I've been mulling over how I feel about this for a little while. When I first started reading City Paper 17 years ago, I went straight for the comics. I like a mix of bad and good with my comics, I'll take my Calvin & Hobbes right along with my Cathy or Apartment 3-G. I lament the fact that Maakies, which is occasionally actually funny, has been removed from the City Paper. I loathed Tim Kreider's contributions but I appreciated them. It was nice to see what was out there, a collection of offensive, insightful, funny, and not funny. I think part of the true initiative of a "weekly alternative" is to support diversity in comics even if it means being offended. R. Crumb is equal parts brilliant and horrible, but it's the balance between the two that genius can be found. There's an achievable balance at City Paper that comes from a collection of weird, awful, funny things and it makes for an exciting world of illustrated goodies to pick up every week.