For reasons I find hard to explain, Raising Hector still enjoys a spot on the Chicago Tribune comics page. Today’s installment is particularly infuriating, what with its obvious grammatical error. In panel two, one of the characters asks, “We’re all the remote controls or blasters?” As any fourth grader could tell you, this means, “We are all the remote controls or blasters?” and not, “Where are all the remote controls or blasters?” The grammatical goof is bad enough, but what really makes me upset is the fact that Candorville, an excellent strip that occasionally pokes fun at poor usage, was dumped from the paper to make room for this nonsense.
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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?
I never considered this ploy as a child, even though I lived with a grandmother who wore dentures. She soaked them in a glass every night, but there’s no way I would have handled synthetic gums, even for a cash reward. What would I have spent the money on anyway? Probably candy, which would have hastened my own need for dentures.
I’ve never liked Raising Hector, primarily because the “Chicago Tribune” used it to replace Candorville, but today’s strip earns points for sheer strangeness. I can’t understand why an extremely short, forty-something Pinocchio lookalike is staggering through a sandbox, but I also can’t take my eyes off of it. The drool in panel three only adds to the confusion.