Monday, December 04, 2006

Christmas Cards

Four silent penultimate panels this Monday:
Adam@Home by Brian Basset
Candorville by Darrin Bell
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Overboard by Chip Dunham

It was mentioned in the comments here last week, and the Daily Cartoonist reported today that Corey Pandolph has decided to end Barkeater Lake. I've said some critical things about Barkeater Lake here (enough to get a pretty rude email from Pandolph himself), but I do think this is a shame. Pandolph admits to losing interest in the strip, and it had become fairly obvious that he was not putting his full energy into it. Barkeater Lake had all the ingredients of a great comic strip--good drawing, a good mix of conflicting characters, talking dogs, etc.--but, unfortunately, at least during the last six months that I read it, a disinterested cook was in the kitchen. Making a comic strip takes a tremendous amount of dedication and work. And that amount is entirely disproportionate to the amount of money or acclaim you will most likely ever receive from it. I wish Corey Pandolph could stick with it, but if he feels he has to move on, then that is probably his best choice.

It's easy to make fun of comics, it's very hard to make them. Good luck to you, Corey. (and please don't email again.)

Meanwhile, it's the first Monday of December, that means it's time for comic strip character to write their Christmas cards. Here we go again.


Blogger Mike P said...

I think it would be nifty if the comic strip characters just started getting letters from each other. I'd imagine the scenario being everyone lying through their teeth except Jon Arbuckle. Everyone would believe without hesitation everyone's embellishments, but when they read that Jon Arbuckle got a steady girlfriend, they'd laugh and say, "Oh, that Arbuckle! What a joker!"

It's funny in my head, at least.

9:48 PM  
Blogger cbrubaker said...

While I liked "Barkeater Lake" enough to read the strip on daily basis since day 1, I agree that Corey's lack of interest in the strip showed, especially for the past year when he started rerunning strips and also made some quick "filler" cartoons.

6:28 AM  

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