I went to Barnes & Noble this afternoon, as usual, to read and have decided to change my reading routine. Sunday will be dedicated to reading only newspapers due to the grand sizes of the Sunday editions, so instead of reading only the three newspapers I have been...The La Crosse Tribune, Wisconsin State Journal, and the New York Times (or sometimes the Wall Street Journal)... I will read all of them. Then Saturdays will be devoted to magazines, with evenings devoted to blogging. So my new reading schedule will be:
Monday - Friday: A book each day plus my usual three daily papers
Sunday: All of the available Newspapers
Once in a while during the week, I'll try to make it to Pearl Street Books, a huge used bookstore.
And speaking of newspapers, what is your favorite comic strip? Mine is Get Fuzzy, because if Satchel the dog were replaced with a fat, female calico feline you would have me and my two cats, one of which is Siamese like Bucky. I imagine that if they could talk and walk upright they would relate to each other and me just like the characters in Get Fuzzy do with each other :>). Do you know of anyone, family, friend, co-worker, or significant other who reminds you of a character in the comic strips? In fact, why don't we start a new meme, a comic strip survey, right here (please add to/comment on it):
1) What is your favorite comic strip? Get Fuzzy.
2) What is your favorite comic strip character? Mine is Bucky.
3) Do you ever buy any of the books based on comic strips, and if so, which ones? Yes: Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side.
4) Are you still reading any comic strips now that you have been reading since the first time they were published in the newspaper, and if so, what are they? Yes, Get Fuzzy, Calvin and Hobbes, and Pearls Before Swine.
5) What is the most shocking thing you have ever seen in a comic strip? Some of the serious aspects of Funky Winkerbean, as I think one of the recent episodes involved a car bomb in the middle east.
6) What comic strip characters can you recall that have been 'killed off'? Grandfather in the Family Circus.
7) What is the funniest thing that you can recall happening in your favorite comic strip? In a strip of Get Fuzzy, Rob, Bucky and Satchel are going on vacation when Rob says they need to keep their eyes open for a bath on the interstate (I'm unsure of the usage in this strip but apparently, according to the context of the strip it has something to do with an off-ramp - my dictionary was no help with this :>/) when Satchel comments on how it would be something to take a bath that big, and Bucky says (and I'm paraphrasing) "You're so funny that Mickey Mouse has a picture of you on his watch" to which Satchel responds "At least I have the ability to laugh at myself" prompting Bucky to say "You have no choice, Satchel". Rob then exclaims, "That's enough, you two!"
8) What do you think are the biggest changes that have occurred in the comic strip business i.e., new comics versus old ones, drawing styles (perhaps within one particular strip), attitude changes in characters, ect. My memory may be faulty on this, but I think Sally Forth used to be drawn a bit differently.
9) What is your least favorite comic strip? Cathy.
10) If you were going to draw your own comic strip, what would it be about? It would be about a young man who, after selling his country home has to adjust to life in the city.
11) What comic strip would you like to see made into a TV show, keeping in mind that not all comic strips would make viable television productions? Blondie and Dagwood, although they were a TV show many years ago
12) If you had to eliminate one major character from you favorite comic strip, which one would it be? Rob (Get Fuzzy).
13) When reading the funny pages, do you only read your favorite strip or all of them? All of the ones I like.
14) What pop culture icon would you like to see appear in a comic strip, and what should he/she do in that strip? I think Homer Simpson visiting Get Fuzzy and losing a no-brainer bet with Bucky could have hilarious consequences, especially if it was a dare :>) .
15) Which two comic strips would work well combined into one strip? Garfield and Blondie and Dagwood because Garfield and Dagwood share a common passion...food.
16) If your favorite strip was combined with your least favorite comic strip would you still read it? Sure, as long as the characters from my least favorite strip always got the short end of the stick lol.
17) Which comic strip do you think is the most true-to-life and why? Blondie and Dagwood because the things that happen to them can happen to people in real life.
18) Which comic strip, in your opinion has had the most profound impact on society and why? Blondie and Dagwood because they have been around for seventy-five years, and within that amount of time how could they not have an impact on society?
19) What is the biggest coincidence that has ever occurred between you and a comic strip? The same day my mother's obituary was in the newspaper, Get Fuzzy had just one panel where Bucky was hanging unto a branch with his mouth and underneath it was the caption "Fang in there!"
20) How would the world be different if comics did not exist? There would be a lot less laughter in the world and those who make their living off the funnies would have different occupations.
21) What comic strip character do you relate to the most and why? Rob in Get Fuzzy, for reasons previously stated.
22) If your favorite strip was made into an animated TV show, Which actors/actresses would do the voices of the characters of that strip? Rob (Ryan Stiles), Bucky (Regis Philbin), and Satchel (Ashton Kutcher).
23) In your opinion, what is the most violent comic strip? Beetle Bailey because Sarge always beats him up lol.
24) If it was revealed that your favorite comic strip or a character in that strip is not what it/he/she appeared to be, would you keep reading that strip if it continued after that revelation (for example, Hagaar the Horrible was not a true Viking, Doonsbury was just someone's dream, ect)? Yes, because it would be like reading Get Fuzzy in a parallel universe, and I'm fascinated by quantum physics!
25) What do you think of comic strip cross-over? I think they make for a nice change of pace.
26) If your life were made into a comic strip, what could readers expect to see in it? My cats underfoot, My relationships with all of my friends and associates, me looking for employment, then after getting that employment, the trials and tribulations of the workplace. Also Me researching my book would be involved, as well as me dating.
27) If you were going to make a cameo appearance in your favorite comic strip, what would you like to say and do in it? I would compare my situation to Rob's, and him and I would complain about the trials of pet ownership.
Again, feel free to jump in!