The Raleigh News & Observer has announced that it is dropping nine features – a reversal of a decision made in 2008 to expand their comic offerings due to overwhelming reader demand. Back in 2008, the features editor at the time, Thad Ogburn, ran a poll after cutting three strips, but after receiving nearly 8,000 responses, he added six new features and brought back the three that were cut taking the total number of features to 42.
Adding comics wasn’t our original plan when we conducted a reader comics poll last month. We thought we might add three strips and lose three. But then we saw the overwhelming response to the survey – 7,910 votes online and by paper ballot.
You folks care – and care deeply – about your comics. So, we thought, why not just add more?
Now the paper is saying 42 features is too many. In an announcement they wrote:
Our comics lineup had grown over the last few years into one of the largest in the country for a paper our size. As we looked at the big picture, we concluded that revising the lineup to make room for our daily puzzles would allow us to expand other content.
They also announced that they are adding Cul de Sac and Reply All.
The features that are on the chopping block are: (features with * were added in 2008). Only two from this list will stay.
Arlo & Janis
Hi & Lois
Hagar the Horrible
Rose is Rose
* Sherman’s Lagoon
Let’s just hope another 8,000 readers email the editor.