With Opus heading into the sunset, some papers are starting to announce their replacement choices. You can see my earlier story on which papers have picked up the feature. Adding to that list include:
Flint (MI) Journal – Get Fuzzy, Champaign (IL) News-Gazette and Akron Beacon-Journal – Pearls Before Swine and the Albuquerque Journal is picking up Frazz. The Nanaimo Daily News (Canada) has narrowed down their choices to Get Fuzzy, Zits and Pickles. Readers to choose the final.
In other changes, Pearls Before Swine beat out Marvin in The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va after a poll was taken. The E&P story doesn’t mention it, but I’m guessing the poll was created to decide what to do with the new-running For Better or For Worse, which ironically, didn’t get the axe. Additionally, Zits and Pickles are the choices as replacements for Opus.
In the Oregonian, they ran a poll to see if the new/old For Better or For Worse was still a fav. It is and it stays. They’ve also picked up The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee in place of Safe Havens beginning on November 9. Edison Lee also takes Opus’ place on Sundays.
The Lake County News-Sun has picked up a strip called Pressed drawn by one of their employees, Ryan Pagelow. Ryan also does the feature Green Planet that runs on Sherpa. You can see Pressed examples on his website. It’s about a “razzled editor who is constantly disheveled, understaffed and on deadline in a post-Internet world.”
The Appeal Democrat (CA) has announced the winner of their recent poll. The winner? Pickles by 35% of the vote.
UPDATED: I neglected to add the news from the Boston Globe that I received via email. It is the same information as Brian Moore adds in comment #2.