Friday, March 31, 2006

NCCC Just Not Funny Division Championship

The NCCC™ Division Championship round of the Just Not Funny Division pits the two first round winning heavyweights Cathy and BC against each other. Cathy was a ground breaking strip that it for the first time showed an independent single career oriented woman that obsessed over food, followed every ridiculous fashion fad, and pined for guys Just-Not-That-Into-Her. Big step forward there. Still, the author, Cathy Guisewaite was a pioneer that broke ground for a new generation of female comic writers like ,uh, just a moment here…., yeah those Six Chix. Can you smell token here? I can see the meeting at the Syndicate: “But, don’t we already have a strip about a woman written by a woman?” How about a FUNNY one, guys?

Normally a guy like Johnny Hart that can annoy both the Anti-Defamation League and Islamic groups would be hailed as “biting” and “edgy”. Instead he is more like the old senile relative that no one pays attention to anymore. Johnny is getting a pass because everybody just apologizes in advance “because that’s the way Johnny is, and everybody knows it.” Well, no, he wasn’t always that way. He used to be FUNNY. The strip wasn’t sold as crypto-religious allegory. It was funny cavemen. Johnny is using his tenured position as his own religious bully pulpit and we get stuck with it. Cathy has always been what she is, but with BC, we got bait-and-switched.
Winner/Loser: BC

Next up: Walker-Browne Division Championship

Or on to the Final Four.


Impetua said...

Amen, brother! I vote for separation of church and strip.

Brucker said...

See, now I would say it's quite alright for Johnny to use religious themes in his strip if he could just be funny! It can certainly be done; Charles Schulz did many, many strips that were involving religious themes that were also quite hilarious.

Then there's what's probably the funniest of the blatantly religious strips, Reverend Fun.

yellojkt said...

Thanks for the link, brucker. I may use it in the next round of competition.

Anonymous said...

I've been looking at Reverend Fun based on brucker's recommendation. It offers stuff with a religious bent, but it doesn't really proselytize; it's more in the realm of "inside" jokes. It's not always laugh-out-loud funny but it isn't really bad.