Thursday, January 24, 2008

Chickweed Lane

9 Chickweed Lane is another strip that readers ask for every now and then. I'm told The Gazette used to run it, but it fell out of favor and was dropped. I see it now and then, but it doesn't strike a chord with me.
A couple of readers have said we "wouldn't dare" run it. I've never seen anything in the strip that would be too controversial to run. It just doesn't seem that compelling.
Anyone out there a fan?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I enjoy Chickweed, you'll just incite a revolt among the villagers because of the presence of openly gay characters that appear once in a blue moon.

Never mind the fact that it's incredibly intelligent and humorous at the same time.

Additions like F-Minus and Brevity would be more than welcome.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will second F-Minus and Brevity. I was a little upset when Brevity was dropped, I went into a spiral of depression which prompted a friend to buy me a Brevity day to day calendar. Diesel Sweeties is garbage. No one cares about Marmaduke, Family Circus and Dennis the Menace. I expect comics to make me laugh, those just make me want to get back on the internet to read comics.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Dena Rosenberry said...

OK, you're seeing something in Chickweed that I don't see. And that's OK.

Regarding Brevity, you are saying you've followed it this last year and it has picked up the pace? Cuz quality was dropping when we left it. I looked like a strip that had burned brightly and burned out.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Dena Rosenberry said...

I don't imagine too many readers who enjoy Brevity or F-Minus would also enjoy Marmaduke, Dennis the Menace and Family Circus.

But the MANY Marmaduke, Dennis and Fam Circus fans don't like many, if any, of the newer strips.

Let's keep pushing for ANOTHER page of comics!!

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Push it real good!

There was a Brevity that had a dog playing spin the bottle with some cats that was hysterical. After that? Nothing. It was like self-congratulatory nonsense. F Minus is weird, but it makes sense and it makes me laugh.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Dena Rosenberry said...

That spin the bottle panel WAS funny!

I recall that at first there were a few good panels a week. Then it died off for me.

In the end, I was spending WAY too much time defending it as a new strip that deserved a chance -- and I was reading it thinking, "They've had a chance and they're blowing it."

When it got down to one chuckle a week... it was time to pull the plug for me.

Too few fans for too few laughs.

That said, can anyone explain Rose is Rose to me?

4:36 PM  
Blogger randy280z said...

I read Chickweed daily in the comics I get emailed to me. Obviously, I like it, but I'm not sure that it would have broad enough appeal for the Gazette.

I've read Diesel Sweeties online for years before they came out with a watered down version for print media. I was a bit disturbed to see it in the Gazette, simply because I know the backgrounds of the characters. The readhead, for example, is an alcoholic porn star. The humor is also a bit esoteric, so I'm not sure it has broad appeal.

Never cared much for Brevity, though I care even less for Tundra, Family Circus, and Marmaduke. Beetle Baily has just gotten tired, and I think it's trying too hard to stay alive.

I think Sheldon and Little Dee would do well in the Gazette. Sheldon has a lot of observational humor with some geek humor mixed in. Little Dee is very family friendly. I read them daily online.

Another older strip that I get emailed to me and can't wait to read is Alley Oop.

10:09 AM  

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