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And I am quoting from the Washington Times, July 2006.
This just re-emerged, unbidden, from my subconscious this morning as I was assessing students in Algebra 1:
That is all.
GORBACHEV SINGS TRACTORS: TURNIPS! BUTTOCKS!
A Bloom County reference. I just fell in love with you, Rywalt.
Is it healthy I remember that gag 20 years later? No. Not at all.
I had it slightly wrong in my head but the Internet set me right with a quick Google search. (I thought it was "GORBACHEV SINGS: TRACTORS! TURNIPS!" Frighteningly close. I have trouble remembering my kids' names but that, I've got that.)
... part of the "Golden Age" (modern) of comics, back in the 80's. An unbelievable run of fineness from Doonesbury, Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes, the Far Side, and others -- all running concurrently and at the height of their game.
I read the comix nowadays and apart from Bizarro, very few make me laugh regularly, although "Mutts" at least has a nifty, old-tymie look to it.
Mostly, I remember Opus singing "EVERY HERRING YOU BAKE / I'LL BE WATCHING YOU" and taking a tuba solo on stage at a rock concert, followed by the promoter (Milo?) in the last panel, leaning out from offstage, whispering, "Sting and the boys would like to have a word with you."
Butt I can't think of how to tie this into the original, journalistic, theme ;o/
I was a big fan of Deathtöngue. Wrote that name on all my notebooks.
It was a good time for comics. Now it's a good time for the Comics Curmudgeon.
Berke Breathed's later efforts have been pretty dismal.
I did, in fact, own them on vinyl.
Anyhoo, the best comic right now just might be ... Garfield Minus Garfield:
Dave Malki's wonderful Wondermark! He works and reworks old-tymey illustrations to create his own lovely alt-universe of oddness.
In addition, 29 times out of 30, you will gain insight into how my mind works as well!
This day's edition: http://wondermark.com/590
Know it. Love it. And I'm pretty sure he's a Philly dude.
Aaaand that's a plus because....
Malki! is home-grown SoCal. Or Cal, at least.: http://wondermark.com/about/
But if Philly wants to claim him, claim away. Maybe was borned there. They could do worse.
At any rate, Philly will always have DJ Jazzy Jeff.