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The Incredible Shrinking Doom

February 27, 2022 Prickly City © Scott Stantis   July 15, 2009 Doonesbury © G. B. Trudeau   Jim Keefe (Sally Forth, Flash Gordon) recently posted about the sad state of print comic strips, focusing on the Sunday Funnies. Comic strips reigned supreme back in the 1930s. The Sunday sections were printed much larger than […]

Posted on: Feb 27, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

The Morning Chex-Press by Ron Goulart

The recent death of author Ron Goulart has brought up his early compositions for an advertising agency that had a wider audience than any of his later writing (a “circulation” of 50 million copies).   From and © The New York Times of April 27, 1962:   We have no idea how many editions appeared, […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Newspaper industry, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Scatological Humor in the Newspaper Funnies

Twenty years ago at The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: After the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette cancelled the comic strip “Lola” over a fart joke in July, the paper was hit with a flood with letters from angry readers, the Arkansas Times reported in August. No scandal, including the impeachment of native son President Clinton, has rivaled the response to […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Citrus County Chronicle Changes Comics Codex

The Citrus County (Crystal River, Fl.) Chronicle recently changed the comics lineup of both the daily page and the Sunday supplement, apparently without warning.                                            From today’s Chronicle: I’m wondering who decides which comic strips are taken off out of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 3 Comments

Newspaper Wars: Lee vs. Alden

The attempt by Alden Global Capital to acquire full control of Lee Enterprises group of newspapers has taken an unexpected turn as the stock of Lee has doubled since the initial Alden offering. From Poynter (December 14): In a surprise development as Alden Global Capital pursues a hostile bid to acquire Lee Enterprises, Lee’s shares […]

Posted on: Dec 17, 2021,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Throwin’ It At the Wall Thursday

The L. A. Times gets letters about 9 Chickweed Lane © Brooke McEldowney The Los Angeles Times received hundreds of letters from fans of their comics page about dropping the 9 Chickweed Lane strip, and printed a few of them. They prefaced the letters with further explanation for the drop. To our readers: We gave […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Exhibits, Movies, Museums, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonist Eleanor Davis Gets New York Times Gig – Updated

Original November 29 post: Eleanor Davis, who The New York Review called “one of the very best cartoonists working today,” seems to have hooked up with The New York Times for a daily spot illustrating their “Of Interest – Noteworthy Facts from Today’s Paper” column. Above is her first from November 3, 2021.     […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, comic, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Eleanor Davis Gets New York Times Gig – Updated

Lee Ent. Holds Alden Cap. at Arm’s Length For Now

Alden Capital’s attempted to takeover Lee Enterprises has stalled. From The Wrap: Lee Enterprises Inc. — one of few sizeable American newspaper chains not owned by hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC — has adopted a limited duration shareholder rights plan that would prevent Alden from acquiring more than 10% of the company, as Lee […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2021,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Lee Ent. Holds Alden Cap. at Arm’s Length For Now

Lee Enterprises in the Cross-Hairs

Alden Capital continued its drive to own as much of the American newspaper industry as it can with a bid Monday to acquire Lee Enterprises, a publicly traded chain of 75 daily newspapers and several hundred other outlets. Lee’s largest papers include the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arizona Daily Star, The Buffalo News, the Omaha […]

Posted on: Nov 23, 2021,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

When Arlo and Janis Beat Calvin and Hobbes

From Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s new Paper Trends installment: Since we started this survey one thing has remained constant: when an NEA strip is cancelled and the syndicate replaces it with a new strip, that new strip will have fewer papers than the cancelled strip. © UFS In 1985 we have the opposite; Levy’s Law was cancelled […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Something Different: Paper Adds a Comics Page

In a refreshing turn around from years of newspapers dropping comics, in part or in whole, comes news from Edmond Life & Leisure that they have added a comics page to the weekly. From editor Steve Gust: Welcome to a new era for Edmond Life & Leisure, your locally owned community newspaper. On Page 18 […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

Newspapering News and Burning Book Bridges

“What is it like to work at a small-market local newspaper in the United States?” Earlier this month the Columbia School of Journalism’s TOW Center in association with the Columbia Journalism Review published the results of a survey of small local newspapers.  The observations in this report are based on an online survey conducted between […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Newspapering News and Burning Book Bridges

Nick Anderson Joins Reform Austin as Managing Ed

Editorial Cartoonist Nick Anderson has joined the Reform Austin newsroom, where he will employ the artistic skill and political insights that earned a Pulitzer Prize to drive coverage of Texas government. As managing editor, Anderson is responsible for guiding Reform Austin’s efforts to give readers the unfiltered facts they need to hold Texas leaders accountable. […]

Posted on: Oct 6, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Nick Anderson Joins Reform Austin as Managing Ed

Mordor Financial Bought The Centerville Sentinel

Tom Batiuk seems to be taking on the vultures capitalists feeding off newspapers. The Crankshaft arc started last Monday (above) with hints and it seems out front with today’s strip: © Mediagraphics Inc. Tom is known for being a year or two ahead of deadline, which would put this ahead of this year’s purchase of […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Mordor Financial Bought The Centerville Sentinel

“Public Spirit” by Charles Schulz (1962) is Trending

Well it’s trending on the spots I check in on. In early 1962 Charles Schulz and United Feature Syndicate distributed to newspapers a Sunday format pseudo-Peanuts comic strip promoting the preeminent news source of the time. The promo ran in late January or early February on weekdays in black and white or on Sundays in […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on “Public Spirit” by Charles Schulz (1962) is Trending