I'd call it a tossup between Frazz, Get Fuzzy, Zits, and Pearls Before Swine any given day. The current reruns of The Boondocks are reminding me how good it used to be before McGruder lost interest and wandered off to do the executive producer thing, too.
"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?"
Generally, I read "Garfield" (though I've been a little lax on reading it lately), "Rubes" and "Dilbert" every day. They're on the same page as the jumble and crossword that I do, so I probably wouldn't go out of my way to read them if they weren't.
Usually, I read most of the comics page in our local paper, but I especially like Foxtrot (foxtrot.com), Day by Day (daybydaycartoon.com), Baby Blues (babyblues.com), Frazz (comics.com), and Zits.
Since it seems to be mandatory to mention how much you miss The Boondocks, I must say that I don't. In fact, I am ecstatic that it's no longer in regular production because it was never funny to me and was offensively racist far too often.
Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. -- Erasmus
All others things being equal, the simplest solution is usually stupidity. -- Darwin Minor
You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"They're plump, ripe, and priced to move. Get your fat Samoan today!" (Packman V2)
Party foul on Mallard Fillmore. It really should be on our editorial page, but if Boondocks is D-U-N DONE, then maybe it'll hit the bricks too.
I'll read basically almost anything on the local paper's comics page, but I'll pay attention to For Better or For Worse, Boondocks, Foxtrot, Non Sequitur, Zits (dunno why, but hey), Dilbert (yeah, still), and Close to Home (not so much Funky Winkerbean, Baby Blues, or Gasoline Alley... I don't know why). We don't get Get Fuzzy, but I can't be bothered to seek it out on the Internets to read it (or pick up the Hartford Courant or... maybe the Register runs it too).
Girlfriend's also quite taken by Day to Day, and if the paper drops Mallard Fillmore, I wouldn't mind seeing that take its place at all.
I mourn Bloom County every time I see a comics page. I still miss it.
And I agree about For Better or Worse. While I haven't kept up with it, not getting the paper every day, I've always been impressed by the progress of the characters in a medium that's often so willing to be static.
Of current stuff, The Boondocks, even if it's never coming back, Big Top (anybody else get that?), and Foxtrot. I'm also always amused by the Spider-Man strip, just 'cause Stan Lee's dialogue always brings a smile to my face. Excelsior!
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien
Foxtrot, Pearls Before Swine ("HELLO ZEEBA NEIGHBA!"), and surprisingly, Luann (I like her brother's subplot.) are my must reads. Get Fuzzy used to be, but it's just felt "off" for more than a year now.
I also enjoy Drabble, but I just can't understand why Wendy is such a fucking bitch to Norman.
Pearls Before Swine (as if that weren't already obvious) Mutts Get Fuzzy Prince Valiant on Sundays
I read the Star Ledger comics section everyday and have found over the years that Houston, Dallas, Denver (if you combine the 2 papers) and Chicago have the best comics sections. The NY Post should be shot for their pathetic excuse of a comics section.
Favorite and one I go out of my way to read each day is Sherman's Lagoon... Always makes me smile at least, if not full out laughter.
Also Dilbert when I get the chance. So much of it reminds me of my office...
I would agree with whatever... Calvin and Hobbes is one of the best ever. I have 3 or 4 books of them, which my kids are now reading. I will lie down with my 9 year-old and read them over his shoulder...
Where the wild are strong, and the strong are the darkest ones, you're the Darkest One.
As for current strips: -Foxtrot -Boondocks (too bad McGruder is giving up on the strip) -Zits -Non Sequitor -Dilbert -Frazz -Doonesbury -For Better or For Worse -Opus (not as great as Bloom County, but still pretty good)
I hit 22,400. I went in positive that I would have done much better a few years ago, and seeing some of the words on the second page confirmed that thought. "Oh damn, what does that one mean again? Uh...."