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Improving Tech Comics Could Do Wonders Toward Improving MIT

Though there is the occasional article of note and interest, I think it plain that the best portion of The Tech is, in fact, the comics section. It is literally one of the few sparks of color in the otherwise monotone pages, administering a much need dose of humor. The comics should be the primary focus of the activities of the innumerate staff and resources. The introduction of the "Dilbert" serial is a move I fully applaud, but there remains much room for improvement.

Foremost in my mind is the new serial "Noun Poetry" that seems to have sneaked in the shadows of Mr. Scott Adams. Had it not been in the pages labeled "comics," I would have thought it the accidentally-printed scribblings of some drunk post-modernist undergoing psychological testing for repressed memories or such.

Granted, "Dammed for Life" and "Off Course" aren't the most amusing of comics, and they read at times like poorly-scripted soap operas with cartoon characters. But they are simply leagues better than this "poetry" so reminiscent of my pre-school activities with Crayola. I am not familiar with the latest fashion among those who fancy themselves poets, but this stuff certainly has no place in the comics. I take Stan Lee and Spiderman anytime over Michel Foucault.

A brief glance on page four shows scores of people on the staff. Surely there must be at least one among them or among the thousands on campus who possesses even a minor sense of humor and a skill for depicting it. Can it be that this campus is without a single cartoonist who knows what is funny? Improving The Tech's comics would do immeasurably more to improve the quality of student life than any committee or eager Undergraduate Association politician aspirant could do. Laughter is golden and Tech comics are lead.

Gary Li '00