Not Yours, But Somebody’s Newspaper Comics


Rutland Reader Wants Her New England Cartoonist Back

From the Rutland Herald:

The first couple days, I thought perhaps your layout folks had simply made a mistake. But after a week, I have come to the sad realization that you have replaced the “Non Sequitur” comic strip with “Beetle Bailey.”

Now, I have nothing against the hapless Bailey but I prefer the humor of those delightful Maine folk. Please bring “Non Sequitur” back.

Scroll down to see a couple of commenters also wanting their Maine man back.



While South of the Mason-Dixon Line

Question to the Savannah Morning News:

“It’s been almost two weeks. Where is ‘Wumo’?”

(Editor’s note: The “Wumo” comic strip has been replaced by “Pearls Before Swine.”)



Idaho Gets Sore(nsen)

Starting this week, we’ll begin featuring work by nationally published political cartoonist Jen Sorensen.

Political cartoons combine an artist’s skill, wit and opinion in order to question authority and the status quo. The best political cartoonists reframe complicated issues to give us a fresh perspective on what really matters. Sorensen’s honors and awards show she’s up to the challenge of the contentious time we live in. In 2017, she was named a Pulitzer Finalist in political cartooning. In 2014, she became the first woman to be awarded the Herblock Prize, an award endowed by legendary Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block.

When Sorensen won the Herblock award, she described her job as “worrying about how humanity is destroying itself.” The New York Times has called her, “Among our most gifted lifters of political veils and pre­tenses.” We hope the inclusion of her work in Inland 360 will provide an alternative point of view to our current state of affairs.

Under difficult circumstances the Lewiston Tribune goes with Jen Sorensen.



Mile High Macanudo

We’re excited to add a new comic strip to our lineup this week.

“Macanudo” has been published in Argentina since 2002 but has only recently been available in the United States. It features a cast of characters that artist Ricardo Liniers Siri says were “born out of a desire to make people smile for a small fraction of the day.”

This is a whimsical strip designed more to make you smile and think a bit than laugh out loud. You’ll be following the book-loving Henrietta, and a boy named Martin, whose imaginary blue monster-friend Olga represents our childhood memories. There are mischievous gnomes, penguins, Picasso and other characters that come and go.

“Macanudo” replaces “Adam at Home,” which we know had its loyal followers who will miss it. We want our comics pages to offer a variety of strips — old favorites like Garfield, strips set around family life, and comics like the beautifully drawn Macanudo that is finding an audience with a new generation of readers. — Lee Ann Colacioppo

The Denver Post signs up the new strip.



USA Today Network Takes a Comics Survey

Which comic strip (of those we currently carry) is your absolute favorite?

Consider the list of comics below. Please select up to three that you enjoy most.

(the list includes Calvin and Hobbes – am I wrong in thinking that strip is not available in the U. S.?)

What is your least favorite comic in your local newspaper?

Of this group of comics, which do you like most?

What do you enjoy most about the comics pages in your local newspaper?

The last survey question ask you to identify which is your local Gannet newspaper.



Gary Larson — I call upon you to resume the “Far Side.”

…for 15 years (1980-1995) Gary Larson kept us all entertained with his offbeat view of the world.

And then he stopped. Cold turkey. Apparently he thought the series was getting somewhat repetitive and he didn’t want to enter, as he called it, the “Graveyard of Mediocre Cartoons,” and so on January 1, 1995, he retired the strip…

It’s now been nearly a quarter century since Larson gifted us with his genius...

For many in my generation, we relied upon Gary Larson to give us a daily inoculation against cynicism. Larson was cutting edge, but never mean spirited, and his ability to find the perfect phrase to compliment his drawings was unparalleled…

And that’s not all, Gary. You brightened our days and made us smile. Democrats liked your humor. Republicans liked your humor. Christians liked your humor. Atheists liked your humor. Men liked your humor. Women liked your humor. You were the “Uniter-in-chief” and you gave us all a gift of laughter that is sorely lacking with you gone.

A columnist calls on Gary Larsen to return and save the nation.