If you're anything like me, you're irrationally afraid of having sticky hands, eat most meals over your kitchen sink and keep a sword-cane in your car, just in case someone at a party doesn't believe your claim that you have a sword-cane in your car. If you're anything else like me, you're a big, giant fan of Tony Carrillo's brilliant strip F-Minus, and also maybe drive a Toyota Camry.
Regardless of how we differ on the finer points, I think we can all agree that F-Minus is one of the most consistently inventive comics since The Far Side, which is pretty much universally acknowledged as the high-water mark in daily absurdism, right above [fill in your own joke about politicians here]. Zing!
Once you read comics for a while, it becomes pretty easy to spot where the gag is going to end up based on the premise. This isn't a bad thing at all, necessarily-- in fact, it's a not-insignificant factor in why so many readers find the comics so comforting. In those strips, enjoyment comes from the subtle turns the creator makes to keep an otherwise stale setup fresh, which is itself quite a feat as a given strip goes on year after year.
There's a qualitative difference to laughter resulting from different levels of humor. This is just an observation on my part, so it's hardly science, but the sound someone makes when laughing to punchlines that amount to "Oh, that's a thing I recognize," "That's an unconventional reaction to a common circumstance" or "This is the quiet part at the end of that sentence where I'm supposed to make a laughing sound," are of a much blunter, broad texture than the sharp "Ha!" of a joke that takes you by surprise.
I'm lucky enough to be among the first to get my sticky hands on a fresh batch of F-Minuses as they roll in each week, and upon first scrolling through them, I can't recall an instance where I've reacted with any of the first three laughs, which are essentially polite social cues that you're aware a joke is present. Not that I'm usually sitting at my desk interrupting the otherwise serene office environment with obnoxious braying, but when I do, it's either because I just watched that YouTube video where the baby panda sneezes and startles its mother again, or because of F-Minus. The strip is always a treat, and that panda is so startled!
Coincidentally, it's a good thing I've droned on so long about this strip, because I happened to dig up a bunch of my favorites to share with y'all this week. Kismet!
Enjoy them, won't you? [ProTip: yes]
...But you don't have to take my word for it! Click these words, and be whisked to a place where you can read all the F Minus that your heart desires [if you're a non-pro member, I hope your heart only desires the last two weeks' worth]!