Wednesday, June 21, 2006

La Cucaracha

A day of alliteration with six silent penultimate panels:

La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz
Duplex by Glenn McCoy
Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Overboard by Chip Dunham
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

This is La Cucaracha's debut on the watch. That leaves just a very few of the gag strips in the L.A. Times that have not appeared. Would you believe that Dilbert is one of the last hold-outs? While he has made Sunday appearances, Dilbert has so far entirely avoided the Monday-Saturday watch.

I prefer Alcaraz's political cartoons in the L.A. Weekly to his daily strip. His political cartoons are succinct and pointed, while the daily La Cucaracha can be a jumble of ugly. Alcaraz just tries to pack too much into such a small space.

You can take his scarceness on the watch as either a testament to his extreme wordiness or his unique and original (for newspaper comics) style. It's probably a little of both.


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