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Amy Lago Responds to Dropped Opus Flap

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has posted an interview Tom Spurgeon coducted with Amy Lago, editor of the Washington Post Writers Group regarding the dropped Opus comics back in late August and early September. An excerpt: SPURGEON: Are you worried about any of the potential free speech elements to this incident, that it might […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Interviews, Comments: 9 Comments

Dropped Opus Causing Questions of Double Standards (UPDATE)

After more than 2 dozen papers temporarily dropped Berkeley Breathed’s Opus this last Sunday, many are questioning if the strip was offensive enough to warrant such action. The strip apparently didn’t offend Sheila Musaji, the editor of The American Muslim. Sheila wrote on her publication’s blog that: As a Muslim I was offended by the […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 45 Comments

Opus temporarily dropped in over 25 papers

Berkeley Breathed’s Opus has been temporarily dropped by 25 or more papers today and next week as the topic involves the Lola Granola’s character converting to “radical islamist.” Salon.com, carries the strip says many editors were afraid of offending muslim readers. Another aspect to the strip was a not-so-subtle reference to sex.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 9 Comments

Conservatives object to Opus strip about kids having two moms

Last Sunday’s Opus has riled those on the right as Berkley Breathed’s Sunday-only depicts two kids talking about David Dinkle having two moms and no dad. The last panel has one character saying, “Makes you wonder how he’ll do without a male role model in the house” while an beer drinking, cigarette smoking Steve (clad […]

Posted on: Jun 12, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 20 Comments

Three strips dropped in Daily Press to make room for kids features

The Daily Press, Newport VA, has dropped “Opus,” “The Pink Panther,” and “Jump Start” in order to make room for three kid’s features such as a crossword puzzle, “Ask Shagg” and “Doodles.”The editor also points out that Aaron McGruder’s “Boondocks” has been replaced by Darrin Bell’s “Candorville” for the remainder of the hiatus.

Posted on: May 30, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Three strips dropped in Daily Press to make room for kids features

Daily Cartoonist at 2 Years; Status Report

Today marks The Daily Cartoonist’s 2nd years of operation. Last year’s announcement of it’s first “birthday” was all of two sentences. This year, I thought I’d take a moment and report on the blog’s status, kind of a “state of the blog” type report. On October 2, 2005, I signed up for a blogger.com account […]

Posted on: Oct 5, 2007,  Section: Blogs, Daily Cartoonist, Comments: 28 Comments

A Campaign to Restore Non Sequitur – update

While newspapers continue to drop Non Sequitur (though at a far slower rate), those who have dropped it continue to get letters about the action. With the pro-Wiley Miller faction far outweighing those who agree with the papers’ decision to drop Non Sequitur. Now there seems to be an organized push to return the comic […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

News & Observer finalizes line-up with 42 comics

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) has finalized their comic page line-up after expanding their comics page last year to 42 comics. The six new comics that ran in trials since last year are: Agnes, Argyle Sweater, Arlo & Janis, Deflocked, Scary Gary and Wizard of Id. Three comics were dropped: Sylvia, Watch Your Head […]

Posted on: Oct 8, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

A review of 2007

2007 was to be a year of great shake ups. Bill Amend announced at the end of 2006 that his strip Fox Trot was going to Sunday only and Lynn Johnston had maintained for years that she was retiring For Better For Worse when her contract was up in the fall. But instead 2007 might […]

Posted on: Jan 2, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Mohammed Cartoon, Year End Review, Comments: 12 Comments

Kentucky Herald-Leader drops 10 comics

The Kentucky Herald-Leader has announced major changes in their newspaper – their first major shake-up in over a decade. The paper formed a committee and a ballot and after 4000 votes were tabulated they’ve announced the following features were being dropped: The Quigmans Apartment 3-G Cathy Dennis the Menace Marmaduke Mary Worth Pardon My Planet […]

Posted on: Oct 23, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

St. Petersburg adds 5 features; drops 2

Tom Armstrong’s “Marvin” was dropped to make room)F Minus made the grade and will stay as will Watch Your Head and Peach Fuzz.Mark Tatulli’s new feature “Lio” has also joined the line up.Opus was dropped early to make room for the trial run of the new features.  Readership protests has brought it back.Cathy was also dropped to make room for the trial; she’s been relegated to the web edition.The Phantom has been dropped completely.Complete details are available on the St Petersburg Times web site.

Posted on: May 2, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

The Clarion-Ledger shakes up funny pages

For all those who complain that comic features never die – even after their original creator does will be happy to read that The Clarion-Ledger has dropped Peanuts. The Peanuts gang is being replaced with Sudoku. Another change is a trial run of Housebroken Steve Watkins. Stevens’ feature will run through the Boondocks hiatus. And […]

Posted on: Apr 10, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Funny pages shrink in Sacramento Bee

In a cost cutting move, the ‘Sacramento Bee is reducing the number of pages in it’s Sunday funnies from 8 to 6 pages. Four of the comics dropped from the smaller section will still run in the Bee on weekdays. They include “Bizarro,” “Garfield,” “Hi and Lois,” and “Rubes.” Strips being dropped entirely by the […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

The Herald in Monterey CA announces their big funny pages change up

The Herald (Monterey, CA) has done a major shake up on their funnies page. They recently polled their readers to find out which features were the most popular and which ones should be dropped. Results: The top three favorites also were clear-cut: “For Better or For Worse,” “Zits” and “Blondie.” From there, the voting got […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments