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Berkeley Breathed examines the future of comics in newspapers

There is a great article over at the LA Times about an upcoming “Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books” symposium that will examine the future of comics in the newspaper. The article quotes extensively Berkeley Breathed, who will be one of the featured cartoonists on the panel. Other cartoonists on the panel include Cathy Guisewite (“Cathy“), Jerry Scott (“Baby Blues” and “Zits“) and Lalo Alcaraz (“La Cucaracha“).

Berkeley:

“I don’t think you’ll ever see another ‘Calvin & Hobbes,’ ‘Bloom County’ or ‘Doonesbury’ again,” says Breathed, 48, who received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. “The popularity of those strips was built on a young audience ? great comic strips are not built on the backs of aging readers.”

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