Who Drew It Worst? The "Bad" Art Poll
The Burning Question o' the Day is as straightforward as it is simple: Which comics display the worst art on the page?
Straightforward, yes, but perhaps not as simple as it seems. One fan's trashy style is another fan's fine-lined aesthetic bouquet.
F'rinstance, a regular Riffs reader told me he flat-out cannot stand Scott Stantis's scratchy style in "Prickly City." That same day, though, a Pulitzer-winning cartoonist said that Stantis's frenetic style is not only lovely and swellegant and a delight to behold, but also evocative of the great Jules Feiffer: a dynamic line exquisitely rendered. Talk about the height of compliments.
Likewise, there's The Case of "Dilbert." Scott Adams makes no great claims to artistry, he tells 'Riffs, but I would argue this: By knowing his limitations as well as his strengths, he eventually honed a static style of iconic-art that perfectly fits the strip.
If his workers are all but reduced to helpless near-zombies in a state of perpetual oppression, you don't exactly want to call upon the graceful lines and noirish shades of "Judge Parker's" Eduardo Baretto.
I ask this question not to "hate" on art (though that's surely enough motive for some). Nay, my greater curiosity here is how wildly your opinions might diverge. In other words: Which comics stir entirely opposite perspectives -- as if they were a viewer's version of an MC Escher illustration. Eye of the beholder, indeed.
So who draws it the worst? Whose art stirs in you powerful feelings of disgust and revulsion, hot wrath and high dudgeon? The floor is now yours.
Whenever you vote on "Riffs," just know this: The syndicates are listening.
In recent days, I asked for your noms for Funniest Post Comic, then posted a poll of your 15 most-mentioned contenders. Well, Universal Press Syndicate has noted the results when two of its strips -- "Cul de Sac" and "Pooch Cafe" -- were leading the way.
(Since then, "Agnes" has taken a slight lead as the vote tally suddenly -- suspiciously? -- ballooned to more than 900. And I should note that "Pearls Before Swine" was the consistent early leader before the voting got bizarrely rabid.)
We'll have to close the precincts soon on this one, but rest confident knowing your vote has reverberations. Just FYI, come that day when 'Riffs posts the final poll of the worst art in our midst, based on today's nominations.
| February 4, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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