Comic page changes for the new year

A few newspapers have shuffled their comic page offerings to start the new year.

The Morning Call (Allentown, PA) picked up Cul de Sac on Sundays.

The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, FL) picked up Cul de Sac for both daily and Sunday.

The Bakersfield Californian dropped Fred Basset to pick up Cul de Sac and readers nearly verbally upended the newsroom.

The Seattle Times have dropped Herman, Frank & Ernest, Monty and Rose is Rose from both their paper and website. Rudy Park and Bloom County were also dropped from their website. I’m told that no comics were added but existing comics are being run slightly larger.

Over in Ohio, The Plain Dealer has added Cul de Sac and Mutts to their daily offerings. They also added Derf’s alt-comic The City which had previously been dropped earlier by the Cleveland alternative paper “The Scene.” The City will run on Thursdays.

Norm Feuti’s Gil launched on Monday. I haven’t heard how many initial papers picked it up, but what I have been able to find are: The Providence Journal, The Sun Chronicle and “papers in Chicago, St. Paul, Portland, OR.”

5 thoughts on “Comic page changes for the new year

  1. I like Fred Basset and adore Cul de Sac, but the Bakersfield Californian’s dropping Basset for Cul de Sac is quite a switch for Basset readers. Very different comic strips, really, and I wonder how the paper prepared readers for the change.

  2. Regarding Gil: No newspaper in Chicago (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times) has carried it yet.

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