Original July 3rd post –
This is a really late addition to our 2022 Departures list.
Fans of the comic strip became aware of the lack of new material early this year and when “pschearer” inquired about the circumstances he reported back to Agnes readers the response from Creators Syndicate:
Regarding the 2017 reruns of “Agnes”, I contacted GoComics to ask. They referred me to Creators which replied with this:
Tony Cochran has retired from making new Agnes strips, and so we are running what we call “classics” (the strips that have been previously published).
Tony’s Guitars Facebook and Twitter accounts have not been updated for years.
We have reached out to Tony but have received no response yet.
We certainly hope all is well.
by Tony Cochran
March 8, 1999 (above) – December 31, 2022 (below)
[reruns are distributed to newspaper January 1, 2023 on.]
July 5 Update – Tony has replied to The Daily Cartoonist’s inquiry:
Thank you for your concern. I didn’t mean to worry anybody. My health is as fine as most 69 year olds. I miss doing Agnes, but financially it was getting less and less rewarding as papers folded. My time is more valuable the older I get and I decided to pursue other interests. I didn’t want to make a big deal about retiring because I could ease into classics without much fanfare. Most of them now read as new to me and do to my fans as well.
We are overjoyed to learn there is nothing seriously wrong!
And yeah, we are enjoying the reruns as much as the first time.
hat tip: Anne Hambrock