- the truly great ones that I couldn't miss (Calvin & Hobbes, Peanuts, Far Side, Bloom County)
- the ones to avoid (usually serious stuff like Rex Morgan, M.D. or Prince Valiant)
- the rest - those which weren't as consistent, but funny often enough that I would usually read them.
Initially, I thought that Michaelis was reaching too much, trying to draw conclusions and observations about Shultz's upbringing from comics that didn't necessarily prove his point. But the further I got into the book the clearer the pattern emerged and seemed to fit. I've heard the Schultz family wasn't entirely pleased with the finished book - which is certainly understandable - but it seemed to me to be thoroughly researched. It's disappointing to learn that someone who so frequently brought a smile to my face didn't always have one for himself, but it's also inspiring to know he succeeded in spite of his challenges. I found this a very compelling and enjoyable book. I highly recommend it.