As one with a very low tolerance for depressive goth chic (crap like Emily the Strange
makes me ill), I was surprised to find that, after with Pears Before Swine
is my favorite current newspaper comic. Granted, that's not exactly high praise (go away, Family Circus
, go away), but there it is. It may touch on goth subjects, but its jollity and good humor keeps it from being dreadful.
Thing is, I thought for sure Liō was a girl. If only to draw a clearer distinction between him and Watterson's Calvin, I prefer to think of her as a girl. Take this crossover comic, which I was again surprised to find amusing, giving my affection for Calvin and Hobbes
Maybe it's me, but I think the strip just reads better with Liō as a girl.