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Universal offers papers month of Cul de Sac for free

Universal Uclick is offering newspapers a free month of Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac with a commitment to run it for another six. This is the first time I’ve seen such an offer posted on a syndicate website (but admit I don’t check the sales side of their sites frequently).

Community Comments

#1 rodd perry
January/14/2011
@ 11:33 am

It’s ON!

#2 Eddie Pittman
January/14/2011
@ 12:49 pm

This comic is brilliant and should be in every newspaper! Twice!

#3 Stephen Beals
January/14/2011
@ 1:18 pm

Definitely one of the best strips…of any era.

#4 Ted Rall
January/14/2011
@ 2:11 pm

I don’t know about the public aspect, but syndicates do this sort of thing from time to time. They have for years.

#5 Rich Diesslin
January/14/2011
@ 3:12 pm

I’m guessing most newspapers won’t want to change their layout even for a month, but it would seem a great way to get new readers/papers if they would. The other problem is it is almost impossible for papers to tell what the interest level is (as has been discussed ad infinitium here). Anyway, I hope it nets some more papers for Cul De Sac.

#6 Dave Stephens
January/14/2011
@ 3:29 pm

If the syndicates have done this for years, I’d hope that’s because it works… Good luck to ’em!

#7 Scott Metzger
January/14/2011
@ 3:50 pm

I?m just surprised this strip isn?t in 800 papers already.

#8 Ted Rall
January/14/2011
@ 3:59 pm

Going out on a limb here, I’d say we will never see a new comic strip hit the 500-newspaper mark again. I’d be shocked if we ever saw a 300.*

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*That’s real 300, not syndicate’s “300.”

#9 Darryl Heine
January/14/2011
@ 4:19 pm

Maybe a New York City area newspaper – Daily News or NY Post or Newsday – could test Cul De Sac for a month or 6 months.

#10 Scott Nickel
January/14/2011
@ 6:22 pm

In the future, new strips will be judged by the number of Facebook friends they have.

#11 b.j. Dewey
January/17/2011
@ 10:42 pm

I hope lots of papers take advantage of this offer because Cul de Sac, while it may at first glance seem like just one more family comic, is deeper, funnier, better written, more imaginative, and better drawn than most of the other family fare.

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