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‘Secret Asian Man’ returns to weekly format

After just over three years of daily syndication with United Features, “Secret Asian Man” will shift gears and return to a weekly format. On Saturday September 19, 2009 papers will run the very last daily strip.

Tak Toyoshima writes:

The characters and continuity will remain but I will produce one larger strip a week (like a Sunday comic format) and will keep running in publications and web sites that choose to continue running it. I even picked up a couple of new papers! The very last daily strip will reveal a major development in SAM’s life so stay tuned, see what happens and onward and upward for SAM!

Community Comments

#1 Henry Clausner
@ 2:00 pm

secret asian man…..what will he do next?

#2 Garey Mckee
@ 4:00 pm

Good for Tak! Secret Asian Man is probably one of the most smartly written strips out there. Always a rave fav.

#3 Mike Peterson
@ 4:25 am

Do the characters still get health coverage?

#4 Henry Clausner
@ 7:26 am

…it’s hidden in the new health care package. Ya gotta read the 1,000 pages and find it but don’t ask Obama because he doesn’t know where it is… I guess ask Pelosi or Reed…(I started twitching again)

#5 Ted Rall
@ 9:33 am

I wish Tak all the best in this transition. I signed him for syndication with United and really thought tons of newspapers would jump at the chance to run a smart, unique and well-drawn strip like SAM. Indeed, there were some new papers, and that’s great, but it’s unfortunate that there weren’t more willing to pick up this important strip.

#6 Mark_Tatulli
@ 10:47 am

Just curious…why is it an “important” strip?

#7 Garey Mckee
@ 4:02 pm

Smart writing exploring social and political class status is rare in a comic strip. Maybe Ted can correct me, but for myself, that’s what i see in SAM. Perhaps that’s why he said it was “important?”

Unfortunately the majority of newspaper readers and casual browsers don’t seem to want to read anything challenging. Perhaps that’s why it didn’t sell as much as originally hoped.

#8 Tak Toyoshima
@ 7:02 pm

Thanks for the kind words. It really was a great experience going daily and I thank Ted for walking me through that door. No regrets. But now my eyes are affixed to the future and there’s a whole lot to be done.

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