Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Short Shrift

Tuesday Comic Strip Day.

The problem with Short Ribs was that is was only ever as good as it's gags. The gag a day formula by cartoonist Frank O'Neal must have appealed to a lot of editors. At least I have found it in many papers from the very start. The basic conciet is that Short Ribs has no regular characters,ut different ones from different time periods every day. Thus guaranteeing the optimal element of surprise. Instead, it soon settled into a regular set of bland characters. After a couple of years it doesn't really matter where the characters are walking (they were almost always walking) and if they were cowboys or knights or astronauts... the art looked nice enough, but it was never more than nice.

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