Michael Roberts, a columnist for the Denver Westword paper, recently forced himself to read every comic in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News for a two week period to gauge the state of the the funny paper.
To find out what else I’ve been missing, if anything, I read every comic in the Post and Rocky â?? more than sixty of them â?? each day for a two-week span, August 13 through 27. The project promised to be an entertaining one, but that pledge was soon broken. All but a relative handful were creatively slack, aggressively unoriginal and about as amusing as an attack of intestinal distress miles from the nearest restroom.
Of course, if I had watched each show on network television over a similar period, I probably would’ve come away just as depressed. Yet I was still shocked by the dearth of fresh ideas and the overflow of derivative ones.
He goes on to describe who he thinks are derivatives of classics such as Peanuts, Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County.
Does he accurately describe the state of newspaper comics today?