The USA TODAY Network/Gannett group has released a list of the selected 34 comic strips and panels that local editors and publishers will* choose from to run in their newspapers – not all will run in all (any?) of the papers.
Here’s a look at the comic strips readers will begin finding across all USA TODAY Network newspapers beginning Oct. 2-8, 2023. The number of comics that run daily will vary based on each publication’s weekday and Sunday print edition, but all strips will be available to view daily at usatoday.com/comics.
Roughly two-thirds of USA TODAY Network’s more than 200 publications will make the transition in October.
The chosen strips and panels:
Group 1: Blondie, Zits, Beetle Bailey, Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, Dennis the Menace
Group 2: Garfield, Peanuts, For Better or Worse, Baby Blues, Pickles, FoxTrot
Group 3: Pearls Before Swine, Jump Start, Ziggy, Marmaduke, Non Sequitur, Crabgrass
Group 4 Crankshaft, Luann, Baldo, Frank & Ernest, The Born Loser
Group 5: B.C., Wizard of Id, Close to Home, Argyle Sweater, Mother Goose, Rose is Rose
Group 6: Hi & Lois, Mutts, Curtis, Shoe, The Lockhorns
The groupings seem to serve no other purpose than to put some breaks in the story’s details. Which doesn’t mean there is not some internal reasoning to the groupings (does running one of the groups titles mean running all of that groups titles? this seems increasingly likely).
That last group was seldom mentioned in previous stories.
*As mentioned elsewhere, some newspapers can and will run comic strips other than the ones listed, but not on their comics pages. For example at The Pensacola News Journal: “Shrimp & Grits by former Pensacola News Journal cartoonist Andy Marlette will remain, albeit in a different location.”
This article has been updated with an additional link and additional remarks