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    Old Master Q

    There is a comic strip inside the Standard newspaper every day called Old Master Q. I read it every day to see if it is even close to being funny and it never is. I'm starting to think that the day I find a funny one will signal the beginning of the apocolypse.

    What I want to know is a) is this the worst comic strip ever anywhere in the world, b) if not what is worse and c) if it's printed every day in the newspaper somebody, somewhere must like it. Am I missing something?

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    A good question. I've come to the conclusion that they aren't supposed to be funny. I think they must be some sort of attempt to bring Chinese comic-books into English or something, but whatever it is it really doesn't translate well for me.

    One thing you have to remember is that the vast bulk of the readership of The Standard (or the SCMP for that matter) is Chinese so maybe it means something to them.

    Any locals care to comment?

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    Old Master Q has been going since 1962. Today it's still popular but, IMO, it doesn't translate well across languages, cultures or the decades.
    Last edited by Claire ex-ax; 12-08-2009 at 04:35 PM.

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    I have to agree, my usual reaction is... eh?
    I never find it funny and just try and figure out its point, maybe its a puzzle?
    The drawing is OK, but must be a cultural schism there.

    On the other hand, it seems the 'comical' part has been dropped from modern 'comics' in general... politics, social issues blah, blah, blah.

    Anybody remember when comics were funny,... like Johnny Hart's FarSide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerSun View Post

    Anybody remember when comics were funny,... like Johnny Hart's FarSide?
    FarSide was brilliant! I always used to look out for it.

    To be fair there are some funny ones still about. The comics in HK magazine are usually funny. The one at the back of the current issue
    made me laugh out loud on the MTR - got some very strange looks!
    Last edited by Stu79; 12-08-2009 at 04:56 PM.

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    From the omq website:[url=http://www.omqcomics.com/en/home/home_01.htm]OLD MASTER Q

    "This is the story of…
    …Old Master Q (“Lao Fu Zi”) and his many dear friends in an urban city setting. Unlike his somewhat old-fashioned costume, Old Master Q lives his life in a very unorthodox manner—often stumbles himself and his friends in and out of trouble. Playful and childlike in nature, Old Master Q and his “cool gang”, particularly the chubby darling Big Potato, handle the everyday life problems and annoyance with sunny outlook in sometimes shockingly hilarious manners."

    I hope this works this time - first time it vanished. Clearly someone thinks it is hilarious!
    Last edited by MovingIn07; 12-08-2009 at 04:58 PM.

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    I enjoyed Gary Hart's The Far Side. Was Johnny's funny too? What about Gary Larson's? So many Far Sides...
    Last edited by Claire ex-ax; 12-08-2009 at 05:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07 View Post
    "This is the story of…
    …Old Master Q (“Lao Fu Zi”) and his many dear friends in an urban city setting. Unlike his somewhat old-fashioned costume, Old Master Q lives his life in a very unorthodox manner—often stumbles himself and his friends in and out of trouble. Playful and childlike in nature, Old Master Q and his “cool gang”, particularly the chubby darling Big Potato, handle the everyday life problems and annoyance with sunny outlook in sometimes shockingly hilarious manners."

    I hope this works this time - first time it vanished. Clearly someone thinks it is hilarious!

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    Or Gary Larson's "The Far Side"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megatronic View Post
    Or Gary Larson's "The Far Side"?
    Haaaa, the senility raises it's ugly head!
    Yes, Gary Larson for FarSide,
    and Johnny Hart was the equally brilliant "B.C"

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