When is too late? What is proper?
Syndicated comic strips are created weeks in advance, and Sunday editions are set in stone a couple weeks before delivery to our front porches. So times and circumstances often conspire against the medium.
Today Tank McNamara had a (really funny) baseball gag.
The season openers were set for March 26, which left Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman scrambling to replace a Zits strip:
King Features Syndicate has issued a correction for Zits black and white and color for 3/26.
Due to the event’s postponement, a comic about baseball’s Opening Day was replaced.
I’m guessing the current calamity will not affect Peanuts, as everyone know they’re reruns.
Today’s The Fusco Brothers.
Thoughts of turning hotels into coronavirus hospitals make this unexpectedly relevant.
While Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman (them again?) are replacing a Sunday Zits just under the wire.
King Features Syndicate has issued a correction for Zits Sunday for 4/12.
At creator’s request, due to current events, a strip involving a large gathering was replaced.
But the decision has been made that this is not an appropriate time:
King Features Syndicate has issued a correction for Macanudo Sunday for 3/29.
At creator’s request, due to current events, a strip involving the Grim Reaper was replaced.
Update (Later That Same Day) –
On March 21 Bill Holbrook updated fans of his strips about how he will be dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, and includes some inside information about his syndicated (On the Fastrack) versus his on-line (Kevin and Kell, Safe Havens) comic strips:
For “Fastrack” I had gotten ahead of my schedule to complete the Dethany graphic novel which I finished on March 15. I had sent in strips all the way up to May 9, all set in the workplace.
Things have changed, which required some improvisation. I couldn’t do anything about the strips up to April 12 since they’ve already gone to the newspaper clients. (Just assume that they take place in February when I created them.)
Beginning with the strip of April 13, the Fastrack staff will begin working from home. Bud will have his hands full connecting all the employees for videoconferences.
All of those strips originally scheduled from April 13 to May 9 will eventually run, when life returns to normal.
The “Fastrack” Sundays are separate from the dailies. I’ve sent in the Sundays up to May 31, some of those have office settings. Again, until June just assume they’re a recent historical fiction.
For “Kevin & Kell,” I’ve inked strips up to April 26 that involve Carl and Leona’s honeymoon and this year’s Easter Bunny story. After that I’ll decide on where to take the storyline.
As for Safe Havens, that takes place in a parallel fantasy universe depicting a mission to Mars with merfolk, time travelers and genetic manipulations on a planetary scale, so there will be no changes.