Monday, August 13, 2007

So Sweet

I ran into Rich Stevens, creator of online and in-print "Diesel Sweeties," at Comic-Con, the international convention of comic artists and fans and TV, movie, game and pop culture geeks in San Diego.

He was funny and self-deprecating, just what you'd expect. Didn't have much time to chat, as we were at the end of a long day - after a long day's drive - and he'd already been standing around talking to people for three days.

Thought of him this morning cuz when I saw the Batman theme. Batman's a fav.

I get a lot of negative comments about the strip from older readers. Not that unexpected. Lots of younger fans, especially pop culture fans. I love the computer drawing - in a different way than I love the drawing in Mutts or Lio or Baldo, for example. And I love Clango and his big heart.



Blogger ronincolorado said...

Yuck, lousy stupid dialog. The graphics are only acceptable as being new and different. Gag me!

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with ronincolorado. Terrible comic. Bring back Wizard of Id.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comic is terrible! Remove it and bring back Brevity

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to have your bosses email address. You don't know how to choose comics. First you replaced 5 of my daily readers with 3 yucky comics and only 2 good ones. Now you are replacing 2 more daily readers with junk. I read the comics section first every day and you need to be removed before you do any more damage.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Dena Rosenberry said...

My boss's e-mail and contact info runs every day in the paper: I think you can even reach him at

Just because we've removed comics that you like doesn't mean we haven't added comics in return that thousands of people like.

I don't expect any one person to like everything or even half of what runs.

I don't like paying for strips that repeat the same joke over and over, however. We do enough of that already, so I believe change is in order now and then to keep the pages fresh.

You're not supposed to know exactly what you're going to find in the newspaper each day, are you?

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are defending your choice of "comics" you are defending the indefensible. Perhaps it's the lack of intellect which now has invaded our culture, and our school system, bu to call Diesel, Lio, Pooch Cafe, Pearls before swine, Family Tree and CUl De Sac.. are simply neither funny or entertaining. However, given what people laugh at (or listen to laugh tracks) on television, and is considered "comedy" perhaps it is just a sign of our times, that the more stupid and brainless something is, the more some people will be attracted to it. Your new "comic" strips fail totally, but if the million marching morons are reading it, I guess that throwing the pearls away, and just leaving the swine is the commercial viable way to go.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous ronincolorado said...

Geeze, that last anonymous needs to have an enema.
Lighten up bud!

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Athough the other Anonymous went way over board with his/her coments, I do have to somewhat agree with him/her. The 2 new comics ( Family Tree & Cul De Sac)are just not funny. Other comics that you have been running also don't produce much laughs and should be removed and relaced with something funnier. Funky Winkerbean has gone down hill fast in the last year, Boring!!! Sally Forth, where's the humor in that one? Pearls Before Swine, so-so, sometimes can be funny but mostly not. Mutts, ZZZZZZZ, opps, I fell asleep there for a minute. Peanuts, old favorite but key word there is OLD. Sorry but it has been repeated so many times that I don't even look at it anymore. Bring back Wizard of Id. That should never have been taken off. It's time for the gazette to find some new, humorous, cutting edge comics to publish. Don't be cheap. Buy some good comics. With the yearly increase in the cost of the paper you should be making enough to get quality.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous ronincolorado said...

Thanks Rick, good post, I agree.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Dena Rosenberry said...

The idea behind changing comics is to bring in some new blood, something fresh.

Not everyone likes the new, not everyone likes the old, not everyone likes funny, not everyone likes storylines.

And, one thing I've learned, people either LOVE or HATE Mutts!

2:28 PM  
Blogger Deaconben said...

Re: Family Tree and Cul de Sac.
I think I have given these two a good trial. Neither is funny and art work is primitive. For this we gave up the Wizard? to paraphrase, "the editor is a Fink" the phantom haranguer.

8:31 AM  

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