I teach a class on writing and drawing comics at the TORONTO CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP, and the first class of the new semester started yesterday. As I always do, I asked what comics the new students currently read, and what they grew up reading…to get a sense of the sort of stuff they’re looking to make. This is the first class in which no one volunteered a comic strip as something they grew up reading.
Not Calvin and Hobbes, not Peanuts, not nothing, baby.
And last week, when I posted the Seven Best Gay Characters in Comics, it was noted that I included comic strips in that list as though that was odd. So clearly, it is, nowadays. I’m a relic.
It’s not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s a new thing, and so I mark it down.
Now, obviously there are still GREAT comic strips still being made. I read Doonesbury daily, and I head over to www.gocomics.com when I need a massive comic strip/political cartoon fix, it’s one of my favorite bookmarks.
But there’s a big difference in the influence and penetration of the “newspaper comics” nowadays if you have to go FIND ’em online, instead of just getting them delivered to your breakfast table while your parents read Sports – or finding a Sunday Comics Section on a table at a pizza place, or in any one of the thousands of places that newspaper comics used to be in the world.
Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer the internet and cures for diseases and stuff. Future World all good, hoo baby!
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, your comic strip moment of zen.