Last week the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette began a new phase, sending a notice to their subscribers:
Beginning this week, the Post-Gazette will publish electronic editions exclusively on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Print editions will be delivered to homes on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and the Weekend Edition is available in stores on Saturday.
Last year they stopped printing the paper on Tuesdays and Saturdays, now the Monday and Wednesday print editions have been cancelled.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about the change.
Other takes on the story are from the local Pittsburgh CBS TV station KDKA and from Media Post.
Tom Jones at Poynter expands on the timing of the change with the NFL season, Monday being a major sports news day.
But what does this mean for the Post-Gazette comics pages?
Well, for comics fans in Pittsburgh it may be a good thing. As the P-G explains:
Every Sunday, the Post-Gazette will feature a supplement that will include a week’s worth of comics and puzzles … and the Weekend Edition is available in stores on Saturday.
So a week’s worth of comics can be had with a $3(?) Sunday purchase, along with all the other weekend bonus features (the Sunday Funnies, the extra Sunday features, sales ads, coupons, and other et cetera).
I haven’t seen the new comics supplement. I am curious how it is laid out. Tabloid? Broadsheet with, say, Monday’s comics on one page, followed by Tuesday’s comic? Is the Sunday Funnies section still a separate insert? Are daily comics in color and combined with the Sunday comics? Are the daily comic strips from the week before or the coming week? So many questions.
Thanks to Jimmy Delach we do know one thing – the comics line-up.
From the linked P-G story above:
Starting today, the Post-Gazette brings back some of our readers’ favorite legacy comics — “Blondie,” “Zits,” “Mutts,” “Beetle Bailey” “Prince Valiant,” “Baby Blues, “Hagar the Horrible,” “Sally Forth,” “Curtis,” “Skylock Fox and Comics for Kids” and “Family Circus.”
We also are introducing “Pickles,” an award-winning comic drawn by Brian Crane that features Earl and Opal Pickles, who have been married for more than 50 years.
In early 2018 the Post-Gazette changed their comics page, dropping the King Features Syndicate comics and going with an all Andrews McMeel Syndicate roster (except the daily Bizarro by local cartoonist Wayno, and adding Dustin when they hired Steve Kelley to replace Rob Rogers).
Now they have reversed that decision and gone full-out King Features
(with the exception of Washington Post Writers Group’s Pickles).
From Jimmy Delach (with some editorial comments):
Bizarro (Sunday strip returned after being dropped)
Curtis (added Sunday)
Dennis The Menace (Daily only)
Family Circus (still recycled but they’re back)
Hagar The Horrible
Sally Forth (added Sunday)
Slylock Fox and Comics For Kids
Macanudo (Sunday only)
Rhymes With Orange
Sherman’s Lagoon (Sunday only)
Adam @ Home
Breaking Cat News (Daily only)
Close To Home (Daily only)
Cornered (Daily only)
Deflocked (Daily only)
Drabble (ends 40-year run in Press/P-G)
Fox Trot (ends 30-year run in P-G)
Frank & Ernest (ends 47-year run in Press/P-G)
Get Fuzzy (YES!!!!!)
Jump Start (second time P-G dropped them)
Marmaduke (ends long run in P-G)
Nancy (Daily only)
Off The Mark
Pearls Before Swine (?!?!?!?!?)
Phoebe & Her Unicorn (Daily only)
Rose Is Rose (Daily only)
WuMo (Daily only)
Y’know, there used to be a time when the syndicates published their comics in weekly books…