1. What was your favorite comic strip as a child? It's a tie between Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes. With Peanuts I grew up on both the comics and the specials. And I could relate to Calvin's imagination. Whenever I'm in traffic and see a decal featuring a ripped-off image of Calvin peeing on a car logo or praying to a cross, I wish to do bodily harm to the person in that vehicle. Calvin & Hobbes, besides being hilarious, had a creator with much more integrity than that.
2. Which comic strip today most consistently tickles your funny bone? I really like Zits. More than one of these ended up on the fridge while my brother and I were in high school and college. I also enjoyed Opus, but I guess that's not eligible now.
3. Which Peanuts character is closest to being you? I'm going to say Charlie Brown. He can't play sports that well, he can't bring himself to talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl, and he can see the beauty in a little twig among big gaudy aluminum trees even if he's the only one. He wants to do his best even if everyone else thinks he's wasting his time.
4. Some say that comic strips have replaced philosophy as a paying job, so to speak. Does this ring true with you? Nah. Stand-up comedy has replaced philosophy as a paying job. Comic strips can get some serious and profound messages across, but there's only so much you can do in those little squares.
5. What do you think the appeal is for the really long running comic strips like Blondie, Family Circus, Dennis the Menace as some examples? I'm going to be mean here, because I honestly don't know. Some of these older strips run the same jokes over and over. Dagwood made a big sandwich! Beetle Bailey is lazy and Sarge beat him up! Hagar the Horrible gets nagged by his wife! Family Circus is never funny! When I was a kid, I meticulously read every single comic except those weird adult soap opera ones, and after realizing that some of these do the same gags over and over, I've tended to skim over them instead.
Bonus question: Which discontinued comic strip would you like to see back in print? Calvin & Hobbes hands down. I've been pining for that ever since Bill Watterson quit.