Unshelved is an uneven strip. I know that. We both know that. We like that. Our punchlines ebb and flow. Sometimes - like this week - we focus on character development over obvious jokes. And sometimes it doesn't work. And I know better than anyone that the art sometimes doesn't meet the mark. Whatever. We mark it up to learning and move on.
Then there are comic strips that are always just right. The timing, the art, the characters, the jokes - they never fail. They are rare, these comics, but fortunately they exist. And right now I have three I read regularly. You should read them too.
Dont' get me wrong - there's a lot of brilliance out there. But it's uneven. Penny Arcade makes me laugh hard some days, and some days (like today) they're off in a weird corner of gamersville. Goats is often brilliant but it practically defines the term "uneven." And of course most every newspaper strip is even in a very dull and boring way. That's no fun. I want consistantly perfect. Is that so much to ask?