Saturday, 26 June 2010

Saturday Funnies

I've always been a fan of comic strips. There are some very smart, very funny comic strips that have existed over the course of time, but I've noticed that there are very few hockey-related comic strips. Sure, you'd get the occasional Peanuts comic strip where Charles Schulz would have the kids on ice, but you almost never see the mainstream comic strips delve into the world of hockey. In regards to this oversight in comic strips, HBIC, as one of my summer projects, has decided to run an online comic strip page on Saturdays for the summer where you can find hockey-based comic strips, similar to your "Funnies" page in your local newspaper.

I want to be very clear here: HBIC is not writing a comic strip. My artistic talent tops out at stick men, so there will be no poorly-drawn hockey art produced by me. Therefore, there will be no HBIC-based comic strip. I'm sure I'd drive a ton of readers away with my lack of any sort of ability.

I do think, though, that some of the artists that produce these comic strips should have their names and work featured on other sites. They produce great work, and it is very intelligently written in terms of its humor. There may not be a market for these comic strips in your local "Funnies" page, but I'm going to try to give these people a second pace to host their strips.

If you know of any comic strips that should be featured, please let me know via email or in the comments below. I'll need to contact the writer of the comic strip to find out whether he or she would be willing to participate in this project, so let me know what comic strips you'd like to see featured. I have a few strips that I want to feature already, and I'll be sending out emails this week to those artists to prepare for next Saturday as we enter July.

As an example, here is a great comic strip produced by Bill Charbonneau. Charbonneau publishes his comic strips weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Small Market Sports, and I highly recommend that you check out his work. It's humorous and intelligent. (Click the comic strip to make it larger in a new window for easier reading!)
If you know of any additional comic strips, let me know!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

1 comment:

shutupadrian said...

Surely a comic drawn only with stickmen could never be popular. Right?

That's completely off-theme, though.

Not so much hockey, but lotsa Canadiana.

Actually, these are pretty well-known, so you might already be aware of them.