Welcome to the new Daily Cartoonist

Hey everyone. Today is a big day here at The Daily Cartoonist. I have the honor to announce two major changes: new ownership and unveil a new re-designed website.

A few weeks ago, Andrews McMeel Universal and I finalized the purchase of The Daily Cartoonist. TDC is now an independent publication of The Daily Cartoonist, LLC, a private company with the stated mission of providing news, analysis and commentary about comics, comic artists, and the comic industry – much as it has since I founded it in 2005.

I want to thank AMU, not just for their patience and assistance during this transitionary period, but for the years they kept the news flowing after I put the site on hiatus. Bringing on D.D. Degg and Mike Peterson was a smart move. I corresponded with D.D. Degg in the latter years when I was blogging solo. He sent me news tips before the news was even on my radar. Mike’s Comic Strip of the Day is always entertaining and insightful. Based on web site traffic it’s a must read for many of you.

Change is not always easy. There’s still a lot to be done behind the scenes. In the near term, I will be busy behind the scenes and do not anticipate posting news regularly for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, D.D. Degg and Mike will continue to posting the news and commentary you come to expect here.

In summary, it’s good to be back. I look forward to meeting the newer members of this community and re-establishing friendships with the many who have been here for almost two decades. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I’ll try to respond in a timely manner.

— Alan

17 thoughts on “Welcome to the new Daily Cartoonist

  1. Well, this is much cleaner, though without the slightly rough charm of the last version.

    I’m sure we’ll get used to it, and welcome back!

  2. Congratulations on the new site. However, I have a question.
    Why do some articles have a section for comments and others do not? I wanted to post on the ‘Final Funky After 50’ article because you can’t even view the final strip since CK removed it already (as I predicted on TDC) but there is no option to leave comments on that article (?).

  3. I’m sorry to say I don’t care for the new layout at first glance. I feel like I lost the ability to chronologically review the postings. It appears somewhat jumbled to me. I much prefer the linear posting method of the old site. Perhaps I will get used to it but it is definitely awkward for me to peruse at this time.

  4. One expects some glitches with a new design. Right now the menu bar pops up and disappears when scrolling. It seems to be worse when scrolling over a graphic. Regardless, it is very annoying and I hope your webpage developers can fix it.

    1. I see what you’re saying. I’ll look into how to tame that menu, but to be transparent, there’s a few other things I’m working through before I get to it.

  5. So glad you are back Alan!

    I understand the push for dynamic design but I find the constant movement of the right sidebar to be so distracting I struggle to read the articles on the left. The sidebar is static on the home page which makes it easier to focus visually on the different comments and article headlines. I agree with a previous poster that I preferred the old linear chronological set up but I understand I’ll probably be in the minority.

  6. @Brian and @Anne. Homepage is still chronological order. The “Welcome To The New Daily Cartoonist” story is stuck to the top, so that may be contributing to a sense of non-chronological order. Stories are listed in order of publish date, in a two column grid. I think it will be just as easy to peruse as the old theme in a couple of days.

  7. The new site is fantastic!
    So glad to hear AMU transferred it to good safe hands!

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