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October 5th, 2000

Zippy the Pinhead

Zippy the Pinhead has been one of my favorite comics since I first saw it in the Washington Post about six years ago. It’s been around for quite a while, and the author, Bill Griffith, has even done adult-oriented comics. The thing is, I’m not quite sure why I like it — more than half the time I just don’t get the joke. Perhaps it’s the distorted, personified view of Americana like burger joints and diners, or maybe it’s the non-sequiter nature of the dialogue. But I have a feeling it’s just the fact that the main character is a demented clown.

Anyone else a fan of this bizzaro-art? -ram

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FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday October 6, 2000 -- 4:42:55PM
Sometimes it's a funny strip but it just as often runs into the same problem "Ruben the Dancing Bug" does: that of speaking down to the audience. Some cartoonists just come across as frustrated wannabe intellectuals who don't realize that the funny pages ain't the best place for the high art they think they're doing.

"Bloom County" will always remain the perfect strip because it was smart, topical, and thought-provoking and Berke Breathed never talked down to his readers. Dang, I miss that strip.

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