Raising Hector (8/5/09)

08-05-09 (Raising Hector)

I’ve done a good job of ignoring Raising Hector lately, but today’s strip was so awful that it practically jumped off the newspaper page. I don’t mean to be harsh, but this installment has all the hallmarks of something that was dashed off during the lunch hour. The text is computer generated, there’s a typo in the punchline and the decision to name the teddy bear “Boobie” is ill-conceived at best. Can someone please tell me why the Chicago Tribune chose this strip to replace the truly excellent Candorville?


One Response to “Raising Hector (8/5/09)”

  1. TV's Mr. Neil Says:

    I’ve read your other posts, and I understand your biggest issue with Hector is that it replaced Condorville. I have the Tribune too, and I can appreciate that argument. On the other hand, Condorville is online, so it’s not as big a deal for me as it would have been in the 80s and 90s.

    My issue with Raising Hector is that it really is the worst “professional” comic I’ve ever seen. It’s the new Hi And Lois. It operates on the archaic theory that the punchline is at the end, and everything leading up to it is just build-up. As a result, the bulk of what you read in Hector is superfluous and boring, including the punchline, oddly enough.

    I don’t mind the computer font text, aside from the fact that the author made no attempt to hide this fact. There are much better fonts than the ones he uses here, especially in the middle panel. That looks like it actually might be Comic Sans, and even if it isn’t, it’s just as bad.

    And it should be pointed out that the artist simply doesn’t know how to draw children. The only reason you know that this is a child is because it’s dressed like one and is relatively small in proportion to the dresser and teddy bear. Otherwise, you could place that head on an adult body and it would work just as well.

    I can’t even tell what’s going on in this comic. She cried the bear down? And where’s the joke? Is that bad pun supposed to be it?

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