Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Trudeau on Dilbert

PZ Myers (of Pharyngula) and Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) had a little disagreement over Adams's credentials to evaluate the biological theory of evolution. I side with PZ on this one -- he is, after all, a trained biologist.

Today, I came across this interview (pdf) with Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, in which he discusses the relevancy of his comic, and political cartooning in general, after 35 years of Doonesbury. He talks about satirists finding other outlets (SNL, The Daily Show, Letterman), but also explains his influence in bringing attention to the dialog in cartooning despite mediocre drawing. On this topic, he says:
"[T]he best strip of the last decade is 'Dilbert,' and it sure isn't because of the drawing."
I would say The Boondocks (the strip, not the crappy show on Cartoon Network) and Non-Sequitur have better writing and better drawing than Dilbert. Plus, Non-Sequitur rips on the pseudo-science that Scott Adams is happy to endorse in clever ways that Adams can only aspire to.


At 4:23 AM, Blogger MichaelBains said...

Non Sequitor definitely trumps Dilbert, though not always for the laugh. When PZ first commented that Adam's was being whack, I read the precipitous Adam's post and commented that he should really not lie like he was doing without at least an attempt at humour.

I've printed out so many Speed Bump panels it's hilarious though!


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