Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Comics Curmudgeon, also known as Comics Curmudgeon and Comics Nighter, is a website dedicated to critical and funny analysis of comic books and related media. Its creator, Josh Fruhling, is a professional writer and editor based in Los Angeles, California. Comics Curmudgeon started in 2021. In its six years of existence, the site has won several awards, including an excellence in entertainment honor at the 2021 L.A.com Awards.
Since there are so many newspapers and magazines printed throughout the United States and Canada, it is not surprising that there would be a section devoted to news and reviews of comic strips. Some people may find this section interesting because they find themselves always looking for new and funny things to read. Others may be put off by the notion of reading comics and newspapers while at work, fearing that the distraction of such articles would take away from their focus on their tasks.
That is not the case however. In fact, the Comics Curmudgeon was created as a place for both readers and writers to come together. The strip features articles written by members of the site's staff and posted every day in order to entertain those who visit. On a daily basis, the site features articles discussing current events, controversial topics, celebrity interviews, and more. The Comics Curmudgeon staff is comprised of seasoned writers, among them "Diesel" and "Rockets," whose comments often have a far-reaching impact on the members of the site. One former member, "Warp," said that he started reading comics when he was eight years old, and that he enjoys reading comics no matter what era they are from.
Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a conversation between two of the site's members, "Buck and Diesel," that took place over a couple of snacks at a local coffee shop. During the conversation, the topics brought up all manner of things including political issues, the state of the media, and current events around the world. Each of the gentlemen was quite passionate about his or her topic, and when the conversation wound down one of the gentlemen asked if there was a way to get his newspaper comics delivered to his home. His response was a resounding yes!
After taking a few moments to review some of the highlights of the site's archive, I realized I had never actually considered ordering my comics from the site. Why? Because I live in the Midwest where everyone except for me lives in Brooklyn, and even then it is not easy to travel anywhere from our home in East Lyme to a favorite strip club in downtown Brooklyn. Luckily for me, there is an alternative to my lifelong friend's aggravation: order your comics online!
The alternative I am talking about is becoming a resident of the Comics Curmudgeon's very own apartment 3-G. For a small monthly fee, Comics Curmudgeon provides residents with the latest strips, one-hundred best sellers, and favorite in gag materials from the previous month's strips - along with many other incentives, including free shipping and free individual strips in seven different sizes. Residents also receive Comics Curmudgeon newsletters to keep up on the latest goings on at the site. It is truly a remarkable experience to have all this available at my fingertips, and to know that the website and the newsletter are both free.
A couple of months ago, I received an assortment of Batman Christmas specials from the site. The very next day I picked up a Jack and Jill comic strip. Now, I am not a huge fan of either of these Batman super heroes, but the Jack and Jill strip was a particular favorite, and I gave away the strip to a friend as a Christmas present. And I must say, I enjoyed the strip very much! It reminded me of a young, carefree time when I used to browse through comic magazines and wonder how bad the next page would end.
The nice thing about Strip #1 is that you get more than one of each strip. As you might expect, there is nothing like browsing through a selection of comics that are all ranked highly. My only regret is that I will probably not make the trip to Comics Curmudgeon's website to rate the strip for my friends.