Today’s news brings word of #3: Brant Parker, the other co-creator of The Wizard of Id. Interesting timing for Mr. Parker, right on the heels of Mr. Hart. I always found Id to be the better strip, and there are quite a few I find funny to this day.
According to reports, Johnny Hart, the creator of B.C. and co-creator of The Wizard of Id, has died at the age of 76. I used to read both many years ago, but as Hart “found Jesus”, the strips (especially B.C.) had taken an evangelical slant that made them unfunny to me. Still, I find the timing of his death quite interesting, coming the day before Easter. Of course, the strip published today had quite the Easter slant.
There are a number of comics and webcomics that I read. Most of them I read through LJ syndications: For Better or For Worse (fbofw_rss), Pearls Before Swine (pearlswine), Get Fuzzy (getfuzzy_comic2), Indexed (indexed_feed), Shabbot 6000 (shabot6000), Home on the Strange (homestrange). There was one, however, that I couldn’t get on syndication: Funky Winkerbean. I’ve really grown to like this strip–it long ago has outgrown its high-school roots. It has quite a few adult storylines: the war in Afghanistan, teen pregnancy, breast cancer survival, etc. Unlike FBOFW, however, these are handled in a realistic and adult manner.