April 16, 2009 § Leave a comment
Bizarro was always one of those comics I cut out of the papers and stuck in my journal, on the rare occasion I actually read the papers. I missed it, so did a little googling one day and found the official site, the usual wikipedia entry and even better, Dan Piraro’s BizarroBlog .
His daily entry gives background to one of his cartoons, and it’s entertaining to see what inspired or provoked the creation of the cartoon. Especially since the way he writes is exactly the same style of succint, offbeat humour you get in the strip. It’s also great that he credits his idea-givers freely. Now that’s a cartoonist who’s confident about his sense of humour and interpretation.
When I was younger, I used to mix up The Far Side and Bizarro. Not so much for the content – because there are differences in the humour – but because of the one-panel format and text placement. So it clears things up a little to find out that Bizarro came into syndication in 1985 to replace Gary Larson’s “The Far Side” when it shifted to another syndicate.
I’m glad for a daily Bizarro. It sure makes the daily stress-grinding better. Here‘s another one of my recent favourites.