Our local newspaper has just implemented a decision to shake up the comic strip lineup.
Gone are Cathy, Drabble, Boondocks, Hagar the Horrible, and the Wizard of Id. Replacing them are Pearls Before Swine, Watch Your Head, Edge City, and Frazz.
About time. Newspapers are losing circulation and their stock prices are plummeting. Everyone's desperately trying to reinvent what a newspaper is about.
But the funny pages still look like 1974.
I ask you: Peanuts, Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, BC, Family Circus, Dennis the Menace, Marmaduke?
Sure, these are legacy strips. Let them live online.
Cathy hasn't been funny for years. The same goes for For Better or For Worse, Sally Forth (god awful), and Luann (Brad and Toni Daytona, ecch). Funky Winkerbean? Noble, but not funny.
Okay, I admit to having a soft spot for Garfield. But he could go to the Great Kitty Litter Box in the Sky, too, if you could find a funny and semi-hip strip to replace him with. Besides, Get Fuzzy is just like Garfield (guy, no girlfriend, cat, dog), but with an absurdist twist. Very 21st century.
Maybe the editorship fears that if the paper replaces all the old favorites, all the old favorite readers will cancel their subscriptions-- and they're the only ones left.
That is, if you'll pardon the expression, a profit strategy that'll rake in Peanuts.
P.S. Out of curiosity-- if you get your funnies some other way than the newspaper, let me know how, and how you like it.