There's A Sucker Born Every Minute

By Barry Graham

Below, we continue with There's a Sucker Born Every Minute's 10 Best Cartoons of the 21st Century, with cartoons 5 through 1. 

Read the first installment here!

 

5. BOB'S BURGERS

 

Creators – Loren Bouchard (Lucy: The Daughter of the Devil)

By the time Bob's Burgersdebuted on Fox in 2011 to fill the void left by the cancellation of King of the Hill, family-centric animated sitcoms were nothing new. With early forerunners like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Wait Til Your Father Gets Home (which is the least known but easily the most influential) paving the way, edgier shows like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad were cleared to dominate prime-time television ratings. And they did. Except for Bob's Burgers. Early reception of Bob and his burger clan was dismal; called “pointlessly vulgar and derivatively dull” by the Washington Post and “unwise” and “unnecessary” by Reuters. The crude animation and subtle, deadpan humor went unappreciated by audiences used to getting off on the dick in your ass antics of Cleveland and Roger. Then somehow, seemingly overnight and by magic, America woke up and embraced the Belchers as if they'd been long lost relatives all along. Let's figure out why. 

Because the Burger of the Day is always the right thing to serve. 

Because there's never been a better written animated sitcom. Ever. Bob's Burgers has found a way to transcend the genre and become not just a funny cartoon, but a perfectly timed, perfectly executed comedic masterpiece. 

Because Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, and Louise remind us that it's ok for families to love each other and stand together as a unified front. As a reaction to the Huxtables and Tanners of the 80's, Gen Xers have made it their mission to piss on family values and reveal the ugly underside of the American Dream without taking responsibility for the repercussions. That's what Gen Xers do. Now we're stuck with a generation of television and internet junkies who bought into the notion that family unity and love and respect are for suckers.

 
Wannabe - 23

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 23

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

 

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.

 

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Wannabe - 22

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 22

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

 

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.

 

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Wannabe - 21

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 21

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle, author of our serial graphic story Asylum Doors, documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

 

See the previous installment of Asylum Doors here.  Stay tuned for the next installment coming soon, but now on a monthly basis with fuller stories.

 

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
WORDS + MUSIC #4

By Naomi Huffman

WORDS+MUSIC #4: FALL RELEASE PARTY is TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 5th, at 9:00 pm at The Empty Bottle! 

We'll be celebrating the release of our SIX SEPTEMBER TITLES with readings by SAMANTHA IRBY (author of MEATY, creator of the blog BITCHES GOTTA EATCHRIS TERRY (author of ZERO FADE), JOSEPH BATES (author of TOMORROWLAND and THE NIGHTTIME NOVELIST), DANIELA OLSZEWSKA (author of CITIZEN J, and TRAINS FOR MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF CAREERS).

Stay around for a chance to hear what Daytrotter.com calls "dirty floor country songs," by AL SCORCH! Scorch's soulful songs are raw and ramshackle, and honest ot boot.

 


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