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2018 Comic Strip Departures

 

This is an installment of 2018 Newspaper Comics: Debuts, Departures, and the Dearly Departed.
(part 1: Debuts – – part 2: Departures – – part 3: Dearly Departed – – part 4: Detours)

 

2018 Departures
These comics ceased production for U. S. newspapers in 2018

 


PIRANHA CLUB
by Bud Grace
February 1, 1988 – February 3, 2018
King Feature Syndicate
[originally titled “Ernie” until September 5, 1998,
retitled “Piranha Club” since September 6, 1998]

 

 


VIOLET DAYS
by Chris (Christine) Monroe
February (7? 8?), 1996 – February 7, 2018
weekly
Twin Cities Reader/MinneapolisStar Tribune/Duluth News Tribune
[a reworking of her early 1990s strip “Invisible Fences“]

 

 


THE CASHIER
by Ricardo Galvão
June 4, 2015 – March 3, 2018
weekly
King Features Weekly Service
[end date from the New York Eagle News]

 

 


SOUP TO NUTZ
by Rick Stromoski
March 27, 2000 – March 3, 2018 (dailies) and March 25, 2018 (Sundays)
Newspaper Enterprise Association-United Feature Syndicate/
Universal Uclick-Andrews McMeel Syndication
[daily reruns: March 5, 2018 – May 26, 2018
Sunday reruns: April 1, 2018 – May 20, 2018]
[rebooted later in 2018 as “Andrew’s Journal,” a Patreon page.]

 

 


BREWED ON GRANT
by Rob Rogers
September 10, 1997 – May 23, 2018
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
weekly/irregular

update – comic strip revived in 2019:
August 6, 2019 –
Pittsburgh Current
bi-weekly (2x/month)

 

 

 


RUDY PARK
by Theron Heir and Darrin Bell
September 3, 2001 – June 1, 2018
Washington Post Writers Group
[Theron Heir (Matt Richtel) retired from the stip in 2012]
[since June 2, 2018 the print Rudy Park has run Candorville strips]
[from June 3 – June 16, 2018 online Rudy Park ran the same dated Candorville strips]
[since June 17, 2018 the online Rudy Park has run Rudy Park reruns]

 

 


HAPPY MUSINGS
by Sally Huss
October 23, 2006 – September 29, 2018
daily (6xwk) panel
King Features Syndicate

 

 


HAZEL
by Ted Key
June 16, 1969 – September 29, 2018
daily panel
King Features Syndicate
[reruns since 1993]
[1st appeared Autumn 1943 (until February 8, 1969) as Saturday Evening Post panel]

 

 


PLAY BETTER GOLF WITH JACK NICKLAUS
by Jack Nicklaus, Ken Bowden and Jim McQueen
1976(?) – October 19, 2018
King Features Syndicate
[reruns since ????]
[as of this writing the reruns continue as part of the King Features Weekly Service package]

 

 


HENRY
by Carl Anderson, Don Trachte, John Liney, Jack Tippit, Dick Hodgins, Jr.
December 17, 1934 – October 28, 2018
King Features Syndicate
[daily reruns from 1990 until end]
[Sunday reruns from 1995 until end]
[King Features Weekly Service ran Sunday page until the week of October 29, 2018]
[1st appeared March 19, 1932 (until February 2, 1935) in Saturday Evening Post]

 

 


BAD REPORTER
by Don Asmussen
September 25, 2003 – November 14, 2018*
bi-weekly
San Francisco Chronicle/Universal Press Syndicate (Andrews McMeel)
[*final date from GoComics website]
[as of this writing the comic strip is on indefinite hiatus due to health issues,
the strip may return, or maybe Don will come back with a new format]

July 2019 update: In mid-May 2019 Bad Reporter returned to the
San Francisco Chronicle; at about the same time (May 17, 2019) the
strip returned to GoComics/Andrews McMeel on a twice a week schedule.

 

 


BILGE
by Tina Johnson
February 1, 2017 – November 30, 2018
weekdays
Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel

 

 


INTELLIGENT LIFE
by David Reddick
July 7, 2014 – December 23, 2018
King Features Syndicate
[continues as a 3xweek webcomic on KFS’ Comics Kingdom]

 

 

updated July 2019:


SAFE HAVENS
by Bill Holbrook
October 3, 1988 – December 8, 2018
daily strip
Washington Post Writers Group/King Features Syndicate 1994-on
[continues as web-only comic strip with KFS]

 

 

Additions and Corrections
Welcomed and Encouraged

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Comments

#1 Darryl Heine
January/1/2019
@ 7:45 am

I am still hoping Get Fuzzy declares its end for good in 2019.

#2 Ray Rappisi
January/1/2019
@ 6:44 pm

I think all comic strips in reprint mode should move aside for new strips. New artists need the platform, spotlight nowadays. Come on syndicates, the book collections should be good enough. Give noobs a chance!

#3 ????
January/1/2019
@ 8:18 pm

It’s the cartoonists who get the bulk of the money when they’ve been around that long. How much is enough Schultz estate? Lynn Johnston? Darby Conley?

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