A good comic is part of a dying age. As it stands right now, when I read the paper, I only look out for 2 or 3 strips, with the rest being absolute rubbish. Gone are the Farsides and the calvin and hobbes, only to be replaced with lackluster imitations that lack the special magic a comic requires to cause that ticklish sensation within us called laughter.
Luckily, not all hope is lost as there are still a few gems out there to be treasured. This is a thread to discuss these gems, to reveal these sacred treasures to the rest of your peers, and perhaps to discover a few pricless pearls of your own. This is a thread to discuss what you consider the best modern comic strip around. State the name, the author is known, the newspaper it is found, if possible post a thumbnail of a sample (no more than 2 please! And again, thumbnail!), but most importantly state why this comic is the best, heads above the rest, worthy of special attention.
My first nomination for the best current comic is a little series called speedbump. Its not found in the actual houston chronicle, but can be found on their online paper. It reminds of old school gary larson farside comics in the simple one panel design with caption, but unlike gary larson's comics this particular series is more focused at poking fun of people directly, rather than just the way they think, the gary larson method.
Here is a sample. I particularly like the way the people are drawn, with overemphasized noses and beadish eyes, indicating societies evergrowing curiousity coupled with an increasing sense of blindness. This is a common theme in the series. He also seems to use black and white better than most comics of the same style, and best of all, sticks to subjects that even a child can grasp, rather than being obtuse and cloudy (ie Non sequitur), not attempting to use big words or grown up topics alone to draw a snigger (ie Non sequitur). All in all, the series is my most enjoyable and a gem, one worth going out of your way to read everyday.
(I particularly like this one as I'm somewhat of a philosophy buff and I can relate, perhaps a bit too closely)