Cranky, cranky, cranky
Sundays are always a good day for the watch. What better way to fill up all the space in a Sunday strip than with a silent penultimate panel.
Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott
Candorville by Darrin Bell
Frazz by Jef Mallett
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
And, last but certainly not the least, Cow and Boy by Mark Leiknes. This just deserves special attention:
One of the things I keep saying is that the SPP is less actual comic timing and more just a symbol of comic timing. The artist is just saying "I know a beat belongs here, and I can't think of a better way to show it than by just not adding word balloons." (For one example of a comic pause without an SPP see here. ) So Mark Leiknes here has two problems. He needs a comic beat and he needs to fill up all that Sunday space. Well, his solution is the easiest and least funny possible--one, two, three silent panels. An infinite amount of time can pass in a panel gutter, and a good cartoonist can use that to his or her advantage. A mediocre cartoonist just imitates sitcoms.
And Frazz, dear Frazz, you try to act like you're such a bon vivant, but, please, the Eagles? How much more pedestrian can you get?
You can start looking down on other people's taste as soon as you get some of your own.
Man, I'm cranky tonight. Any more and I just might sprout feathers and call treason on the New York Times.