No Right Answer: Best Sunday Comic

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You guys said "this one is unique" as you again failed to come to a decision... its starting to get annoying. Take a stand; start a controversy; make a flame war because this is bland and soft.

Also, while I love Calvin and Hobbes I can not remember the last time I saw it in a paper, much less the sunday paper (same for peanuts, actually). if its no longer in paper it shouldn't be available for debate (although I can't think of which ones you'd debate then; maybe Garfield and Dilbert?)

I know its called 'no right answer' but taking a stand sparks a much better debate and provokes a far greater reaction then weakly putting a debate out there unresolved.

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You guys said "this one is unique" as you again failed to come to a decision... its starting to get annoying. Take a stand; start a controversy; make a flame war because this is bland and soft.

Also, while I love Calvin and Hobbes I can not remember the last time I saw it in a paper, much less the sunday paper (same for peanuts, actually). if its no longer in paper it shouldn't be available for debate (although I can't think of which ones you'd debate then; maybe Garfield and Dilbert?)

I know its called 'no right answer' but taking a stand sparks a much better debate and provokes a far greater reaction then weakly putting a debate out there unresolved.

You seem to have caught us in a weird string of episodes. We usually film episodes in 6-10 episode chunks but then mix them in around episodes from the last filming block, so with this you have Best Sunday Comics (an episode from a previous filming group), right after Giant Robots vs Giant Monsters (from the new group and also tying in to Pacific Rim), and then two episodes previously with Sex vs Violence (which we decided not to pick sides on for the sake of more honest debate in the forums).

Rest easy knowing that to my recollection, we don't have any more ties coming up in the next month or so.

Yeah, this would have been an awkward time to drop in on the series. But ties are a lot rarer than this.

To contribute to it myself, I'd say that Calvin and Hobbes is a LOT more thought provoking than Peanuts. Peanuts is a nice, simple read. Well established but light on the ol' thinking cap.

I guess what I'm trying to evaluate is the point they're driving for. Perhaps comics shouldn't be evaluated based on meaning, maybe that's unfar. But Calvin and Hobbes, by the virtue of even its philosophically weigthy name-sake, is a deeper delving search for meaning than Peanuts ever takes a shot at. I mean, there's a lot of metaphor in Peanuts, or there's not. I guess it depends on how deep you're willing to dig for meaning in it. Lucy with holding the football (spoiler... hah) constantly can mean all sorts of things that you want it to. But Calvin is much more overt about it. That's why Calvin sticks with me and Peanuts doesn't. I think of peanuts as a body of work while thinking of specific Calvin and Hobbes works and references that were meaningful and though provoking.

They are both time honored and beloved. One simply has more meaning. I would put Farside in an equally thought provoking arena (at times). Garfield is one I'd put in the Peanuts category, but as a newer and more relevant one.

Calvin and Hobbes all the way, if for one simple reason: the writer knew when to retire. I was really disappointed when I first found out that the writer was retiring, but seeing what has happened to Peanuts, it was definitely the right move in retrospect. I used to like Peanuts, but it got stale decades ago, and even death hasn't been able to get the papers to stop running the comic. I now regard Peanuts with the same disdain I regard Garfield. Peanuts is just an empty shell now, its creator long dead and its characters more useful for selling insurance than entertaining. The cartoonist that pen the Sunday comics really need to learn when to retire, it makes the difference between immortalizing ones art and leaving it out to rot.

Oh, I have such a special place in my heart for Calvin & Hobbes. One of the most infuriating dreams I ever had was going to bookstore and finding a whole shelf of new books.

One of Many:
I'll give Peanuts credit, it's holiday specials hold a place in my heart but no other comic, not in newspaper or a webcomic, has made me cry, other then the last Calvin and Hobbes strip, which was published on December the 31st 1995.

Oh, damn it all...that strip still does it to me. Even today.

Going to be perfectly honest here: I never cared for Peanuts. Not even their TV specials.

C&H wins.

Good debate, and good choices, but I'm all Calvin and Hobbes on this one.

I cannot believe you didn't touch the art. Many of C&H sundays, especially the standalones, were visual feasts that haven't been done since the days of full page sprees like Little Nemo. Coloring the characters and doing more background is one thing, but Watterson outright crafted.

Eh I'm saying Peanuts. Your basically debating the grand daddy of sunday comics vs the short lived edgey one trying to be cool and colorful and marketed at for kids and have meaning in it for adults. Basically Mario vs call of duty in the exact same way.

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