Comic Strips, Making People Laugh Over and Over Again
Comic strips serve as a means to entertain, provoke thought and give a little laughter and pleasure to the reader. The author understands life and creates characters that communicate with their readers in a way that captures the reader’s attention and builds a loyal fan base that can be cultivated over a period of years.
Some of the popular comic strips of 2015 have been around for more than a decade because the authors have been able to articulate the reader’s values and opinions consistently in a humorous format. The readers appreciate the authors ability to communicate through satire, comedy, and innocence, what they value and therefore boost the authors popularity.
So, What Comic Strips are People Reading Today
The popular comic strips of 2015 include the long running Calvin and Hobbes. A boy and his stuffed tiger has been capturing reader’s attention for years. Bill Watterson introduced the witty boy and his stuffed tiger in 1985 and it has been one of the most loved comic strips created. Another long running comic strip that is cherished by many is Garfield. Jim Davis and his fat, obnoxious cat, Garfield, have been making audiences laugh since 1978 and hold’s the Guinness Book of World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.
Garfield, Jon, and Odie, the blissfully unaware beagle are the main characters in the strip and continually entertain their audience through Garfields laziness, Jon’s awkwardness and Odies ability to remain completely naive toward Garfield’s cynical nature.
While most comic strips are written toward the humorous side, some focus on politics and satire. Doonesbury written and sketched by Gary Trudeau is a popular comic strip that was launched in the 70’s and remains a favorite to this day. Trudeau’s art and ironic humor blurred the line between editorial cartoon and the funny pages. The comic strip frequently uses real life politicians which have been known to cause a lot of controversy around sensitive areas such as war, still, Doonesbury is one of the most favorite political comic strips of all time.
Another comic strip that is favored among the white collar workers is Dilbert. Written and sketched by Scott Adams, Dilbert is known for having humorous satire in an office setting. The comic strips popularity is contributed to the fact that many workers in the corporate world relate to Adams satire of office politics that hinders productivity.
Comic Strips are here to stay because People Need to Laugh
Popular comic strips such as Dilbert, are published in more than 2000 newspapers and online worldwide. People need to laugh and authors such as Trudeau, Watterson, Adams and Davis are delivering laughter everyday with their humorous writing, witty sketching and intricate art. They give their readers a moment of pleasure, thoughts to ponder on and in most cases, with boldness, say out loud what the reader is already thinking.
Provocative, witty and peppered with charisma, are the writers that bring humor and satire to a sometimes pessimistic world where we can just take a step back and laugh at ourselves.