

Zits -- 4 votes
defeats
FoxTrot -- 4 votes

Analysis: As I said last time, I thought that this was by far the hardest match so far in the tournament. I was very close to abstaining; by voting for FoxTrot but breaking the tie in favor of Zits, that's effectively what I did.

Round 5: The Exciting Eight

#D1 Calvin and Hobbes
Created by Bill Watterson
http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/
-- vs. --
#M1 Dilbert
Created by Scott Adams
http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/index.html

These two comics make an interesting contrast, showing a child's exuberance and rebellion compared to an adult's cynical acquiescence in the face of the death of his dreams.

#WC2 Blondie
Created by Chic Young, currently written by Dean Young and drawn by John Marshall
http://www.arcamax.com/blondie
-- vs. --
#OS1 The Far Side
Created by Gary Larson

Both of these comics contributed terms to our vocabulary: Blondie, of course, gave us the Dagwood sandwich, but some paleontologists now refer to an arrangement of spikes on the tail of a Stegosaurus as the "thagomizer", taken from a Far Side cartoon where, we learn, they're named for "the late Thag Simmons".

#R1 Bloom County
Created by Berkeley Breathed
http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/
-- vs. --
#C1 Doonesbury
Created by Garry Trudeau
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/

In the Outland collection One Last Little Peek, Berkeley Breathed comments on the early years of Bloom County, describing them as too wordy and too similar to Doonesbury, even mentioning that Garry Troudeau was offended by the resemblance. The collection also features a sketch drawn by Bill Watterson, teasing Breathed for "selling out" by licensing his characters, which Watterson never did.

#M2 Get Fuzzy
Created by Darby Conley
http://www.comics.com/comics/getfuzzy/index.html
-- vs. --
#CS2 Zits
Created by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/zits.asp

I'd like to take a moment to congratulate myself on how correct the seeding turned out; despite some early hiccups, five of the 1-seeds advanced, and the other three regional champions were 2-seeds. Well done, Jack!

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Comics Tournament: 3/20/08

Results: Round 3, Riverside Region

Bloom County -- 7 votes
defeats
Over the Hedge -- 1 vote
(2 abstentions)

Analysis: "I voted Bloom County -- It took me a while to discover the greatness but, seriously. What an intense look at everything, sprinkle Lee Iacocca and Steve Dallas in the mix and you come up with greatness." -- Keith

Non Sequitur -- 5 votes
defeats
Sally Forth -- 4 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: You people are all nuts.

"Non-Sequitur - Let's just advance Bloom County on and move ahead." -- Anthony

Results: Round 3, Charterstone Region

Pogo -- 2 vote
loses to
Mother Goose and Grimm -- 5 votes
(3 abstentions)

Analysis: "Pogo. Swamps, especially ones I can't spell, entice me" -- Dad

Brevity -- 1 vote
loses to
Doonesbury -- 7 votes
(2 abstentions)

Analysis: "I voted Doonesbury -- liberal crap? Not usually in comics section? Commentary that goes further than what is safe? If the world were like this I'd be happy." -- Keith

Results: Round 3, Milborough Region

Rhymes With Orange -- 2 votes
loses to
Peanuts -- 6 votes
(2 abstentions)

Analysis: "Rhymes with Orange - After voting for peanuts once, I have no qualms never voting for it again." -- Anthony

Get Fuzzy -- 5 votes
defeats
The Boondocks -- 4 votes

Analysis: "Boondocks. I don't like Fuzzy. This is a protest vote" -- Dad

Results: Round 3, Camp Swampy Region

Adam@Home -- 2 votes
loses to
Zits -- 8 votes

Analysis: "Zits - Conme on now: Jeremy is going to traffic violation court, but the sunday comic shows him driving with Pops. I think I hate you Zits." -- Anthony

FoxTrot -- 7 votes
defeats
Li'l Abner -- 2 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "I know I’m the only one who will vote this way. Li'l Abner makes me laugh" -- Dad

Round 4, Dogpatch Region

#1 Calvin and Hobbes
Created by Bill Watterson
http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/
-- vs. --
#2 Pearls Before Swine
Created by Stephan Pastis
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/pearls/

You know, for being a tiger, Hobbes was never really that bloodthirsty. Pearls Before Swine's crocks could teach him a thing or two.

Round 4, Milford Region

#3 Baby Blues
Created by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/comics/babyblues.html
-- vs. --
#1 Dilbert
Created by Scott Adams
http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/index.html

How is working as an anonymous drown for a large company like raising small children? I don't know, but I bet if you put Scott Adams, Rick Kirkman, and Jerry Scott in a room together they'd make some jokes about it.

Round 4, Walden College Region

#1 For Better or For Worse
Created by Lynn Johnston
http://www.uclick.com/client/sea/fb/
-- vs. --
#2 Blondie
Created by Chic Young, currently written by Dean Young and drawn by John Marshall
http://www.arcamax.com/blondie

My brother used to complain about the exaggerated reactions in Blondie, how after every punchline a vertical line would appear above the other characters to indicate shock. After reading the strip closely for the last few weeks, I have a similar complaint: Sometimes, after a punchline, Daisy, the dog, will look straight at the reader with a look of confusion, like she's the only sane being in an insane world. It really bothers me.

Round 4, Okefenokee Swamp Region

#6 Hagar the Horrible
Created by Dik Browne, currently written and drawn by Chris Browne
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/hagar.asp
-- vs. --
#1 The Far Side
Created by Gary Larson

As a 6-seed, Hagar the Horrible is the lowest-ranked comic still in the tournament.

Round 4, Riverside Region

#1 Bloom County
Created by Berkeley Breathed
http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/
-- vs. --
#3 Non Sequitur
Created by Wiley Miller
http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/

Hey, remember when Non Sequitur used to be a single-panel, gag-a-day strip? Now there are all these stories about Danae, and that horse, and Opus marrying Lola Granola...wait, scratch that last one.

Round 4, Charterstone Region

#3 Mother Goose and Grimm
Created by Mike Peters
http://grimmy.com/comics.php
-- vs. --
#1 Doonesbury
Created by Garry Trudeau
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/

Remember when Uncle Duke appeared on Larry King Live to announce that he was running for President in 2000? Like, in real life? No, seriously, that happened. I'm not sure Larry King was in on the joke.

Round 4, Milborough Region

#1 Peanuts
Created by Charles Schulz
http://www.snoopy.com/comics/peanuts/archive/index.html
-- vs. --
#2 Get Fuzzy
Created by Darby Conley
http://www.comics.com/comics/getfuzzy/index.html

Despite how terrible life was for everyone else around him, Snoopy always seemed pretty upbeat. Similarly, Satchel always seem to possess some sort of naive bliss in the face of all of Bucky's abuse.

Round 4, Camp Swampy Region

#2 Zits
Created by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/zits.asp
-- vs. --
#1 FoxTrot
Created by Bill Amend
http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrotclassics/

I don't have any proof, but I believe that Jeremy in Zits was originally concepted as Calvin as a teenager; it's fallen off a bit now, but in the early years of the strip he was prone to Wattersonian fantasies, such as seeing his father as a literal dinosaur or his head as an Etch-a-Sketch. I should also say this is an insanely hard match for me, and I really, really hope it doesn't end up as a tie.

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Comics Tournament: 3/16/08

Results: Round 3, Dogpatch Region

Calvin and Hobbes -- 9 votes
defeats
Cul-de-Sac -- 1 vote

Analysis: "In my head, I always imagined a story where waterson's higher ups, once he decides
to close the comic for good, try to force him to write a comic showing a grown up Calvin. Sinmce this would be a travesty, he ends the comic by either killing off Calvin [i assume in a wagon accident], or just having some sort of apocalypse. Moral of the story - I'm at work and I just got paid to write all of that! WOO!" -- Anthony

"Calvin and Hobbes. I remember tripping over the compilations of these comics on the floor" -- Dad

Garfield -- 4 votes
loses to
Pearls Before Swine -- 4 votes
(2 abstentions)

Analysis: Garfield is a cat. He doesn't have a job, or school, or really any reason to differentiate weekends from weekdays. Why does he hate Mondays? If I could've figured that out, maybe I would have broken the tie against Pearls Before Swine instead.

"Abstain: Garfield has run its course, but I'm not familiar with the opponent." -- Mom

"Garfield. Our cat doesn't eat lasagna. Maybe she would if we let her" -- Dad

"Garfield is the comic of our generation, speaking to all of our anxieties and fears, yet at the same time touching our hopes and aspirations. We, too, are afraid of Mondays, but we hope that tomorrow there may be lasagna." -- Tom

Results: Round 3, Milford Region

Monty -- 4 votes
loses to
Baby Blues -- 6 votes

Analysis: "Monty. This is a really tough match: another consistently funny vs. occasional hilarity decision, but this time with the twist that both comics are actually good." -- Rob

Lucky Cow -- 1 vote
loses to
Dilbert -- 9 votes

Analysis: "Dilbert - Wait, Dilbert's a comic now? I assume it's based entirely on what critics are calling 'the best $40 Anthony ever spent.' How much did I sell that to you for again Jack?" -- Anthony [He's talking about the time in junior year when he bought the Dilbert animated series DVD set, watched it once, then sold it to me about $25. Good times.--Jack]

"Dilbert: Its funny -- in a life is sad sort of way." -- Mom

Results: Round 3, Walden College Region

Rudy Park -- 2 votes
loses to
For Better or For Worse -- 8 votes

Analysis: "For Better or For Worse. I was genuinely concerned when their first (or whateverth) dog died back in like fifth grade." -- Rob

Blondie -- 5 votes
defeats
Diesel Sweeties -- 4 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "Blondie. I'm trying to time when our mailman shows up so I can run into him" -- Dad

"We need more men eating sandwiches and taking naps. Or...at least I need more sandwiches and naps." -- Tom

Results: Round 3, Okefenokee Swamp Region

Hagar the Horrible -- 6 votes
defeats
Liō -- 2 votes
(2 abstentions)

Analysis: "So I was in class the other day, and I have this really old teacher, who talks non stop about the same stories over and over again, and we moved into a computer lab, so now no onelistens to her anymore. I usually go on Wikipedia, search one topic, and just let the links take me. Well, most recently, I was reading about Icelandic surnaming, which somehow turned into Shinto myth, which turned back into Norse myth, which turned into Viking Hoaxes. Moral of the story, I'm, staging a hoax where HAGAR LIVED." -- Anthony

The Far Side -- 8 votes
loses to
Mutts -- 2 votes

Analysis: "It may sound strange, and I realize that I'm probably the only person who feels this way, but I don't like The Far Side. And my roommate has pajama pants that have Mutts on them, which I prefer to the 2739th Far Side Page-a-Day calendar." -- Kristie

"I was looking through an old collection once and I think I decided that like 80% of Far Side comics are about suffering or death. Hilarity!" -- Rob

"Little cute animals are not funny! When was the last time you saw a kitten and started laughing? No, you go 'aww...you're sooo adorable...'. Maybe if Mutts was drawn well I would have that same reaction." -- Tom

Round 3, Riverside Region

#1 Bloom County
Created by Berkeley Breathed
http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/
-- vs. --
#5 Over the Hedge
Created by Michael Fry and T. Lewis
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/hedge/

Berkeley Breathed originally created Bill the Cat as a parody of Garfield, intending the character to be so repulsive that no one would ever want to put him on any piece of merchandise. Also, in an odd coincidence, note that he and Cathy share a catchphrase, "Ack!"

#3 Non Sequitur
Created by Wiley Miller
http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/
-- vs. --
#2 Sally Forth
Created by Greg Howard, currently written by Francesco Marciuliano and drawn by Craig MacIntosh
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/comics/sforth.html

It's not really a non sequitur, but without anything better to say I'm just going to plug Frencesco Marciuliano's blog again.

Round 3, Charterstone Region

#2 Pogo
Created by Walt Kelly
-- vs. --
#3 Mother Goose and Grimm
Created by Mike Peters
http://grimmy.com/comics.php

The two cartoonists this round feature an astounding four first names between them, assuming you count "Peters" as basically the same as "Peter".

#4 Brevity
Created by Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perry
http://www.comics.com/comics/brevity/index.html
-- vs. --
#1 Doonesbury
Created by Garry Trudeau
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/

Brevity</i> debuted on January 3, 2005, making it by far the youngest comic in the tournament. By far.</i>

Round 3, Milborough Region

#5 Rhymes With Orange
Created by Hilary B. Price
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/rhymes.asp
-- vs. --
#1 Peanuts
Created by Charles Schulz
http://www.snoopy.com/comics/peanuts/archive/index.html

Phrases that rhyme with "Peanuts": "knee cuts", "bee huts", "she putts"...

#2 Get Fuzzy
Created by Darby Conley
http://www.comics.com/comics/getfuzzy/index.html
-- vs. --
#3 The Boondocks
Created by Aaron McGruder
http://www.gocomics.com/boondocks/

The Boondocks was first printed in The Diamondback, an independent student-newspaper of the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1996, when the paper was being edited by not-yet-disgraced-New York Times-columnist Jayson Blair. I checked, and I'm pretty sure the most notable alumni of Boston University's Daily Free Press are Bill O'Reilly and Onion-contributor Seth Reiss.

Round 3, Camp Swampy Region

#3 Adam@Home
Created by Brian Basset
http://www.gocomics.com/adamathome/index.phtml
-- vs. --
#2 Zits
Created by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/zits.asp

Jerry Scott doesn't just write Zits and Baby Blues; his first big break came in 1983 when he took over as the author of Nancy, making him one of the most accomplished cartoonists in the tournament.

#1 FoxTrot
Created by Bill Amend
http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrotclassics/
-- vs. --
#5 Li'l Abner
Created by Al Capp
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/lilabner/index.html

Proving that not every cartoonist left in the tournament is an un-American liberal swine like Garry Trudeau, Aaron McGruder, Walt Kelly, or, uh, Dean Young, in the the 1960s Al Capp used Li'l Abner to mock various lefties, including Ted Kennedy (as Senator O. Noble McGesture), Joan Baez (as folksinger Joanie Phoanie), and the Students for a Democratic Society (as Students Wildly Indignant About Nearly Everything).

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Comics Tournament: 3/13/08

Results: Round 2, Milborough Region

One Big Happy -- 2 votes
loses to
Peanuts -- 10 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "Peanuts -- I fondly remember the bleakness" -- Mom

Rhymes With Orange -- 5 votes
defeats
La Cucaracha -- 4 votes
(4 abstentions)

Big Top -- 3 votes
loses to
The Boondocks -- 6 votes
(4 abstentions)

Analysis: "Boonz: I feel like Aaron just knows who I am and what Ive gone through." -- Anthony

Get Fuzzy -- 8 votes
defeats
Beetle Bailey -- 4 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "Hey, Get Fuzzy is not funny. At least Beetle Bailey lives up to expectations" -- Dad

Round 2, Camp Swampy Region

Mark Trail -- 1 vote
loses to
Zits -- 9 votes
(3 abstentions)

Analysis: I for one am curious as to what Anthony's lost commentary on Zits had to say.

Adam@Home -- 10 votes
defeats
Crankshaft -- 0 votes
(3 abstentions)

Analysis: "Adam -- even though he is such a whiner! Have you ever noticed how the strip wouldn't be at all funny if Adam were a woman?" -- Mom

"Adam@Home. I miss Adam. An old lazy befuddled guy I can relate to. Oh! Is that Pickles?" -- Dad

Baldo -- 2 votes
loses to
Li'l Abner -- 4 votes
(7 abstentions)

Analysis: I assume we won't be seeing any more matches with this many abstentions for the rest of the tournament.

"Li'l Abner: For what scientists are calling 'no apparent reason,' I think Baldo is the worst comic in the history of the Earth. I can not stand it." -- Anthony

"Li'l Abner. One of my all time favorites. Watch out! Sadie Hawkins Day is just around the corner" -- Dad

FoxTrot -- 9 votes
defeats
Harmless Free Radicals -- 3 votes
(1 abstention)

Round 3, Dogpatch Region

#1 Calvin and Hobbes
Created by Bill Watterson
http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/
-- vs. --
#4 Cul-de-Sac
Created by Richard Thompson
http://www.gocomics.com/culdesac/

The early favorite and juggernaut in the last round takes on one of the strongest new additions to the Herald's comics page.

#3 Garfield
Created by Jim Davis
http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/
-- vs. --
#2 Pearls Before Swine
Created by Stephan Pastis
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/pearls/

Here's a generational match, pitting Pearls Before Swine, one of the most acclaimed young Turks in the comics business, against the strip that's perhaps the most representative of the ancien régime.

Round 3, Milford Region

#2 Monty
Created by Jim Meddick
http://www.comics.com/comics/monty/index.html
-- vs. --
#3 Baby Blues
Created by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/comics/babyblues.html

I know I've heard some grumbling about how successful the top seeds have been and the paucity of upsets, but I prefer to think that it just shows how prescient my seeding was.

#4 Lucky Cow
Created by Mark Pett
http://www.gocomics.com/luckycow/
-- vs. --
#1 Dilbert
Created by Scott Adams
http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/index.html

There aren't that many workplace comics in this tournament, and two of them ended up going against each other in this match.

Round 3, Walden College Region

#5 Rudy Park
Created by Darrin Bell and Theron Heir
http://www.comics.com/comics/rudypark/
-- vs. --
#1 For Better or For Worse
Created by Lynn Johnston
http://www.uclick.com/client/sea/fb/

Controversial statement: Now that it's begun mixing stories set in the past with the present-day strips, For Better or For Worse has become the Lost of newspaper comics. And speaking of Lost, I'm not particularly looking forward to tonight's Jin/Sun episode.

#2 Blondie
Created by Chic Young, currently written by Dean Young and drawn by John Marshall
http://www.arcamax.com/blondie
-- vs. --
#3 Diesel Sweeties
Created by Richard Stevens III
http://dieselsweeties.com/print/

It turns out that Blondie actually has an interesting backstory that doesn't show up in the modern comic: When the strip began in the early 30s, Blondie was a wild flapper girl. Dagwood was introduced a few years later as the son of a wealthy industrialist, and their wedding was a big event. Dagwood's parents disowned him for not marrying someone equally rich or refined, which is why he works for J.C. Dithers. I should say that even though they're both over 75 now, I'm pretty sure that as a robot Clango will outlive them.

Round 3, Okefenokee Swamp Region

#6 Hagar the Horrible
Created by Dik Browne, currently written and drawn by Chris Browne
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/hagar.asp
-- vs. --
#2 Liō
Created by Mark Tatulli
http://www.gocomics.com/lio/

There's a chance that "Hagar" is more correctly spelled with an umlaut over the first "a", so this match could have been the long-awaited diacritical-mark showdown.

#1 The Far Side
Created by Gary Larson
-- vs. --
#12 Mutts
Created by Patrick McDonnell
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/mutts.asp

Of course, the alternative to top-seeds crushing all who oppose them is travesties like this. Mutts is in Round 3? Really?

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Comics Tournament: 3/9/08

Depressingly few comments this time around. I'd like to encourage everyone to leave their thoughts; it makes for a much more enjoyable tournament experience all around.

Results: Round 2, Riverside Region

Bloom County -- 5 votes
defeats
Marvin -- 3 votes

Analysis: "Bloom County; America's Ill but so is Bill! That poster adorns the wall above my brother's toilet. Also, has there ever been a tournament with this much disparity? I mean, The top seeds just blow away everything else." -- Anthony

"Marvin: I am embarassed to say it, but if I picked up a paper and only had time to read one comic, I'd read Marvin before I'd read Bloom County." -- Mom

Funky Winkerbean -- 1 vote
loses to
Over the Hedge -- 6 votes

Analysis: "Funky Winkerbean: Haven't seen it in years, but have fond memories." -- Mom

Non Sequitur -- 6 votes
loses to
Frank and Ernest -- 2 votes

The Wizard of Id -- 4 votes
loses to
Sally Forth -- 4 votes

Analysis: Naturally, I broke the tie in favor of the higher seed.

"Wizard of Id: The bias from comics in my local paper is blatant." -- Anthony

Results: Round 2, Charterstone Region

Pogo -- 3 votes
defeats
Rex Morgan, M.D. -- 1 vote
(4 abstentions)

Analysis: "Pogo: I guess the enemy actually is some probably dumb comic." -- Anthony

Archie -- 4 votes
loses to
Mother Goose and Grimm -- 4 votes

Analysis: Once again the tie goes to the high seed, though this time I'm much less sure of my choice.

"Archie and Mother Goose...this is the toughest match I have faced in this tournament. I choose Mother Goose." -- Dad

Curtis -- 2 votes
loses to
Brevity -- 5 votes
(1 abstention)

Cathy -- 1 vote
loses to
Doonesbury -- 7 votes

Analysis: "Though I employed my 'anyone but Cathy' strategy to voting this round, I'm not so sure I had to. Doonesbury holds up." -- Everett

Round 2, Milborough Region

#9 One Big Happy
Created by Rick Detorie
http://www.comics.com/creators/onebighappy/
-- vs. --
#1 Peanuts
Created by Charles Schulz
http://www.snoopy.com/comics/peanuts/archive/index.html

People today seem to forget that Peanuts was an extremely bleak comic. Charlie Brown never kicks the football, Lucy never gets any attention from Schroeder, Linus is always teased about his security blanket, and so forth. It wasn't all uplifting Christmas specials and MetLife ads.

#5 Rhymes With Orange
Created by Hilary B. Price
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/rhymes.asp
-- vs. --
#4 La Cucaracha
Created by Lalo Alcaraz
http://www.gocomics.com/lacucaracha/

It turns out that La Cucaracha does not, in fact, rhyme with orange.

#6 Big Top
Created by Rob Harrell
http://www.gocomics.com/bigtop/
-- vs. --
#3 The Boondocks
Created by Aaron McGruder
http://www.gocomics.com/boondocks/

If I could redo the seeding, I wouldn't put The Boondocks and La Cucaracha in the same region. They take up similar mind-space as political- and socially-themed minority-oriented comics. It'd be like putting Mario 3, Mario Kart, and Yoshi's Island all in the same region in the video game tournament, which I also did.

#2 Get Fuzzy
Created by Darby Conley
http://www.comics.com/comics/getfuzzy/index.html
-- vs. --
#7 Beetle Bailey
Created by Mort Walker
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/beetlebailey.asp

Did you ever notice that Satchel and Sgt. Snorkel's dog Otto look suspiciously similar? Have you ever seen them in the same place at the same time? Also, I want to note that Beetle Bailey in second only to B.C. in the misogynist character names category, with the voluptuous Miss Buxley and the small-chested Private Blips ("blips on the radar screen", you see).

Round 2, Camp Swampy Region

#10 Mark Trail
Created by Ed Dodd, currently written and drawn by Jack Elrod
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/mark.asp
-- vs. --
#2 Zits
Created by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/zits.asp

With the debatable exception of For Better or For Worse, Mark Trail the last soap opera comic left in the tournament.

#3 Adam@Home
Created by Brian Basset
http://www.gocomics.com/adamathome/index.phtml
-- vs. --
#6 Crankshaft
Created by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/comics/crankshaft.html

Wait, wait, wait--Laura works while Adam stays home with the kids? It's like they're living in a cuckoo-clock!

#4 Baldo
Created by Hector Cantú and Carlos Castellanos
http://www.gocomics.com/baldo/index.phtml
-- vs. --
#5 Li'l Abner
Created by Al Capp
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/lilabner/index.html

On further consideration, I guess Li'l Abner could also be a soap opera comic. For people who aren't aware, the idea of a Sadie Hawkins dance, where the women ask the men, originates from Li'l Abner, where Sadie Hawkins was the least attractive woman in all of Dogpatch, who was only able to eventually get married after her father organized a race for all of the town's bachelors (the slowest one had to marry her).

#1 FoxTrot
Created by Bill Amend
http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrotclassics/
-- vs. --
#8 Harmless Free Radicals
Created by Fenmere, the Worm
http://www.grassdogstudio.com/hfr/

The link provided is for reruns of classic (as in, daily) FoxTrot; the current (as in, Sunday-only) strip can be found here. Will Bill Amend's comic prove strong enough to take out the first round'd most surprising juggernaut?

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Comics Tournament: 3/6/08

Results: Round 2, Walden College Region

Drabble -- 0 votes
loses to
For Better or For Worse -- 5 votes
(4 abstentions)

Analysis: "For Better or For Worse: although the drawing sucks, and I can never tell which character is which (all of the girls, from age 8 to 50, look the same). " -- Mom

"For Better or For Worse. I like the real life experiences. I sadly care what happens in their lives" -- Dad

Rudy Park -- 2 votes
defeats
Slylock Fox & Comics For Kids -- 1 vote
(6 abstentions)

Analysis: I'm going to take this opportunity to plug Reynard Noir again. It really is quite good.

Pickles -- 4 votes
loses to
Diesel Sweeties -- 4 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: I believe the robots are our future.

"Diesel - Pickles is weird. I don't have anything against it directly. But when I'm reading my local paper, I find myself just ignoring the comic these days. I guess that means it bores me?" -- Anthony

Blondie -- 5 votes
defeats
Apartment 3-G -- 2 votes
(2 abstentions)

Analysis: "Blondie - Without prompt yesterday, my dad started talking about comics, and how none of the good ones he can remember exist anymore. He started listed off the names, saying how they dont hold up. Then he came to Blondie, talking about how its a classic and whathaveyou. So I vote for blondie in honor of my dad. JUST LIKE JACK. Also, Apartment 3-G: pretty friggin' lame!" -- Anthony

"Blondie. Sandwiches. Running into the mailman. Sleeping at work. And the stories are so current" -- Dad

Results: Round 2, Okefenokee Swamp Region

The Amazing Spider-Man -- 2 votes
loses to
Liō -- 4 votes
(3 abstentions)

Analysis: "I voted for Spider-Man because, well, I love Spider-Man. Even incompetent, stupid annoying Spider-Man. Or as I call it, Spider-Man 3." -- Tom

Candorville -- 3 votes
loses to
Hagar the Horrible -- 5 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "I've always said newspapers need to include more random village burning." -- Tom

Pooch Café -- 3 vote
loses to
Mutts -- 5 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: So maybe I didn't do Pooch Café any favors by admitting that it might not deserve to be a 4-seed, but come on, people, Mutts is terrible.

"Pooch Cafe: never seen it, but Mutts is awful!" -- Mom

The Far Side -- 8 votes
defeats
Kudzu -- 0 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "The Far Side - It's too bad Calvin and Hobbes is so dominant, because I really liked the Far Side. I'VE GOT BOOKS TO PROVE IT." -- Anthony

Round 2, Riverside Region

#1 Bloom County
Created by Berkeley Breathed
http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/
-- vs. --
#9 Marvin
Created by Tom Armstrong
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/marvin.asp

In the interest of disclosure, I should say that Bloom County is my pick for the best comic ever. It really was brilliant.

#4 Funky Winkerbean
Created by Tom Batiuk
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/funky.asp
-- vs. --
#5 Over the Hedge
Created by Michael Fry and T. Lewis
http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/hedge/

Apparently there's a Funky Winkerbean musical. Who knew? Also, the school's mascot is a Scapegoat, which is pretty clever.

#3 Non Sequitur
Created by Wiley Miller
http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/
-- vs. --
#6 Frank and Ernest
Created by Bob Thaves, currently written and drawn by Tom Thaves
http://www.comics.com/comics/franknernest/

So a few weeks ago, I baffled my family by complaining that a Sunday Frank and Ernest strip wasn't consistent with established characterizations. "Look at the last panel!" I exclaimed. "Frank, the short and fat one, is making the bad pun, and Ernest, the slightly shorter and slightly fatter one, is reacting! It contradicts the last thirty years of the comic!" No one was particularly swayed by my argument.

#7 The Wizard of Id
Created by Brant Parker and Johnny Hart, currently drawn by Jeff Parker
http://www.creators.com/comics/wizard-of-id.html?comicname=wiz
-- vs. --
#2 Sally Forth
Created by Greg Howard, currently written by Francesco Marciuliano and drawn by Craig MacIntosh
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/comics/sforth.html

Francesco Marciuliano, the current author of Sally Forth, is a very funny man; for a few years he wrote and drew an extremely funny webcomic called Medium Large, I can't find the complete archives online, only this page. Under his stewardship, Sally Forth has evolved into one of the funnier comics around that even you're parents would like, complete with references to The Star Wars Christmas Special and meta-jokes about no one knowing what Ted's job was.

Round 2, Charterstone Region

#2 Pogo
Created by Walt Kelly
-- vs. --
#10 Rex Morgan, M.D.
Created by Nicholas P. Dallis, Marvin Bradley, and Frank Edgington, currently written by Woody Wilson and drawn by

Graham Nolan
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/comics/king.htm?name=Rex_Morgan

I couldn't find Pogo anywhere online. Sorry everyone.

#6 Archie
Created by Bob Montana, currently written by Craig Boldman and drawn by Henry Scarpelli
http://www.creators.com/comics/archie.html
-- vs. --
#3 Mother Goose and Grimm
Created by Mike Peters
http://grimmy.com/comics.php

Thinking about it, I have nothing to say about this match-up. Nope, nothing at all.

#5 Curtis
Created by Ray Billingsley
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/curtis.asp
-- vs. --
#4 Brevity
Created by Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perry
http://www.comics.com/comics/brevity/index.html

I'm not sure if it's true, but I think my brother was a big fan of Brevity back when it still ran in the Herald. I'll admit there was something appealing about the rather sparse drawing and low-key humor.

#8 Cathy
Created by Cathy Guisewite
http://www.gocomics.com/cathy/
-- vs. --
#1 Doonesbury
Created by Garry Trudeau
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/

Forty years of liberal politicking takes on the comic that set feminism back nearly as long. You have to give Doonesbury credit for making John Kerry jokes long before it was cool.

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Comics Tournament: 3/2/08

Results: Round 2, Dogpatch Region

Calvin and Hobbes -- 11 votes
defeats
Gasoline Alley -- 0 votes

Analysis: I don't feel like checking, but I think this is the first complete shut-out (as in no abstentions) in the tournament this far.

"Calvin and Hobbes. Everyone's favorite peeing adolescent." -- Kayvon

"Calvin and Hobbes - Alternate series ending comic: Calvin acknowledges Hobbes isnt real, and wishes he was. Hobbes turns real, and eats calvin. Everyone wins." -- Anthony

Cul-de-Sac -- 7 votes
defeats
Ziggy -- 1 vote
(3 abstentions)

Analysis: "There is *no* shame in ziggy..." -- Kayvon

"Cul de Sac: someone should have shot Ziggy years ago." -- Mom

"Cul-de-Sac: I live on a cul-de-sac!" -- Tom

Garfield -- 10 votes
defeats
Marmaduke -- 0 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "GaRfield - http://www.truthandbeautybombs.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4997&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0" -- Anthony

"Garfield may be simple but I can read it on Sunday mornings very quickly. That's a good thing" -- Dad

"Garfield: Garfield and I are pretty similar, in that Jon bores both of us." -- Tom

Tundra -- 3 votes
loses to
Pearls Before Swine -- 4 votes
(4 abstentions)

Analysis: "Tundra: The most hilarious strip ever -- bears eating humans, bone strewn about and a bear holding bloody clothing saying 'I wish they came in recyclable containers'. It was SOOOOO bad that I laughed myself silly." -- Mom

Round 2, Milford Region

Monty -- 5 votes
defeats
9 Chickweed Lane -- 1 vote
(5 abstentions)

Analysis: "Monty. Mediocre in general, but every now and then Monty hits upon a real zinger of an arc." -- Rob

Six Chix -- 1 vote
loses to
Baby Blues -- 9 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "Baby Blues: Jerry Scott (one of the creators) is an old friend of mine from the 1980's. Back then, he was having trouble breaking into the market with Baby Blues, because Marvin had the cute little baby niche all sewn up." -- Mom

"Baby Blues. One of the best of the generic family comics (along with Zits and Adam @ Home, I suppose.) Or, probably much more accurately, Foxtrot. I guess there are too many of this genre to really try to figure out which is best. To fairly make that sort of decision you'd have to invent some sort of single-elimination tournament or something... Oh, wait, never mind." -- Rob

Tank McNamara -- 1 vote
loses to
Lucky Cow -- 6 votes
(4 abstentions)

Analysis: "God, please die Tank. I don't really have a rational reason for hating that strip, but the hate is definitely there..." -- Kayvon

Arlo and Janis -- 0 votes
loses to
Dilbert -- 10 votes
(1 abstention)

Analysis: "Dilbert is the winner hands down. See you in the finals." -- Dad

"Dilbert. Perhaps I should not judge, but every time I come across something written by Scott Adams (other than Dilbert,) he comes across as kind of a jerk. Too bad." -- Rob

"I've never seen a dog that looks like Dogbert. Y'know, just sayin'." -- Tom

Round 2, Walden College Region

#9 Drabble
Created by Kevin Fagan
http://www.comics.com/comics/drabble/
-- vs. --
#1 For Better or For Worse
Created by Lynn Johnston
http://www.uclick.com/client/sea/fb/

There's a lot to complain about in For Better or For Worse these days, but it's still impressive that Lynn Johnston put together an interesting, funny, but basically real portrait of a family and kept it running for almost three decades. It out soap-operas the soap opera strips.

#5 Rudy Park
Created by Darrin Bell and Theron Heir
http://www.comics.com/comics/rudypark/
-- vs. --
#4 Slylock Fox & Comics For Kids
Created by Bob Weber Jr.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/comics/king.htm?name=Slylock

I made Slylock Fox a 4-seed? Really? I mean, it's good enough, I'd probably have liked it if I had seen it as a child, and Bob Weber seems surprisingly cool, what with his letting the Comics Curmudgeon sell officially licensed Cassandra Cat merchandise and all, but still. I must have been just reading Reynard Noir, an excellent blog retelling Slylock Fox comics as classic noir vignettes.

#6 Pickles
Created by Brian Crane
http://www.comics.com/wash/pickles/
-- vs. --
#3 Diesel Sweeties
Created by Richard Stevens III
http://dieselsweeties.com/print/

Diesel Sweeties</i> is of course a web comic that successfully made the transition to print, replacing the daily </i>Foxtrot strips in many papers (though regrettably not the Herald). It's worth noting, though, that the newspaper version is not simply the Internet comic reprinted but rather entirely new strips. People interested in reading the original can peruse the official site.

#2 Blondie
Created by Chic Young, currently written by Dean Young and drawn by John Marshall
http://www.arcamax.com/blondie
-- vs. --
#10 Apartment 3-G
Created by Nicholas P. Dallis and Alex Kotzky, currently written by Margaret Shulock and drawn by Frank Bolle
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/comics/king.htm?name=Apartment_3-G

Blondie</i> shows up as a 2-seed in large part due to the lobbying of my father, though I suppose 75 years of entertainment shouldn't be so easily dismissed. Dagwood could be Lu Ann's father.</i>

Round 2, Okefenokee Swamp Region

#10 The Amazing Spider-Man
Created by Stan Lee and John Romita
http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?name=Spiderman
-- vs. --
#2 Liō
Created by Mark Tatulli
http://www.gocomics.com/lio/

Similarly, Liō is a 2-seed because one of my brother's college friends shouted it out when I was trying to figure out which comics deserved high ranking. Mark Tatulli also writes and draws Heart of the City, which lost to Marvin last round.

#3 Candorville
Created by Darrin Bell
http://www.comics.com/wash/candorville/
-- vs. --
#6 Hagar the Horrible
Created by Dik Browne, currently written and drawn by Chris Browne
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/hagar.asp

And speaking of similarly, Darrin Bell also draws (but doesn't write) Rudy Park, which you may recall from earlier in this post. I can only assume Hagar would pillage him nonetheless.

#4 Pooch Café
Created by Paul Gilligan
http://www.gocomics.com/poochcafe/
-- vs. --
#12 Mutts
Created by Patrick McDonnell
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/mutts.asp

During my summer in DC, there were two competing free daily papers that were given out at the Metro stop, and every day I would take both and just read the back few pages, which had the comics, crosswords, celebrity news, and other esoterica. That was where I learned that there was some backlash over the new (but in use since I had arrived) recordings asking people to move to the center of the train, including from even the woman who had recorded them ("I didn't realize I sounded so pushy", or something like that), but more importantly where I first read Pooch Café. If you accused me of my letting my nostalgia cloud my judgment when devising the seedings, there's a small chance you'd be right. It's just a coincidence that it's up against another animal strip.

#1 The Far Side
Created by Gary Larson
-- vs. --
#8 Kudzu
Created by Doug Marlette
http://www.gocomics.com/kudzu/

Unlike most other comics in the tournament (including many of the retired ones), as far as I can tell The Far Side isn't available online. Our loss, I suppose.

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