OK, so obviously I’m starting to run out of horribly written, drawn and unfunny comics. So now let’s move onto the ‘eh I’ll read it because it’s there but I can’t see why that’s overally funny but I do see what they’re kinda going for, even though the joke’s written on the same level as the comic strips I made when I was 11′ comics. First one up to the plate: Pearls Before Swine, with its main characters Pig, Rat, Zebra and Goat. It’s a comic that can go into dark places with its humor, but chooses not to venture there. Instead, it goes for puns and other similar joke setups.
Still, it can get better. One of the best ways to do that is to build on previous jokes, and make the comic insular. To a point. A writer can’t go completely inside and expect to grow their strip, but some of the funniest strips (Calvin and Hobbes as an example) referenced old material in such a way that one had to know the material to get the joke. Don’t go for the easy joke simply because it’s there. Pearls Before Swine, more often than not, simply just goes for gotcha (see above).