In the month since we last reported that GoComics was reducing the 500+ roster of its site, a dozen more comics have been dropped. September has seen the following comics no longer appearing on GoComics:
BFGF Syndrome, Bewly, The Best Medicine Cartoon, The Conjurers, The Creeps, Dragon Girl, The Gentleman’s Armchair, The Lost Bear, Lost Side of Suburbia, Microcosm, Pictures in Boxes, and Pie Comic.
To be honest I am not familiar with most of these comics, but a couple comments…
Surprising since Angry Birds is a popular multi-media property. But, as far as I can determine (the archives disappear with the comics) the strip hasn’t been updated in months. But still a popular game would bring eyes and clicks to the site. (Maybe it was Rovio’s decision?)
My understanding is that the loss of The Conjurers is basically “no harm no foul.” GoComics wanted to reduce the roll call and Brian Anderson’s publisher wanted the free content removed.
edit: Brian sends word that The Conjurers webcomic “will be available again soon and will always be free.” Adding: “People can sign up for my newsletter at my site. I’ll be offering free collected editions to everyone on my list.”
On the flip side is Connie Sun deciding to take her characters into a different format, not leaving her time to continue a thrice-weekly comic strip.
For the moment the Connie to the Wonnie archives remain at GoComics.
From the other end of the scale is Frog Applause by Teresa Burritt. It seems GoComics has sent her a notice saying they will be removing her strip and the archives on October 9, 2020.
As seen in the comments for September 21, 2020:
“It has come to my attention that GC intends to cancel the strip Frog Applause. The reasoning behind this decision is unclear.
This strip is entertaining, thought-provoking, unconventional, and followed by many faithful readers- many of whom only come to GC for Frog Applause.
i most emphatically urge the directors of the GoComics site to reconsider their decision.
Any response by the directorate will be appreciated.
Teresa’s collaborator on Shoecabbage is supporting the effort to keep FA on GC.
Even Andrews McMeel Syndicate honcho John Glynn has encouraged readers to implore GoComics to keep the strip on the site.
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This is an oddity to me. On the GoComics site are a number of features with a few hundred “followers.” Frog Appluase has been at GoComics for 14 years and has tens of thousands of followers, more than some (read: a lot) of the syndicated comics. But those with 1/100th of the followers remain (for now) on the site. It makes little sense.
GoComics is Teresa’s only outlet for her comic creativity – no website, no Patreon.
Maybe your (polite) letter will help Teresa remain on GoComics.
disclosure: both GoComics and The Daily Cartoonist are subsidiaries of Andrews McMeel Universal