Our editorial cartoonists remain as loved and valued as ever and continue to play a critical role in both our print editions and increasingly in our digital growth strategy. The decision to end comic strips reflects the changing readership habits of our audiences and this is why we are increasing our focus as a business on puzzles, games, and crosswords which is highlighted by our recent launch of Brain Gains. It also reflects a world-wide trend where the audience for comic strips has moved to movies and events rather than newspapers.
We are disappointed to hear of the decision by News Corp to cease running comic strips in all of its Australian publications…
In response to a question about which News Corp cartoonists are impacted Cathy listed Jason Chatfield (Ginger Meggs), Gary Clark (Swamp), Tony Lopes (Insanity Streak), and Allan Salisbury (Snake Tales).
Among some locals, News Corp has been their sole employer.
This also affects cartoonists in America as a number of them are syndicated to News Corp papers in Australia. Among the strips mentioned in the Twitters threads above are Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Hagar the Horrible, The Phantom, Garfield, Peanuts, and Blondie.
News Corp’s U.S. newspaper, The New York Post, quit comics eight years ago.