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2/6/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Thumbs up and down on comics

Regarding the Amusement page, I know some people think it is a lot of foolishness. However, after reading all the mayhem that is going on in town and the world, it is refreshing to retreat into a realm of imagination for just a few moments.

To me, the comics, the "Jumble" and the crossword are the best part of any newspaper. Properly placed at the end of more serious Miner information, the Amusement page is an oasis.

Most of the comic strips are entertaining. Some are even educational, such as the situation being portrayed in "Crankshaft."

But these two newer ones, "F-Minus" and "Pearls Before Swine," are not funny and have, to me, no redeeming value. "Wumo," on the other hand, is rather funny. And, the one you rejected some time ago, "The Barn," was really amusing.

For what it's worth, I'd like to see you keep "Grand Avenue," toss "F-Minus" and "Pearls Before Swine," bring back "The Barn" and add "Wumo."

There are lots of other good comic strips out there. Take a look at the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Sunday issue some time. When I first moved back here from Las Vegas several years ago, I drove from So-Hi Estates down to the 7-Eleven on Beale Street every Sunday morning just to buy that paper because of a comic strip called "Get Fuzzy." I still purchase that paper from time to time because they have so much information in it as well as the interesting comic strips.

I've heard that having a good laugh is good for your health. Most of the strips you've carried for the 14 years I've been here in Kingman are good for that. The ones I've mentioned above as those I don't like are not.

There's nothing funny about penguins being eaten by a predator. And there's no humor in something you don't understand. I'm sorry there is someone out there who doesn't like "Wumo," but it is better than "Pearls" and "F-Minus." Replace one of those with it. Please.

Dori Giehrl

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014
Article comment by: Pike's Peek (yes, they're peeking in on you).....

Just in case you were wondering - and particularly if you were not - here's some more insight from within the loop (of the nation's intelligence agencies).....F Minus is their review of a mentionable religious protrusion on Kingman's landscape and its failures to prevent what became grist for the intelligence agencies' several multimillion-dollar films. "Hunger Games" is their take on the lack of proclivity amongst those who should know, to fast in these times and settings so that, per chance, some of these intelligence agencies (which know in whose service they commit their crimes) might have better materiel to work with.

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Chris M

Joker Wilde:
Don't forget "Nancy" and "Gasoline Alley." )

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Chris M

Though it may be sacrilege to some, I agree with scrapping Peanuts. Though it has a great deal of unshakable nostalgia attached to it, I've never found it funny.

F-Minus is my favorite, hands down. Don't you dare touch that!

Crankshaft can go...they keep recycling the same punch lines...I feel like I'm watching a corny 90s sitcom. (Oh, the one coworker made rock hard brownies again? Oh, Crankshaft grossly overdoes every hobby he delves into? Hardy har har.)

Also, bring back Dilbert!

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Albert Pike is not a freeway in New Jersey.....

Sounds to my discerning ear that the government's tentacles into the film and television industries has seeped into the comics section, as well. Ms. Athens, for example. has been throwing pearls before the unappreciative (Jesus actually did call some people pigs). And we all know that, for decades now, this government has been pouring through open-source materiel like newspaper threads. I'm pretty good at this stuff, and will look into syndicating a comic strip. The destruction of modern history's most advanced, powerful, and moral nation by a cabal of luciferian psychopaths is actually grist for some great jokes and humourous animated characters. How about "Skill & Moans"? Their skill, your moans, a takeoff (of course) from Skull & Bones. I'm already getting a warm & fuzzy feeling all over down there. A reference to Hades, of course. Attention Termites From Hell (the White House and various 3-digit outfits) - we're comin' for ya with a grin.

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: joker wilde

Yeah, and also resurrect Archie, Alley Oop, the Katzenjammer Kids, Lil' Iodine and Steve Canyon. Give me a break! Leave the comics alone or if you really want to change something, scrap Peanuts. It's corny, dated and unfunny. Another strip for the scrap heap: Grand Avenue. In other words, who died and made the letter writer boss over the comics? If she doesn't like 'em, she shouldn't read 'em.

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