Earlier this month The Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review asked readers to rate the comics that currently run on their funny pages. That was part one of their comics poll. Now, they are beginning phase two:
[There are] 10 artists Spokesman-Review readers will soon put through a wringer. Beginning today – when the first batch of five comic strips are printed – readers will be asked to help select comic strips that could see permanent play in the Spokane funny pages, either daily or in Sunday circulation.
It’s a big change to a section near the back of the paper that’s looked more or less the same for eight years, said Carolyn Lamberson, the S-R’s senior editor for special projects.
“It’s been a long time since we did a survey of comic offerings,” Lamberson said. “We thought it was time to shake things up.”
And like any shake-up, there’s going to be some lost pieces. Online and through snail mail, readers have already been deciding what’s likely to stay, and what’s headed for the chopping block. Those remaining will be joined by any number of the 10 new comic strips.
So far, Lamberson estimates the survey has been completed a few thousand times, though it’s too early to say what’s likely to get the Old Yeller treatment.
The ten finalists the newspaper has picked to be eligible for addition, to be judged in a five star rating, are displayed with a brief description, creator photo, and samples. Comics to be rated are:
Rhymes With Orange
Earth To Planet
Nancy (sorry, no creator photo)
The Argyle Sweater
Wallace The Brave
You may be unfamiliar with Earth to Planet. It is by local cartoonist Jody Zellman and the only non-syndicated comic strip on the list. The Spokesman-Review helped familiarize its readers with the comic strip and the cartoonist in a front page story.
hat tip to Newseum for front page image.