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The best and worst comics at the OC posted

The Orange County Register recently took a poll with nearly 3,000 respondents to come up with the best and worst comics on the funny pages (of the OCR). The top honors go to “For Better or for Worse” by Lynn Johnston “Luann” by Greg Evans, “Foxtrot” by Bill Amend “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz and “Overboard” by Chip Dunham. Congratulations, you keep your job for another day.

The lowest vote getters were “Baldo” by duo Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos, “Heart of the City” by Mark Tatulli, “Sherman’s Lagoon” by Jim Toomey, “Tina’s Groove” by Rina Piccolo, and “Rudy Park” by Darrin Bell and Theron Heir.

Where did you stack up? Here’s the complete list with the score:

1. For Better or for Worse 2377
2. Luann 1794
3. Foxtrot 1336
4. Peanuts 963
5. Overboard 798
6. Adam 651
7. Garfield 591
8. Family Circus 585
9. Mother Goose & Grimm 519
10. Rose Is a Rose 463
11. Real Life Adventures 232
12. Shoe 163
13. Dennis the Menace 88
14. Hagar the Horrible -124
15. Marvin -183
16. Get Fuzzy -241
17. Broom-Hilda -245
18. Rubes -250
19. Ziggy -362
20. Willy ‘N Ethel -438
21. Pearls Before Swine -475
22. Frank and Ernest -586
23. Baldo -489
24. Heart of the City -499
25. Sherman’s Lagoon -928
26. Tina’s Groove -1224
27. Rudy Park -2279

Community Comments

#1 Robert G.
April/13/2006
@ 5:08 pm

What’s missing from the article is the demographics of the respondents (age, education, income level–that sort of thing).

I’m seeing a lot of the edgier strips (Pearls Before Swine, Sherman’s Lagoon) near the bottom and a lot of the nice friendly strips near the top.

Nobody expects every TV show to appeal to all audiences, but apparently comics are supposed to.

Next week: a series of articles looking at why people under 30 don’t read the paper much any more!

(Sherman’s Lagoon??!? That’s a GREAT strip! What’s wrong with these people???)

#2 Robert G.
April/13/2006
@ 11:08 am

What’s missing from the article is the demographics of the respondents (age, education, income level–that sort of thing).

I’m seeing a lot of the edgier strips (Pearls Before Swine, Sherman’s Lagoon) near the bottom and a lot of the nice friendly strips near the top.

Nobody expects every TV show to appeal to all audiences, but apparently comics are supposed to.

Next week: a series of articles looking at why people under 30 don’t read the paper much any more!

(Sherman’s Lagoon??!? That’s a GREAT strip! What’s wrong with these people???)

#3 Big Al
April/13/2006
@ 8:42 pm

Family Circus +585
Pearls Before Swine -475

Who does the voting, indeed! Peanuts is great, but this week, a baseball week, one of the punchlines involved Casey Stengel. Yes, the under 30 crowd chuckles heartily to hear of old-time managers.

#4 Big Al
April/13/2006
@ 2:42 pm

Family Circus +585
Pearls Before Swine -475

Who does the voting, indeed! Peanuts is great, but this week, a baseball week, one of the punchlines involved Casey Stengel. Yes, the under 30 crowd chuckles heartily to hear of old-time managers.

#5 Monty Rohde
April/16/2006
@ 9:33 pm

Overboard in the top 5? That strip hasn’t been funny in over a decade.

If newspapers think they’re having problems now, just wait until their Baby Boomer audiance begins to die off.

#6 Monty Rohde
April/16/2006
@ 3:33 pm

Overboard in the top 5? That strip hasn’t been funny in over a decade.

If newspapers think they’re having problems now, just wait until their Baby Boomer audiance begins to die off.

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