Consolidated Publishing (the Anniston Star and the Talladega Daily Home) will begin printing its Sunday Comics Section locally. Their long time supplier of preprinted Sunday color comics has decided to shut down.
Beginning next Sunday, Jan. 6, Consolidated Publishing Company will introduce a new Sunday Comics section.
It will be called Hot Blast Comics and will feature 15 comic strips on four full-color pages inserted in your Sunday newspaper.
Continental Features, the company that, for years, has provided a printed package of Sunday comics for The Anniston Star and The Daily Home, announced back in June that it would be going out of business at the end of 2018.
We immediately began negotiating with vendors in search of a way to continue providing our readers with a full-color package of Sunday comics.
“Hot Blast” is a long time title of Anniston Star features, once being part of the newspaper’s name.
Consolidated Publishing, earlier this year, started streamlining their syndicated offerings and contracts.
Their printing service, Continental Features, publicly announced in the Fall that they would be closing down at the end of 2018.
Consolidated chose to use their press to print the Sunday color comics section rather than go with another preprint option. This meant they had to get a Sunday lineup of their own.
In November, we finalized a contract with King Features, one of the largest comics distributors in the country, to provide access to a selection of comic strips that we believe you’ll enjoy. The Star will take over printing of the four-page comics section, which will continue to be in full color.
The new lineup will include Popeye, Beetle Bailey, Blondie, BC, Mother Goose & Grimm, The Family Circus, Sherman’s Lagoon, Hagar the Horrible, Snuffy Smith, Dennis the Menace, The Lockhorns, Shoe, Bound & Gagged, Mutts, and Doodles, which features activities for kids.