Mike Peterson mentioned the sad news in passing today, but here’s a bit more.
The Australian Cartoonists Association issued a statement about the Nine Entertainment newspapers dropping comic strips from their pages:
The Australian Cartoonists Association notes with disappointment that the Nine newspapers (including The Age, the Sunday Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun-Herald) are ceasing to publish regular comic strips next week. It follows similar decisions by News Corp and Australian Community Media last year.
For some local artists this means the end of their comics-creating livelihoods.
As noted News Corp Australia, which makes up 70% of Australian newspapers, dropped comic strips last year, now Nine Entertainment is dropping comic strips. The Wikipedia page shows that The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald are two of the largest circulation papers in Australia. Leaving only two Seven West Media papers left in the Top 10, and I don’t know if they carry comic strips.
The Australian Cartoonists Association statement makes clear that editorial and pocket cartoons are safe (for now), but comic strips in Australia are on life support:
For some local artists this means the end of their comics-creating livelihoods. Others will continue to be published in regional papers around Australia, whom we thank for their ongoing commitment to cartooning in their publications.
Major news outlets claim the changing interests of their readership and cost-cutting as their reasoning for ending comic strips, but we know perfectly well that good cartoons and comics remain popular and continue to draw readers in
August 21 Update:
ABC Radio Melbourne takes note of The Age no longer printing comic strips.
he Age newspaper in Melbourne will no longer publish daily comics, instead focusing on investment in digital content.
Australian Cartoonist Association president Cathy Wilcox is editorial cartoonist for Nine newspapers, including The Age.