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David Gilbert’s Buckles To End Next Sunday

Reed Brennan has posted an announcement noting Buckles will end March 21, 2021.

Attention Buckles clients:

Buckles is ending publication. The Sunday strip for March 21 will be the last Buckles. If you are using it in your pages, please contact your King Features Syndicate sales representative to choose an alternative.

David Gilbert and KFS began the Buckles comic strip 25 years ago on March 25, 1996.

The last Sunday strip will be a very nice, sentimental farewell.


© King Features Syndicate

note: headline changed to reflect true end date

Community Comments

#1 Jon Rush
March/13/2021
@ 5:04 pm

I’m sad. Buckles is always a bright spot on a dismal comics page.

#2 Joseph Nebus
March/13/2021
@ 7:12 pm

That’s disappointing news, and also startling that it’s on such short notice. Do hope that Gilbert is all right.

#3 Darryl Heine
March/14/2021
@ 1:16 pm

Buckles will be the first newspaper comic strip to end in 2021.

#4 John Rose
March/15/2021
@ 6:13 am

I’m sorry to read this–I have always loved the art in Buckles.

#5 Carlo Coratelli
March/17/2021
@ 12:26 pm

Sad news. Buckles is a little but good strip.

#6 Michael Kreps
March/21/2021
@ 7:00 am

Great comic strip. Buckles was the first strip I read daily. Sorry to see it go. Hope it returns someday.

#7 derek graham
March/21/2021
@ 5:32 pm

Thank you Mr. Gilbert for a happy character, Buckles.

Cheers,

Derek

#8 Ronald griebell
March/21/2021
@ 11:50 pm

Buckles is my favorite comic strip and has been since I moved to Las Vegas in 1999. So sad that all the good things in life are taken away. We now have comic strips as an ode to poor dead animals and that crap remains while Buckles goes away. I will miss him dearly.

#9 Dick carlson
March/22/2021
@ 8:11 am

I loved the art in Buckles. I wanted to be a cartoonist as a boy. The wonderfully expressive Buckles was a character I would have wished to create. Aces. Thanks for 25 pleasurable years.
Dick Carlson, US Ambassador (ret) Chevy Chase, Md

#10 Linda morell
March/22/2021
@ 8:11 am

I am so very sad. I have been reading buckles for many years. This past year has been very difficult for me but I always managed a smile after reading Buckles. Bye Buckles ? I will miss you!

#11 Fran Britton
March/22/2021
@ 8:13 am

As a dog owner and dog lover I will certainly miss the strip. Good Luck in whatever you do next!!!

#12 phil dullinger
March/22/2021
@ 9:43 am

BRING BACK BUCKLES

#13 Bekky Brown
March/22/2021
@ 9:45 am

I am surprised and disappointed when I found out Buckles comic is ended. I love this cute dog and it is funny. I wish I would buy comic book but they don’t have it anymore. I hope the cartoonist would change his mind to put the comic back on. I will miss Buckles.

#14 Stephanie Fitzgerald
March/22/2021
@ 12:56 pm

Very sad. Will miss Buckles’ dog haikus, his scraps with Scrappy the squirrel, his chats with Arden the bird, Lester–the little dog on wheels and, of course, Paul & Jill (Jill’s so wonderfully sensible).The strip was funny & sweet.
I hope David Gilbert resumes publishing Buckles, but thank him for many smiles & laughs.

#15 Boyd Beccue
March/22/2021
@ 2:14 pm

A sad day indeed. I lost my little dog, age 15, in 2019. Now Buckles, age 25, is gone too. Sometimes I think people don’t deserve dogs. They are too nice. I hope all goes well for Mr. Gilbert. Maybe another strip?

#16 Tom Schmitt
March/22/2021
@ 7:16 pm

Bring back Buckles, miss him already.

#17 Robin Adkins
March/22/2021
@ 11:18 pm

I loved Buckles. I’m so sorry it is ending. Thanks for the laughs.

#18 Jym Shipman
March/23/2021
@ 4:36 am

I loved Buckles! He will be missed as part of my daily comic strip research reads. thanks for all the years of JOY!

#19 Terese Edelstein
March/23/2021
@ 8:18 am

I enjoyed the artwork and sweet, gentle humor of the Buckles cartoon strip. I will miss it!

#20 Lois Hornbrook
March/23/2021
@ 8:26 am

My husband and I are disappointed that Buckles will no longer be published on the comic pages. It has been one of our favorites over the years and will be missed. May David Gilbert have good fortune in his future endeavors.

#21 P.J. Terryberry
March/23/2021
@ 8:58 am

I salute David Gilbert for ending this comic. Too many cartoonists hang on to dying IPs in order to milk every last dollar out of them when the creative output is awful. It is one of the few industries where bad content can run for decades.

#22 Dad Snorlax
March/23/2021
@ 9:25 am

the last two years have been brutal for favored comics, from Stone Soup to now Buckles. I suppose Fred Basset is next…..

#23 Anne Bardell
March/23/2021
@ 10:12 am

I am so sorry to see Buckles go! I live in the UK and only discovered him about a year or so ago. I love that dog – he is goofy and sweet and innocent and never fails to raise a smile (at least!) or a laugh. His battles with that pesky vaccum, the dog-proof bin and that intruder in the mirror, not to mention his many sleeping positions and his conversations with Flea – they are all so beautifully portrayed. Thank you, Mr Gilbert – ever since I stumbled upon Buckles you have brightened my days!

#24 Elaine Kentala
March/23/2021
@ 10:50 am

I am so sad and upset that Buckles is not in my newspaper. I always turned to him first as a happy way to start the day. It was like he was a friend. The placements of the characters in the strip and the expressions of all were so special.
How can we get in touch with David Gilbert to see how he will continue his extraordinary talent with this cartoon ? Please know, David, how much we all miss Buckles.

#25 Betty Ryan
March/23/2021
@ 3:34 pm

Thank you, Mr. Gilbert, for Buckles! I LOVED him and all of the characters in the comic strip. I always began my day by checking up on Buckles and his antics. Will miss him very much!

#26 Ron Baggett
March/23/2021
@ 4:06 pm

Will miss Buckles! I named my rescue Cocker “Buckles”. I lost him to cancer four years ago. Both “Buckles” always brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart. I loved both of them. Thank you Mr. Gilbert!!!

#27 Gladys Palmer
March/23/2021
@ 5:37 pm

Buckles was a family favorite for many years. When my Eugene passed in 2012 his last words to me were, “I’ll miss Buckles most of all.”

#28 James Beusse
March/24/2021
@ 10:07 am

I hope there’s a chance that King can rerun the strip from the beginning! ‘Buckles Classic’ maybe. My wife and I have only read the last 7 or 8 years and we’d love to see the beginnings of Paul and Jill’s journey with Buckles.

#29 Bill & Diane Michaels
March/24/2021
@ 2:41 pm

So sad to hear BUCKLES won’t be with us in our paper any more. He’s been a favorite of our family for at least 10 years. Thank you Mr. Gilbert for all the wonderful ventures you took us on over the years with Jill, Paul, Arden and of course himself Buckles. We wish you well in your retirement, may the good Lord bless you and your loved ones. Best Wishes .

#30 Toni Waggoner
March/26/2021
@ 12:13 pm

I join the list of those who love Buckles. I have been searching & even emailed our paper complaining.?

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