I’ve kept a list, but haven’t had time to post what changes have been announced in various newspapers around the country. What is clear is that many papers have opted to run new comics in the vacationing Doonesbury slot.
Here’s the run down for the last two weeks:
» The Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, FL) tried Prickly City for about a week in Doonesbury’s slot, but reader feedback sent the editor looking for something else. He picked a local feature called Hole Molé
» The Times Herald (Port Huron, MI) went to a narrower page format that required shrinking the size of their comics. They added more puzzles, lost the bridge column and dropped Family Circus. Family Circus runs in their Sunday offerings.
» The Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, OH) ran a comics poll with 1,300 readers voting. As a results they are adding Pickles and Argyle Sweater. Seven out of 10 readers named Pickles as one of their two favorites. To make room, Prickly City and Cleats are out. Daddy’s Home remains as a temporary guest comic in Doonesbury’s slot.
» Darrin Bell announces that his feature Candorville was dropped by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat a couple of months ago to try out some other features, but public demand has brought it back.
» The Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MS) has picked up The Argyle Sweater which replaces Isaac Asimov quiz daily and Prince Valiant on Sundays.
» The Annapolis Capital (Annapolis, MD) is running Pearls Before Swine in Doonesbury’s slot. Doonesbury continues to run on Sundays.
» The Santa Cruz Sentinel has picked up six new features: Bizarro, F Minus, The Argyle Sweater, Baldo
, Pickles and Pearls Before Swine. Only Cathy was dropped. They’ll continue to run Doonesbury when it returns. That should result with a gain of 4-5 comics for their paper.
» The Sacramento Bee is running a poll in Doonesbury’s slot. Competing comics include: Family Tree, Tundra, Deflocked, and The Knight Life.
» Pearls Before Swine has been picked up by The Kansas City Star.
» The Sunday Herald (Nova Scotia, Canada) will be running a 12 week comic feature called Jennyâ??s Brothers.
» And lastly, The Whinnipeg Free Press is running a local comic featuring local police mascot “Cuffs.” The feature runs on Saturdays and is intended to promote community safety.