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Fred Bassett - why?


By fosaisu

6 months ago



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    #1 6 months ago

    How is Fred Bassett still in print? Did anyone ever enjoy it? Is there a collection of the rare strips where the author at least attempted a joke?

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    #2 6 months ago
    Quoted from fosaisu:

    Did anyone ever enjoy it?

    I used to.

    Years back when I quit picking up a newspaper, I'd read it online. Along with a bunch of other funnies.

    Since I started tech support. I reduced the funnies I look at everyday by about 3/4ths. I guess tech support provides much needed humor for me.

    LTG : )

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    #3 6 months ago

    Having a Basset Helps. Having 2, hurts.

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    #4 6 months ago

    I did find this in my search for the Bassett strips above, which made me laugh. Once again, God bless Australia!

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    #5 6 months ago

    IMHO, the mid 90s when the far side and calvin & hobbes stopped being published was about when the funnies stopped being funny.

    I think I turned to online comics a few years later after those started gaining some steam.

    #6 6 months ago

    The Far side is Back!

    #7 6 months ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    The Far side is Back!

    Yes it is! I was glad to see the new website go up.

    #8 6 months ago

    Pearls Before Swine is good.

    #9 6 months ago

    Ollie and Quentin is good. Only two years. Third time through just started.

    LTG : )

    #10 6 months ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    Having a Basset Helps. Having 2, hurts.[quoted image]

    Beautiful dogs!

    #11 6 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    IMHO, the mid 90s when the far side and calvin & hobbes stopped being published were about when the funnies stopped being funny.
    I think I turned to online comics a few years later after those started gaining some steam.

    My grandfather would buy a paper everyday.
    He would read the sports section and the funnys then the paper would go in the recycling pile.

    #12 6 months ago
    Quoted from fosaisu:

    How is Fred Bassett still in print? Did anyone ever enjoy it?

    You’re gonna want this!

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    #13 6 months ago

    I've always liked "Arlo and Janis"

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    #14 6 months ago
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    #15 6 months ago

    I’m not saying Fred Bassett had to match Far Side or Calvin and Hobbes, those were all-time greats! But it is bizarrely free of jokes or even attempts at humor, which is a little strange for a comic strip.

    #16 6 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    IMHO, the mid 90s when the far side and calvin & hobbes stopped being published was about when the funnies stopped being funny.
    I think I turned to online comics a few years later after those started gaining some steam.

    Calvin and Hobbes is probably the only childhood memory of mine I can think of that hasn't been subjected to reboot destruction or licensing hell.

    Every time I read through those books, I am relieved Bill Watterson never compromised his integrity. I still keep discovering new things about those comics every time I read them. He was able to integrate his passion for philosophy into his work without being preachy or political effortlessly.

    #17 6 months ago
    Quoted from fosaisu:

    But it is bizarrely free of jokes or even attempts at humor, which is a little strange for a comic strip.

    Garfield has been the same way for years.

    #18 6 months ago

    Garfield Minus Garfield, on the other hand, is a brilliant post-modern tragedy, epic in scope.

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    It's like the movie Joker, except good.

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    #20 6 months ago

    My Basset doing what Bassets do best.......

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    #21 6 months ago

    Lost all interest in the comic section once “The Far Side” and “Calvin and Hobbs” disappeared.

    #22 6 months ago
    Quoted from Electrocute:

    Lost all interest in the comic section once “The Far Side” and “Calvin and Hobbs” disappeared.

    And Bloom County, one of my favorites.

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    #23 6 months ago

    I can’t think of the name of it, but there’s a newer strip that the author regularly refers to pinball in it. My coworker sends me links whenever it comes up, and the strips make me laugh.

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    #26 6 months ago

    I can completely relate to pickles

    #27 6 months ago

    When Far Side stopped being published, Bizarro was my go-to.

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    #31 6 months ago

    One of my favorites.

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    #32 6 months ago

    The only Sunday paper comics I really remember reading was: (and I may get some names wrong)

    Beetle Bailey

    BC

    Peanuts

    Not from the paper, but I also did see Dennis the Menace and Marmaduke.

    About the first time Garfield ever appeared was about the time I never read comics anymore.

    I have never heard of Fred Bassett.

    #33 6 months ago

    Cartoonist is from Scotland. Different sense of humor compared to other strips.

    LTG : )

    #34 6 months ago
    Quoted from gjm:

    And Bloom County, one of my favorites.[quoted image]

    Ahhh...Bill the Cat

    "ACK"

    #35 6 months ago

    Ok, the strip I’m thinking of is “Wallace The Brave”. My friend has sent me at least 3-4 pinball themed strips and just looking online I found another one.

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    #36 6 months ago

    Garfield was funny the first couple of years but went steeply downhill besides it's creator being an absolute whore for merchandising.

    Calvin and Hobbs was the peak of print comics, just a step above The Far Side. But both were the only comics I can every remember reading that literally had me crying I was laughing so hard. I think Calvin and Hobbs struck a chord because I think many of us can remember thinking what was going through Calvin's head.

    #37 6 months ago

    I used to despise Fred Basset. That is until i synced it up with Pink Floyd's, The Dark Side of the Moon.

    After that. It all just, clicked.

    #38 6 months ago
    Quoted from DaWezl:

    Ok, the strip I’m thinking of is “Wallace The Brave”. My friend has sent me at least 3-4 pinball themed strips and just looking online I found another one.
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    This is as dumb as Fred Bassett to non-pinball people.

    #39 6 months ago

    All I can say is bring back Willy and Ethel.

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    #40 6 months ago

    Just yesterday there was another pinball-related strip in Wallace the Brave. I’d play a “Clam Face” themed pin.
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    #41 6 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Cartoonist is from Scotland. Different sense of humor compared to other strips.

    FWIW, I thought Train Spotting was funny. Maybe it’s Scottish dog humor that’s the problem.

    #42 6 months ago

    Calvin & Hobbes FTW!!

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    #43 6 months ago

    Any single Calvin & Hobbes strip contains more humor than all Fred Bassetts, Marmadukes and Family Circuses combined!

    #44 6 months ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    Any single Calvin & Hobbes strip contains more humor than all Fred Bassetts, Marmadukes and Family Circuses combined!

    Tough but fair.

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