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Axios Snapshot of Hearst Communications

Hearst expects revenues to grow close to $12 billion this year, up slightly from the record $11.9 billion it earned last year, according to new figures from CEO Steve Swartz provided to Axios in an interview. Why it matters: A larger portion of the company’s profits now comes from its specialty media, data and software […]

Posted on: Oct 3, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Magazines, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Postmedia Canada Adopts Printless Mondays and other Pre-Mortem Newspaper News

Postmedia Network Inc. says nine of its urban daily newspapers will no longer be printed and delivered on Mondays effective Oct. 17. Postmedia spokesperson Phyllise Gelfand says the Vancouver Sun, The Province, Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun and Montreal Gazette will all be affected.   The Canadian Broadcasting […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Wash. Post Covers Lee Enterprises Comic Decision

Is this the beginning of the end for the daily printed comics page in many American towns and cities? Michael Cavna and The Washington Post cover the disturbing trend of U.S. newspapers kicking comics to the curb (or to the their websites), in particular the recent Lee Enterprises decision to standardize their funny (half) pages. […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

The Parade for Your Newspaper is Cancelled

Sunday newspapers around the country will contain less content after November 6, 2022. Parade Magazine will discontinue its print version in November and become an all-digital, e-edition publication. We’ll load it on the website weekly and be accessible to subscribers. From The Capital Journal publisher:  I’m writing to let you know that some big […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Lee Action Reaction (Dilbert Update)

No matter what kind of change, other than doubling the amount of comics while keeping all the regular ones, newspaper editors must be prepared to receive negative comments from their readers. The latest change to Lee Enterprises newspapers brought the inevitable response. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which went from 34 comics to 10, has been […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 8 Comments

The New Lee Enterprises Sunday Funnies

You may have heard that Lee Enterprises has instituted a standard daily comics page for all their 70+ newspapers. That standardization also applies to their Sunday comics section that began today (September 18, 2022). All their Sunday funnies will, like their daily comics page, come from Andrews McMeel Syndication. The Times and Democrat breaks it […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 7 Comments

Opportunities Available in All Walks of Life in Australia (Comic Strip Cartooning Excepted)

As we hit the week of Lee newspapers’ cuts to their comics pages, we also come to the week that News Corp Australia newspapers cut not most but all the comic strips they were carrying. Gary Clark is the creative genius behind the comic strip, Swamp. First published in 1981 by the Sunshine Coast Daily, […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, International, Newspaper industry, Comments: 3 Comments

Lee Papers Go Uniform Comics Company-Wide

Recently we’ve mentioned changes to some Lee Enterprises newspapers that hinted at a company-wide change to their comics pages, though we were loath to declare it so without confirmation. See here and here. But in the past years when we have seen a change in one newspaper of a chain, especially with syndicated content, it […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 6 Comments

1990 Numbers (Comic Strip Survey)

This week saw the return of Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s survey of newspaper comic strip trends of the past, this time he looks at the circulation figures of comics in 300 269 newspapers during the year of 1990 (in three parts). What strip were on the rise, which comics were losing clients. The end of Bloom County […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on 1990 Numbers (Comic Strip Survey)

Concord Monitor Revamps Sunday Funnies

The Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor is moving their Sunday comics from the Sunday magazine to the paper’s broadsheet section. The move is accompanied by changes in the Sunday Funnies line-up. We’ve long published 22 comics in our Sunday magazine. Starting on Sept. 4, we’re cutting that number back to 18, and they’ll be found in […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

Update: Gannett (with a side of Lee Enterprises)

Gannett’s USA Today reports on the company’s second quarter: Gannett, owner of USA TODAY and local news operations in 45 states, reported Thursday that it would undertake a “significant cost reduction program” amid a challenging economic backdrop marred by soaring inflation rates, labor shortages and price-sensitive consumers. The media company reported a net loss of […]

Posted on: Aug 7, 2022,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Update: Gannett (with a side of Lee Enterprises)

Gannett’s Very Bad Second Quarter

Gannett recorded a dismal second quarter financially, the company reported Thursday – important revenues sources down, costs up and a loss of $54 million on revenues of $749 million. Among the bad news: * Digital advertising fell below expectations * Both print circulation and print advertising were off * On the cost side, labor shortages […]

Posted on: Aug 4, 2022,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 3 Comments

Stegelin Marks 18 Years at 25 Year Old City Paper

  Steve Stegelin’s illustrations have appeared in City Paper’s pages for 18 of its 25 years. You can see some of his best cartoons here. Each week, his award-winning editorial cartoon and Blotter drawings elicit laughs, prods and probably a few nods or head shakes, depending on whether you’re being lampooned by the city’s resident […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Stegelin Marks 18 Years at 25 Year Old City Paper

The Old Frontiers with Charles M. Russell

In the mid-1910s famed “Cowboys and Indians” artist Charles M. Russell began a new phase of his storied career – contributing illustrations and tales to newspapers, mostly for local Montana papers through the Montana Newspaper Association (MNA). The MNA offered Montana papers a four page ready print insert of Montana news and related stories, allowing […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Nibsy the Newsboy’s Trip Through Newspaperland

Two longtime Warren County residents and former executives of The Indianola Record-Herald and Indianola Tribune are buying the newspaper from Gannett Co. Inc. and plan to continue publishing a weekly print edition. The buyers are Amy Duncan, a former editor and publisher, and her husband, Mark Davitt, a former managing editor. The couple, who live […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2022,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Nibsy the Newsboy’s Trip Through Newspaperland