Two different comic stories have an underlining commonality. First, E&P reports that the Brenda Starr character (from the self named comic) will be furloughed from her job as a reporter. Mary Schmich, who pens the comics and is a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, tells E&P, “The budget cuts inside Starr’s fictional newsroom reflect the bottom line at real-life newspapers, which are slashing staffs and freezing salaries in the face of steep declines in advertising and circulation.”
Ironically, the Chicago Tribune who has filed for bankruptcy and had many lay-offs of their own, write that the downward economy has been good for Scott Adam’s Dilbert. In a Q&A with Scott, he is asked why it is easier to write the strip in a bad economy to which, Scott replies:
Humor is the flip side of tragedy. So the worse things are, the easier it is to find humor. And I think there is naturally more absurdity. There was a time during the dot-com era that I literally couldn’t get anyone to complain about their jobs. But now, if something is wrong with your life, it’s always someone else’s fault. It’s either the bankers, the politicians or your own managers being greedy and sucking up all the money for their bonus. So you always have someone to blame. And that gives the comic teeth.