Update, 1/15: The AJC's Frank Rizzo e-mailed to point out that the AJC has cut back from 1-1/2 pages to one, not "two full pages" as I wrote below. I've edited the passage. Thanks to Frank, and I apologize for the error. – TL
My hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is cutting back - like almost every other newspaper in the country. Yesterday, the cutbacks reached one of my favorite sections: the comics.
Until Monday, the AJC ran two full pages one-and-a-half pages of comic strips. Now it’s down to one.
The good news is that the strips it dropped includes “Judge Parker,” “Cathy” and that perennial car accident, “Mary Worth.” The bad news is that it still has “Curtis” and “Garfield.”
I’m not surprised they’re cutting down the comics page, though comics have long been ranked a favorite of newspaper readers. But there are fewer newspaper readers in the U.S. than ever - and, as “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephan Pastis told me in 2006, even comics can’t seem to reverse the trend.
Though, he pointed out, the “edgier” strips haven’t always been given much of a shot.
"If you ask 20 people in their 20s and 30s if they get a daily newspaper, I'd bet 18 would say they don't," he said then. "It may be too late [to attract them]. And if you cancel us [younger strips] because we're edgy, in 12 years, will you say, 'What happened?' "
Twelve years? In 12 years I may be the only person left who still reads the comics in a newspaper. (What can I say? I’m old-fashioned that way. In fact, the AJC just started running the daily strips in color, and it looks wrong. Call me a curmudgeon, though not this one.)
So I want to know: Do you care about the comics? Do you care about reading them in a newspaper, or is online just fine? And if you had to choose between “Cathy,” “Mary Worth” and “Judge Parker,” would you sooner drop yourself down a mineshaft?
– Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer
P.S. To change the subject to a different kind of comic, PBS begins airing its six-hour history of American comedy, "Make 'em Laugh," Wednesday night. From what I’ve heard, it’s well worth tuning in.
So Daily News needs comics tweaking. I vote for Funky Winkerbean, Sherman's Lagoon, and Rudy Park. I don't care what people think, but I do miss Judge Parker because I have been following the story arcs for years.
Now I don't know what the hell happened when Neddy returned home!!!
Negative news – Syria's 'mutilation mystery' increases...
Why is it that humans can move their eyes in opposite directions toward the nose, but not away from the nose?
I enjoy the funnies, but not in their original form. Are your comics nothing but bland, whitebread cutesiness? Get a bottle of white-out, and provide your own edgy, filthy and genuinely funny dialogue. It's been my experience that Beetle Bailey, the Family Circus and Dilbert work best. Much cheaper and therapeutic than seeing a shrink.
I am 46 and I still read the comics. Everything from Alley Oop and, the now gone OPUS, to my personal favorite now, 9 Chickweed Lane. This has to be the best drawn, most contemporary strip today and the issues that Mr. McEldowney touches on are handled with dignity and taste.
The comics still have the ability to teach and inform as well as entertain.
Get rid of the comics? You might as well get rid of the rest of the newspaper!
I still read the comics every day! Just not in the newspaper. In fact I cannot remember the last time I even picked up a newspaper. I get all fo my news online (that's why I'm on your website). I also get all of my comics online. My local newspaper droped several of my favorite comics a few years ago. I then discovered I could find the comics that I missed online. Ever since then I go to my comics webpage every morning. I never have to worry about what my local editor will do next. I get to choose which comics I read and which ones I could care less about.
Todd...so the end of the story is that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's readers voted 18,000 times and the comics that get to come back are "Kevin & Kell" and "Judge Parker". K&K is done by an Atlanta cartoonist and this is the third time Judge Parker has been brought back from the gallows to the AJC's comics page (was pages).
Maybe story/serial strips aren't dead yet? Judge Parker is one of the better ones being done with great art by Eduardo Barreto and fairly engaging stories by Woody Wilson.
So, I guess not everyone wanted to drop themselves into a mineshaft.
Glad it's back in the AJC.
I have read the comics from the Atlanta Constitution for 68 of my 78 years. Now, not only has "the paper" cut back on the comics, it has also stopped delivery in most of the state of Georgia. WHAT WILL I DO? I have a large stack of my favorites that I have saved for years, and I'll not part with them...maybe find some permanent way of keeping them safe for years to come. THANKS for years of delightful reading...especially The Phantom, Dick Tracy, Steve Canyon, Prince Valiant, Mary Worth, etc. For years, I considered writing Grizzard, asking that he write a column about the Communists having stolen the real "he-man, American" comics.
I read the comics daily - as do my now grown children. While they were growing up, the comics sometimes helped us touch on topics that might have been otherwise missed, or gave me a vehicle by which to tell my kids that "see, you're not the only one who...."
I only wrote to a paper once in my life, and that was in support of a comic – Rose is Rose – and to protest the proposed removal of the strip. I'm glad to say that comic has remained in the paper ever since.
I miss "The Boondocks" in comic strip form... Oh well, at least there's still the Adult Swim animated series... (Adult Swim being owned by CNN's parent company, AOLTimeWarner, certainly doesn't hurt the chances of my comment getting printed)
I read daily comics both online and in print. With regard to a decline in readership I would offer two observations: Comics such as Blondie, Beetle Bailey, etc., are classics, but are old, tired, repetitive, and are in desperate need of replacements. Replacement comics, like present day TV, and newspapers, are too often not any good, have been dumbed down and / or have an agenda other than entertainment.
I'm 62, read a daily newspaper everyday and two different newspapers on Sunday. I LOVE the comics! Favorites? "For Better or For Worse" (now on reruns; still love it), "Pickles" because it reminds me of people my own age, "Peanuts" because it is and always will be timeless, "Doonesbury" because it just doesn't get any better than that. I can do without "Cathy" (just a 30-something whiner), Rex Morgan, M.D. (totally irrelevant) "Blondie" (it has barely moved into the 20th century – and she and Dagwood must be nearly 90 by now!). Daily newspapers are fast becoming dinosaurs and I, for one, will miss my daily paper when it is gone – as I'm afraid they all will be before long.
I'm only 21, but I grew up reading the comics. Sundays were always sources of conflict growing up. My parents subscribe to two newspapers, so we always fought over who got which comics first. I haven't been able to read them since I moved to Oklahoma, mostly because my husband and I have a new baby, so we don't have the funds for a newspaper subscription at the moment. I miss them, and I remember crying the day Calvin and Hobbes ended.
If you miss The Far Side, you would enjoy Chad Carpenter's comics called Tundra. They always put a smile on my face. Comics are the dessert of newspapers.
While living at home, I did enjoy the comics in the newspaper (even "Garfield"). However, in college, I was introduced to the world of webcomics, and I am now forever addicted. With all due respect to traditional cartoon artists, I've found a wealth of high-quality graphic art in all media: humor, fantasy, sci-fi, "daily life"...everything from online graphic novels, to three-or-four paneled "gag-a-day" comic strips. One resource I use for finding new webcomics is The Webcomic List (www.thewebcomiclist.com).
Frankly, I'm surprised that I haven't seen any special interest pieces done on webcomics yet. Guess they have yet to enter the by-large mainstream consciousness. In any case, consider me converted to webcomics.
You should add "the Knight Life" by Keith Knight!!
From a quick read of the posts it's interesting to see that most peoples' favorite comics are the ones that started years ago. I also find it interesting that a lot of the new favorite comic strips mentioned started on the web. For example Sheldon and PVP. With newspapers on the decline, comic strips are going to have to show up somewhere, online is the best bet for aspiring cartoonists. My favorite webcomic strip like LInda is also Sheldon. Another favorite of mine is Super Siblings:
I do read the comics every day but I read them online (comics.com and GoComics). I like the opportunity to create my own lists and read only the comics I like without sifting visually through the ones I don't.
We recently stopped taking the Register here in Des Moines, but we've found all our old favorites on comics.com.
And my husband recently got me hooked on Sheldon. The duck is ADORABLE!!!
Newspapers are irrelevant.
RE: mdegge, Doonesbury has been around for almost forty years(the anniversary being in 2010). It's hardly "whining liberalism" when it had its jokes and jabs at the Clinton administration.
Tho I really miss the ritual of the comics page in a daily newspaper, I quit buying newspapers in favor of online news. When one lives in the suburbs, a daily newspaper is really yesterday's paper......The morning paper arrives at about 6 am, having been set up and printed hours earlier They do not even include the previous evening's sports scores.
We get two newspapers at home, and I read every single stinkin' comic strip in them every single day (even Alley Oop and Mary Worth, although there's no good explanation why). There are another five I read every day on comics.com, and I visit arloandjanis.com regularly to see what "archival" strip the great Jimmy Johnson has posted and commented on that day.
I don't watch daytime or evening soaps or reality shows. And I don't read gossip magazines or bodice-rippers. Comic strips, I guess, are my guilty pleasure.
Very few comics nowadays are even funny. I peruse the comics section every once in a while and maybe chuckle once. Usually the only chuckles come when I'm reading Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, Garfield, or Zits and I get a few heart warming moments from the ever cute Heart of the City, but other than that the comics section is filled with painfully unfunny comics and liberal whinefests like Doonesbury. Seriously what is that guy going to write about now with Bush out of office? He's going to have no material!
On another note what is the deal with Family Circus? I've never found this comic funny or entertaining. Most of the time I come away from reading it scratching my head. I guess it's supposed to appeal to parents, but I don't see how even they would find it funny. It's not even cute...in fact it's kind of awkward and creepy at times. Lio is another unfunny and downright disturbing comic. It's the same joke over and over.
My favorite strips are 9 Chickweed Lane and Luann. I miss The Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes terribly. The comics just aren't the same without them.
Comics in the newspaper stopped being interesting for me after my old favorites stopped producing new strips. The ones that are all left are just re-treading the same-old same-old. All the good comic strips are now online!
What sad news. I've gotten the paper for the last 38 years (twice a day when it was available), and my favorite part has always been the comics. It's the first thing I go to, especially on Sunday. Thank goodness I have the complete collection of Calvin and Hobbs and my most favorite, The Far Side. It's a shame newspapers are having such a hard time getting readers, and this will contribute to their decline. So many of us do get our most current news online or via television since it can be updated much quicker, but I too still love to sit down with a newspaper and take my time, and nothing will replace saving historic front pages.
CALVIN AND HOBBES was THE ABSOLUTE BEST! The Far Side was in second place for me! :)
I'm jealous of Inkdick's mom for her great publicity skills. Instead, I'll just say that I always go for the comics page first in the newspaper and then the entertainment and front page sections. That's just how it is.
Okay, let's pretend my mom is hearing promoting my journal comics, too: http://mylifecomics.wordpress.com/
Can somebody tell me what is so wrong with Garfield?
I have counted at least 3 instances of my favorite strip being bad-mouthed, not including the blogger.
In any event, I have always read comic strips and comic books ever since I could read, and I'm not about to stop now.
I'll read them in the papers, what there are of them, and online. I've been able to find a great many comic strips online that are not available otherwise.
Strips like "Sheldon" by Dave Kellett, "Evil-Inc" By Brad Guigar, and "Liberty Meadows" by Frank Cho. Then there are classics like "The Phanom", and "Flash Gordon"
Long live the comics page, in whatever form it takes.
I'm a 51 year old female, still get the paper and still read the comics. I love the "new, edgy' comics like Pearls and Get Fuzzy. I could do without Mary Worth, (what a nosy busy body!) Judge Parker, Spider Man, Family Circus, and it was sad to see Berke and Opus leave us yet again. I do have a soft spot for Peanuts and don't want it to be cut. When For Better Or For Worse changed, my paper dropped it's new "style" and runs The Pajama Diaries – I'd rather they ran FBoFW – I've been reading that one on line each day. Frazz and Zits are other great newer comics, at least as far as I know – my paper – The Cleveland Plain Dealer – has only been running those 2 for a few years now. No matter what changes the PD makes, they get the most, and the most vocal, letters and emails when they mess with the comics page!
I still read the comics but I only read them online. To be honest this seems like the best way given the censorship that still happens to some of my favorites. Reading them online you don't have that problem and most are in color as well instead of having to see the black and white versions in the paper.
The comics is the only thing I read and only on Sundays.
I will miss Judge Parker. I hope the AJC can find a way to bring it back. The new artist has made the comic look better and the last story was pretty good, even though it took about six months to go from beginning to end. But, that's the beauty of story comics.
I'm 55 and always read the Sunday comics – in fact, we waited all week to see what happened to Lil' Abner!
My favorite daily comic was Pogo – the possium. Walt Kelly was SO smart and funny. I have all his and Al Capps comic strips in books now.
I always read 'Nancy' and 'Henry' to see if they were as dumb as they were the last time I read them and they always were.
I doubt many people remember those!
I read the newspaper every day, for news about politics, sports, etc., but I read the comics online so I can see the comics I like best - Frazz, Arlo & Janis, and others. I wrote an AppleScript that fetches them in the morning, shortly before I get out of bed.
Reading the comics everyday not only can provide a person with a smile or chuckle, but they can also give insight, raise questions and change one's thinking. Bill Watterson and Gary Larson took the art of the newspaper comic to a whole other level and their shadows still loom large. The comics will become relevant again when we are lucky enough to come across an artist of their caliber.
On that note, stick a fork in it "Garfield" and "For Better of For Worse". The shine faded off a long time ago.
My work causes me to travel often, so I do not get a daily newspaper or read the comics daily. But every Sunday I'm there early in the morning buying the paper and the first thing I do is read the comics. If it was not for the comics and coupons I would not purchase the Sunday paper.
Whenever I do buy a paper, the comics are always the first place I turn to. However that said, I only like about half the comics that my local newspaper runs - unfortunately, comics aren't enough to get me to buy a newspaper. (I tend to buy Sunday papers for the coupons). During the week, I usually read local and national news online as well as several web comics.
I'm 50 years of age, and love reading the comic strips. I tend to read them after the doom/gloom/destruction news from the front pages (after reading all about the doom/gloom/etc. you need something to be happy about). I've got 3 different web-sites that I get my comics from http://www.gocomics.com/comics . http://www.comics.com , and http://www.dailyink.com. I've got around 150 different strips I look at, and some of my favorites are The Phantom, Dog eat Doug, Lio, 9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn, Pickles, Annie, Brenda Starr, Dick Tracy, Prince Valiant, Pearls before Swine, and several others (too many to name).
I used to read comics in the paper...... I believe I stopped after the boondocks. I think comics in the papers, are as american as apple pie, and should remain that way........ I do go to the library, and take out marvel comics though..... I'm a X-Men, Spider-Man, Wolverine geek.......
I only read the newspaper for the comics. It was the only reason I ever picked up the Ultra-conservative Toronto Sun. They carried Bloom County and when Berkeley Breathed stopped it in 1989 I never purchased it again. I miss Calvin and Hobbes tremendously. Unfortunately the local paper does not carry Luann so I read it on line. I truly believe great cartooning is a lost art. The Houston Chronicle once cancelled Buckles for a strip called Super-zeroes. Anyone remember that piece of garbage? I doubt there will ever be a cartoon as great as Bloom County or Calvin and Hobbes again. Fortunately, their writers stopped them in their prime before they became more over-the-hill filler.
I read the comics section first! I would be crushed if they were gone. We still get 2 full pages in the Raleigh N&O. However, I am 65 so I guess that has some bearing?
Men I miss Calvin and Hobes...
I read the comics BEFORE I read the rest of the paper because once I read the comics the rest of the news doesn't seem quite as bad.
I definitely read the comics and even the news...online. It's more convenient, costs less, and if I miss a day, most sites have an archive. Plus it makes the tree huggers happy because I'm not wasting paper.
Newspapers and books, just like stone tablets, will soon give way to electronic media. It's called progress. The only advantage to a paper is hiding your face from your wife in the morning.
Miss Modesty Blaise...
I enjoy the comics in the paper. Not all of the ones that the newspaper prints, of course, but neither am I so egocentric that I believe that my opinion should be the only acceptable one. I simply don't read the ones I don't care for, and I would recommend that the legions of whiners and complainers in this thread follow suit.
Instead, they should be glad to live in an era where alternatives are available. Before the internet, things that were too edgy or had too limited appeal were simply pushed aside, whereas now they are available to anybody with a computer and time on their hands.
I LOVE the comics!!! I am 51 and read all of the paper first and leave the comics for last. After reading the doom and gloom it gives me a peaceful night's sleep. They are my mini soap operas and I truly care about what happens to the characters. I know I'm a sad case but I enjoy it!
Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes, Doonesbury they are all on GoComics.com...For Free!
Still reading the comics! I've been doing so since I was a kid. I always read the comic pages at the end of my newspaper reading. Save the best for last! Our local paper is cutting home delivery to three days/week in March or April and I don't know what I will do without my daily comics pages!
I read all of my comics online. i dont like reading the paper and choose to get my news from a few online sites. there is a nice feeling to having a hard physical object to hold while reading it but its so much nicer to be able to read all the ones you want and none of the ones you don't
also there are alot of comics that you will never see in print (newspapers) out there that are really good. PVP, Megatokyo, Full Frontal Nerdity, Crispy Gamer, Etc.... these are great comics done in the same style as the funny papers but geared to a much more distinct audiance.
i also like the online method alot more because you can take an active role in supporting the comics you love. alot of the people i mentioned have their own site and the traffic that generates helps them pay for their continued work, plus alot of them sell stuff and who doesnt like getting prints or plush figures of stuff they like?
I've read the comics since I was old enough to read. I started with the NY Daily News and read from the back page to front. Now I read the Syracuse Post Standard, and every comic strip in it. Some are better than others of course. In junior high school, my English teacher required every student to read the newspaper and discuss current events. Are today's teachers even using newspapers as a teaching tool? Do the teachers take time to read the papers themselves?
As a college student in the late 70's/early 80's, I read the Chicago Tribune. To this day I'm a newspaper addict, I read the whole paper and save the comics and puzzles for last, daily and Sunday paper. We read the Syracuse paper as well as a local county daily paper and two weekly newspapers. Stay informed!
I read the comics first, then sports, then the front page.
It'd be awful if they cut comics out.... and I'm 52 years old!
Comics are a must! Where else can you see the light hearted side of life and the daily news. My priorities for the newspaper are Front page, financial/business and the comics. The comics offer relief.
I like comics! My kids and I read them together, but all the good ones seem to go away. Foxtrot, Calvin and Hobbes and now For Better or For Worse is just gotten awful! Oh well there is still Luann.
I still read Mary Worth and think you are a total jerk for calling it an accident... it is the best comic strip out there...
Comics are the first thing I look forward with my breakfast before the front page news of the Washington Post, I remember as a kid reading Archie, Peanuts, Dick Tracy, Funky Winkerbean, Gasoline Alley and Steve Canyon (I'm 44...), and later becoming a big fan of Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes and the extremely funny Liberty Meadows.
Today, it's Curtis, Big Nate, Candorville, Spider-man, Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Zits, and Watch your Head plus Family Circus that I look forward to reading and I can't stand Cathy or Mary Worth.
Hope that the cutbacks don't reach the Post.
One page of comics ? Horrible !
Well, I used to subscribe to the paper for the ads, the advice columns, and the comics. (I'm a news junkie, so I get most of my news online during the workday, and reading it in the paper is a bit redundant.) But, despite subscribing to my local paper for like five years, their delivery lapses have finally cost them my subscription. Despite being paid up til the end of January, I think, I've gotten one paper since December 23rd. So, to answer your question, no, I don't read the comics anymore. It's not because I don't enjoy them, but rather because print media is doing its best to ensure its own demise.
Back when it became too difficult to catch and follow Doonsbury on a day to day basis, I started buying the comic strip books at the store. Never read them in the paper anymore, but faithfully run out to buy each new edition of Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley or Sherman's Lagoon by Jim Toomey (which most papers don't carry) and on days when I have extra time, I peruse the newer strips in book form in that section.
I DO like a good Sunday comics section from the paper and will often buy a Sunday paper just to get that one section. I get all my news on line.
Love comics, but I only follow web comics. They're where it's at.
Yes, I think that the comics are a way to hook new, young readers to newspapers. I personally have been sharing them with my kids for years. I use them as a way to introduce them to some of the social commentary of the day. Plus, we just love Rat and the Crocs in Pearls...
The comic page was how I was introduced to the newspaper at three years old. I still read them, but I do wish Bill Amend hadn't gone to Sundays only for "FoxTrot". Also, with older strips ending and others being moved to the editorial page ("Doonesbury"), the next generation of cartoonists need to pick up and start selling again. Regardless, thank goodness for the Internet.
Life needs humor and the comics provide it....I still have the paper delivered and read it every day saving the comics for last....
Lets face it... in a world without 'The Far Side' & 'Calvin & Hobbes', the comics suck. Plain and simple. I used to regularly buy the paper because of those two institutions.
My wife and I barely fit that '20's & 30's' bracket but we both read the paper. I grew up reading the paper and always saved the funnies for last. I even had a subscription to the local paper in college just for the funnies (well the Living section – got to have the jumble and crossword you know). After we got married I roped my wife into reading the daily paper. Now its an evening ritual – dinner then the paper on the couch with the cats. We read some online out of necessitiy (Pearls!) since the paper doesn't carry them. Should we have kids and there are still newspapers around then I'll do my best to instill a love of newsprint in them.
I read the comics every morning, but online. The Houston Chronicle offers daily strips for free on the website, and you can even build your own comics page to see only the ones you want. Otherwise United Media and Gocomics.com are great sites too.
Current favorites: Doonesbury, Dilbert, Sherman's Lagoon, Zits, Non-Sequitor. Very sad that Opus is finished...
Yes I read the comics everyday – Doonesbury, Dilbert, & Arlo & Janice are among my favs.. I was saddened when Lynn Johnston, I think is her name, decided retire (hey, I know she's entitled).. I loved reading about the adventures of the Patterson family in the comic For Better or For Worse and was sad to see it end even though she did tie off the loose ends nicely - I've saved the last two comics out of the paper. I know it's rerunning & she's redoing some of the original comics. but it's not the same..
The reason I started reading the paper was the comics. It wasw only in my teens that I realized there was more to the paper. In this day and age, I do tend to get my news from tv and the internet, however, nothing beats the pleasure of sitting down on Sunday morning and reading the funnies. I have raised my children this way, and I hope they have the chance to live a life where not all news is doom and gloom. I avoid Mark Trail but read everything else. I even read the soap operas (judge parker and rex morgan, md). I sincerely miss the Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, and Bloom County (opus wasn't the same) but enjoy Pearls before swine, Pickles and Doonesbury.
Yes – I read the comics – FIRST! It's sad to see this part of our culture diminish so significantly. It really is the better part of the paper. Entertainment, news and commentary all wrapped up in one section. Ah, yes, laughter, the best medicine.
i'm an ajc reader for the comics, because it's definitely not for their news coverage. get a paper, scan the front page, find the comics, metro, sports and tv guide....not always in that order
I read the Sunday comics, but realize lately they have become more and more unsatisfying. I don't feel like it has been time well spent. Get Fuzzy, Non-Sequitor, and Red Rover can be gems, as can Doonesbury and Dilbert, but mostly they just don't cut it any more. The good ol' days of Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes appear to be gone forever.
A tail-ender of the baby boom – I grew up reading the comics and comic books with my older brothers and sisters. From Gasoline Alley to Donald Duck to the Phantom. I have passed that love on to my children – 13 & 16. They ask for the paper everyday to read the comics and then the news. Don't take them away!
San Francisco Chronicle subscriber. I read them daily and did a dance when "Cathy" was canceled. I think few things have been such a remarkable setback to feminism.
My favorites are Peanuts, Pearls Before Swine, and Baby Blues, all three of which are consistently funnier than anything else there. Doonesbury and Blondie are great, as are the single-panel strips Brevity and the other one whose name I forget. Ditch the soap opera panels, though. And Dennis the Menace and Family Circus too.
Yes – First thing I grab a cup of coffee read the first page and then skip to the comic pages- WIth all the negatives we have to face each day I enjoy a bit of comic relief and I like to start the day off with a smile
Yes – I read the comics every day and have certain favorites. It is always the last part of the paper I read so I end reading the paper with a good laugh. For those comics that aren't carried by city's paper, I go online to find them.
I no longer bother to buy newspapers, but I can't do without my daily dose of the comics. However, they're all available online – albeit with a delay of anything from a few days to a few weeks. Still, this doesn't matter if one doesn't know what's currently in the newspapers. Furthermore, there are a number of Web-only comics that are (IMHO) better than any newspaper strip.
So, I save money, and I still have access to the comics. What's not to like?
I'll start reading and promoting the comics again when (if) the quality ever improves. Will we ever experience another Bill Watterson or Gary Larson again?
Always. I love the comics. Problem is that the best have gone, like The Far Side, Opus, yet for some unknown reason the tired old ones like Doonesbury keep on and on.
i'm in middle school and i read the comics and always will. if i'm the generation that will be buying the newspapers in about 10-20 years, and i'll buy the newspaper till i die if they still have the comics.
if newspaper editors want to keep comics alive in their paper, they really need to get rid of strips that are forty and over. Strips like Blondie, Garfield, Broom Hilda, Pluggers, Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, and even the beloved Peanuts (c'mon Charles Schultz is dead, print his cartoons into a bound collection already) are preventing the comics from reaching their complete potential.
I still read the comics sometimes mainly in the Sunday paper. I don't like all the newer comics. I like the tradiitional/old ones too like Peanuts, Garfield, Dennis the Menace, Blondie etc. Crazy that the economy is so bad that something like that that since I can remember has always been 2 pages worth of comics (for Sunday paper). Sad. This is USA! Hopefully we can hurry up and bounce back/get better w/the new president on the way to the White House!
No, i have not read the comics in 15 years or so. Of course, my local newspaper is not worth reading so that is a major factor.
If my local paper did a better job of reporting the news then I would still be reading.
The Family Circus and Dilbert everyday!
I get my news online, my analysis from the NYTimes; I buy a daily local paper for the funnies.
Yes, I still read most of the newspaper comics–when I can find them. The editor keeps moving them around. But I also have my own "comics page" on my computer, with links to favorite strips, and when the paper cancels one or moves it to some absurd place (I think Dilbert is in the business section now), I just add it to my own page and read online.
If the paper cancels many more strips, I won't have any more reason to hunt for them in whichever section they are hiding today. That just leaves sports (which I don't care about); national/international news that I mostly prefer to get from CNN, NPR and BBC; and maybe once or twice a week something of actual significance happens locally.
I hear that when the paper changed hands a few years back, the new owners were surprised by how seriously Midwesterners take their comics.
Is ther any other section to the newspaper. I am 47, I read the comics first then proceed to fill up on the crap of the day. Doesn't everyone read the comics? No? See and I thought I was "normal".
I read the comics every day...right after the Irish sports page.
Comics have always been an inspiration for me. The best are filled with tidbits of wisdom as clear as any philosophical or spiritual text and also make us reflect on our ridicoulous behavior of taking ourselves too seriously. I miss Calvin and Hobbes a lot.
As for Mary worth, Judge Parker and the like.....too much drama!!
I read comics every day– online. That's because I'm an expat, and in Europe papers don't have comics pages. So I'm glad the comics have made the move to the net, so I can still enjoy my favorites as long as they keep running– in addition to edgier and odder ones that'll never be printed.
ALWAYS reading "Zitz".
It appears that I enjoy comics that relate to my own life.
BUT, not the "...continued next week" kind:
One strip story line: that's for me.
Thanks y'all for including links.
I don't read the comics anymore. There are very very few comics that are published in my local papers that I find funny anymore. I started to read a little bit more after Charles Shultz passed because they started republishing Peanuts from the beginning. But a LOT of the comics I enjoyed reading were removed from my local papers and replaced with seriously unfunny comics. Maybe I'll start up again to see if the comics that turned me off have been replaced with funnier ones.
They're online as well nowadays. I don't care if newspapers die as a news medium. Everything eill eventually be internet anyways.
We get 2 papers a day (Orlando Sentiel and Lakeland Ledger) in order to get the comics we were used to following in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram.
Calvin and Hobbes was it. I haven't bothered to glance at the comics page since Bill Watterson hung it up.
I start with the comics when I read my daily newspaper. Then I read my online comics that are sent to me each day in an email, and they include Cathy, Garfield, and many others, old and new. For me, it has to do with some type of comfort I derive from reading them that links me to my younger years, but it's not just that either. Most of them in one way or another have a lot of incisive things to say about our culture, society, behavior patterns, etc. under the guise of humor. So that's fine with me. I don't think I could manage daily life without my dose of comics. I hope they never disappear.
I love the comics. Always have. I read them first, before anything else in the paper.
I live in SoCal and the OC Register and LA Times always have some scheme in the mail, on the phone, or door to door to sell me a subscription.. Sometimes they even just leave papers and hope i'll call them up and subscribe.
If they ran 10 pages of quality comics i would.
Now that they are down to 2.5 and 3 pages i don't.
Why was Cathy ever a comic? Why is it still there?
We need more Non Sequiter (sp?)
More Calvin, and a lot more Hobbs!
And great political cartoonists (comictarians) are also geeting harder to come by. I miss them too.
I rarely get a newspaper anymore. I prefer the internet for up-to-date news. I do continue to read the comics on line, though. Dilbert often touches on a nugget of truth that makes me feel that other people understand the frustrations we have in our office. Herman gives me a bit of quirky silliness. Rose is Rose provides a little cute, warm humor. I miss Opus. It has been a good way to kick off the morning.
I read the comics everday. I prefer to read them and other things in a format that allows me to get away from the computer. I spend way too much time in from of one as it is. However, despite what I just said I can easily switch to online. Most of the printed stuff is old and out of date. The majority of the best stuff is online.
One of my favorites is http://www.sheldoncomics.com.
The comics in newspapers are dying along with the newspapers themselves. The web is really the best place to find the better stuff, by creators who don't want to be controlled and edited by a syndicate. Never mind that it's near impossible to get into the papers. Where's the room for new comics when they're still running repeats of strips whose creator is DEAD!?
Anyhow, one of my favorites is Life of Ronnie - http://www.lifeofronnie.com - check it out!
I NEED the comics, too!!! These days, I LOVE Arlo and Janis and Stone Soup, especially, but I also like Spiderman and Zits.
the comics on newspapers are ok every now and then, just for the most part I've lost hope for them nowadays since most jokes are stale and/or unfunny, possibly due in part of censorship or having jokes be watered down in order to be appropriate for families...I wouldn't be surprised if eventually all newspaper comics become as painfully unfunny as Family Circus or Cathy.
Comics are better online, because you can access the archives to catch up on continuity (or in the case of comics without continuity, the archives let you in on the inside jokes). Best online comics are penny-arcade, pvponline, and xkcd.
I don't read newspapers, I get my news online at CNN.com and other such places. As for comics, there's literally thousands of webcomics to choose from, with subject matter so varied as to appeal to any reader.
Check out daisyowl.com for a wonderful comic by a very talented artist. With so many online comics to choose from like Daisy Owl, Dinosaur Comics, and Dr Ninja, I no longer need the funny pages.
I am a child of the mid 40s. When I was a child in Southern Maine, I lived for Sundays. My father would get the Kennebec Journal and the Boston Globe. I got the comics from both and was in heaven. The Katzenjammer Kids, Joe Palooka, Dogpatch, Peanuts, Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon, Family Circus and a whole host of characters came to life, in color, for my reading pleasure. In later years Dilbert, Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County, For Better or Worse, Doonsbury and NonSequiter were added. I haven't taken the newspaper for more than ten years and I missed the comics. A few years ago I found some of my favorites on-line. Now I read them daily.
(23 years old); I'm old enough to have found memories of certain comics that were in print, like Foxtort and I still enjoy reading it. But I'm not going to pay a buck twenty five just to read one or two comcs and for a bunch of news stories I can get online for free lke BBC. It's a silly purchase and those silly purhases from people who don't know any better are who are supporting most newspapers nowadays.
That said; there are some very excellent webcomics out there. Albeit they mostly appeal to the young demographic.
I still read the comics every so often, but skip many of the ones featured in my local paper. Our best comics in The Pantagrpah are often Foxtrot, Zits, and Baby Blues. Nearly all other comics we have are the old school Charlie Brown/B.C. age ones or boring stuff like Mary Worth. For a paper going out to a population of 150k residents they seem set on pushing towards the elderly. This is a college town, let's see more edgy comics (Boondocks would be great).
Alas, the comics are the only thing I still read in the paper at age 20. I get my news from the internet. I get my opinions from there too. Newspaper doesn't have anything to offer me that I can't just get for free online.
I make my living as a cartoonist, and I'll be frank: newspapers and newspaper comics don't matter a bit to me. My strips appear on the Web, my readers are web-savvy, and they buy "Schlock Mercenary" merchandise (mostly book collections) directly from me.
In fact, business has never been better. While I doubt I'm personally responsible for the shrinkage of your local comics page, I've had more than one syndicated cartoonist accuse me and the guys like me of exactly that.
Looking for good comics? If you're web-savvy enough to have scrolled through the comments on this article I'm sure you can find plenty of new, edgy, smart, and above all FUNNY comics on the web.
Hey the reason they are cutting back comics is they don't draw like they used too. Remember Bloom county (when he was funny)? Calvin and Hobbes? Far side? Boon Docks? The first few years of Dilbert? Yeah... It is not only news print that is going down. So is intelligence. What made all of those funny was the kernel of truth in what they were saying.
I am a 21 year old college student, and I read the comics every single day. Nothing can brighten up my day like the Foxtrot or LuAnn strips can. As an avid comic reader for the last eleven years, I cannot imagine sitting and reading the newspaper without my favorite comics.
Since I was six years old, my father used to pull the comics for me every Sunday morning, and he would read the paper while I would read the comics. When I went off to college, he began mailing me the Sunday comics every week along with a care package. I am now in medical school, and I still look forward to checking the mail every week to read the comics my father continues to send to me. My favorites are Get Fuzzy, Curits and Peanuts.
I only read a few and see most of them online for free. I would pay to have all of them in one spot online but there are three different sites I have to visit to see the ones I like. When Opus finished publishing, I stopped buying the paper. It was and remains the best of the 21st centruy so far.
I really enjoy the comics, favorite part of the paper! I read Crankshaft, Blondie, Dibert, Garfield, Foxtrot, Hagar, and Cathy!
Holy cripes, you people! Cathy? Garfield? For Better or Worse? What is wrong with you? These comics are so old and tired their animators have long since DIED and no one noticed. Literally. Shultz is dead and yet Peanuts is still in the paper even though it hasn't been culturally relevent since the 70s. That was 40 YEARS AGO!
20 year olds don't read the newspaper because all the "news" is online (uncut, more complete, more sources) and the extras (obits, crosswords, comics) are for either little kids or old people. Old people die, little kids grow up...A teenager is as likely to reach for Family Circus as they are to reach for their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures or their Barbi (sic?) playhouse. I'm sorry I'm not a kid, I dont want little kid comics where everyone is happy and no one's heard of the F word.
Man even Dilbert stopped being funny 10 years ago. What is wrong with you?
So what do I read? Lots of comics. None you've heard of:
Yeah thats right ppl....in the future comics end with a "dot-com". If I thought I'd find funny, insightful, provocative comic art in the newspaper i might pick one up.
But I won't.
I read the dailies every morning when I get my newspaper. I always read the Metro section "rants", then I read the headlines on the Front Page, then finally I go to my favorite section which is, of course the comics. Now, since Constitution has cut back on comics....I actually don't mind what they cut out. Less comics I don't care for and the ones they kept were the very ones I enjoy very much so.
Everyday, I can depend on a good jolt of laughter or solemn thought from serious commentary comics.
Even though I have my dailies, I'm more of an online comics guy nowadays. Reason being that there's less restrictions or limitations these artists can take while telling their stories. Inkdick, (link at the second post) is a fellow SCAD alumni as I graduated there, too. He tells good stories. Some others I'd recommend would be, Joe Dunn (http://digitalpimponline.com/), Jeph Jacques of "Questionable Content", really good site (http://www.questionablecontent.net) and even my own website (www.thedeafguy.com) is more about people stories and travelogues.
Everyone has their preferences. As long as it gets them thinking, then our job is done.
I love comics as far as I'm concerned they're the best part of the newspaper. I'm also a cartoonist who hasn't been able to find his way into the syndicated strips. It's even more difficult now that the newspapers are failing. The future it seems is in self-published web comics. I post my weekly web comic "Super Siblings" at http://supersiblingscomics.com It's a family friend strip for geeks with kids. A brother and sister have inherited super powers, the older brother uses his for good and the sister for bad. Neither one knows the other's secret identity so they have unwittingly become rivals.
I love my newspaper – my day isn't complete without reading it. There's just too many things/events/people that the TV news and internet just can't seem to bring together in one place. Plus it's just so satisfying to sit down with breakfast and the paper. I check out the front page (usually mostly bad news) and then head straight for the comics to get my spirits up for the rest of the paper (again, mostly bad news these days). My local paper just recently cut back on the Sunday comics and I've had to subscribe to the bigger regional paper on Sunday just so I can get my fix.
The comics, front page section, editorial section and sports (in that order) are the only sections of the daily paper I read. On weekends, I take the time to read the local news section and movies.
Be sure to check out http://www.gocomics.com as another great source for newspaper comics, editorials and web comics. The also have a cool thing called ComicSherpa, http://www.comicssherpa.com/site/home.html, where you can read what may be tomorrow's new Dilbert or Garfield.
YES! Love the comics (love Cathy, too!)! I have, for many years, read the newspaper backward, so that the comics come to me before the front page.
Makes it a lot easier to face the day that way. (And I found out that the newspaper opens and closes easier, too. Try it!)
Comics first, sports second, front page news third. The news always gets read, but the comics just put things in perspective and after reading how poorly my teams have performed, the news appears upbeat. The one thing the Chicago Tribune has yet to mess up is the comics. (I still miss Calvin and Hobbs.)
Yes yes yes! The comic strip "Bloom County" was where I learned my politics as a child, and I think well-written comics still have the power to teach and make someone think. They're still relevant, only in their current medium (on printed paper), they will no doubt suffer the same problems that all newspapers are suffering. The answer will be for them to make the same electronic migration that newspapers are facing. With a new business model, they can (and hopefully will!) continue to influence future generations of kids.
I miss Li'l Abner.
Even though I didn't agree with his politics, Al Capp's S.W.I.N.E. (Stoonts Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything) was always really funny to me.
I really used to love Frank Frazetta's gorgeous long-legged women with large busts bending over to talk to some shrimpy little dude.
Mammy Yokum was really cool too, along with all the other characters in Dogpatch; Moonbeam McSwine, Senator Phogbound, the Schmoo and the Shtoonk........
The comics are the most important part of the paper. I've aged and my eyes have deteriorated and I need reading glasses to see the words in some of them. It's too bad. Some of the best comics artists have been chased away by the ever diminishing space to show their art-and it is art. Newspapers are having trouble. Some of that trouble is unavoidable. A large part of it is self inflicted. Killing the comics pages falls on the self inflicted side. Big wonderful pages of comics could differentiate printed newspapers from electronic media. Instead the newspapers chose slow death and descent into irrelevance.
I'm 72 and have been reading comics daily; I miss the ongoing adventure strips: Steve Canyon, Buz Sawyer, The Spirit, The Phantom, Prince Valiant; etc. As an illustrator, I admired the artwork; the composition, lighting, dramatic angles - it was like watching a movie, and they played a large part in my selection of a career. To entertain and tell a story in a few strokes of a pen or brush and ink in a limited space is tantamount to magic. They are an art form to be preserved.
I haven't read the comics in years, and just because they come in color now is no reason for me to start reading them again. I wish the AJC had spent the coloring money on retaining their local film critics instead.
When Calvin and Hobbes was finished, I was heartbroken. It was the greatest comic that ever has been or will be. I wish I knew if there was anything in the world that would convince Bill Waterson to bring it back. I laugh and cry whenever I read or think of the strip.
I only get the Sunday paper now, but the comics are the first thing I read. I love the wry commentary on society whether from the right or the left.
I am 46 and still read selected comics (Dilbert, Overboard, Pickles, Funky Winkerbean). My local paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, just put out a survey for their comic section. I imagine they will start to cut back. Hopefully Cathy is part of the cutbacks.
I live in Cincinnati. Every day, I tolerate the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Enquirer used to run Boondocks, but it gave into the whiny whingers who never understood that it was a funny comic strip and dropped it. Luckily it was picked up by The Post, which is now no more. The only Doonesbury we get is on Sunday – I don't know why they don't carry the weekly onces – maybe the people who like Marmaduke and The Dinette Set would have an aneurism if they had to read something funny.
Now that I can get home delivery of the New York Times, the only thing that holds me back is that it does not have comics. IMHO, 80% of the comics the Enquier carries suck. The day they get rid of For Better or Worse, Pearls Before Swine and Dilbert will be the day I cancel my subsciption.
There's other parts of the paper??
My favorites: Crqnkshaft, appropriate for one my age, and he pitched for the Mudhens; Funky Winkerbean, the death of Lisa was too close to home but it helped me, also the strip started when my kids were in high school and in marching band; Zits, Frazz, Doonesbury. I was in grad school when that one started and it appeared in the Daily Illini. Most of all I miss Calvin and Hobbes.
As a humor starved kid I read every comic I could. Even poured over the ones so freakish, or bad...they were good! Alley Oop (what the?!), Love Is, Family Circus, Marmaduke, Nancy, Prince Valiant.
Little Big Books. Mad magazine. Marvel comics stolen from my big brothers. I even looked forward to the Bazooka Joe comic inside the gum wrapper. My kids favorite memory is piling into one bed and reading Sunday comics, each Monday night. They made it through the school day...so this was blessed relief each Monday night. My Dad & I always read comics together, and the next generation carried on the tradition. My first research paper was on Charles Schultz (R.I.P.). I taught myself to 'draw' comics, by practicing Peanuts characters till I could create them freehand, by heart. Most impressive to your peers, when you're a kid. Don't think comics wll go away. Maybe just be presented in different formats.
I love the comics even though I do not get the paper everyday. Garfield is my favoriate always will be and if they could get rid of cathy and family circus I'd be happy. By the way I'm also 25 years old.
I read the comics online, not in the paper. I don't subscribe to a paper, plus it's easier to read individual strips and bypass the ones I don't particularly care for.
I'm disappointed that the American print media hasn't given more comic strip artists like Stephan Pastis a chance. "Pearls Before Swine" is an absolute gem. It's the one comic strip where I actually laugh out loud. We need merchandising for Rat, Pig, and those Crocs!
On a final note, Garfield's time has come and gone long ago. As Garfield himself used to say to Nermal, "You've overstayed your welcome."
I still lament the day when Calvin and Hobbes faded out, but the comic I miss the most is Bloom County by Berkely Breathed. That strip was funny and intelligent, the artwork, like Watterson, was realistic with the surreal. The commentary on life, pop culture, politics, especially the politics, were spot on and brilliant. Opus has also just ended. I hope that Breathed starts making books if he isn't going to do strips.
Newspaper comics were started just over a hundred years ago to help sell papers. During the Twentieth century, they helped get youngsters - and by that I mean five to fifteen years old - into the habit of reading newspapers.
Comics have gotten very grown up, and by that I mean that there are a lot of comics - Doonesbury, Family Circus, Mallard Fillmore, For Better or For Worse, Mary Worth - which are aimed at adults. Whatever their virtues, they are not aimed at kids. Even "edgy" strips like Pearls Before Swine and Bizarro are not aimed at pre-teens.
There are very few comics for the pre-teen crowd. Terry no longer battles pirates, Spiderman has become domesticated, and no one even remembers Little Lulu.
Yeah, none of us gray-haired folk want space wasted on that kind of stuff, and the comics with wide appeal - Gordo, say - are very rare. But us gray-haired folk read the comics anyway: the newspapers don't need to run Candorville to keep us buying newspapers. But if newspapers are going to get the next generation, they are going to have to run Curtis, especially with Captain-Cool-Man. The alternative is eventual oblivion.
Comics are the most important part of the paper. Although two comics
Peanuts and For Better For Worse have been recycling old strips. Despite the age they are still as funny now as they originally appeared.
One main reason I have a subscription is to get the daily comics. I do
read the paper for the news as well!
I use to read the comics when I was younger. They don't seem as funny or entertaining to me now a days. I still really enjoy reading the paper in the morning after breakfast though, at least when I'm home that is. I'm a 19yr old female – when in college I generally stick to news sites for information and updates as to what is going on in the world, as it is a lot more convenient.
I've read them my entire life (49) and now all four of my children are addicted. Reading the comics was a gateway for them to read the rest of the paper. When the comics go, papers are gone.
Long Live Prince Valiant!
I'm 28 and subscribe to the Sunday paper only. I love the comics and all the news that comes along with the paper – currently my issue is finding the time to read it. I have two Sunday papers, in the bags, waiting to be opened downstairs. We mainly subscribe for coupons and because I just like getting the paper and supporting the local newspaper. For current news though, both my husband and I head online.
The Comics is always the first section I read:
Red and Rover
Pearls Before Swine
I don't get Lio at all........
Oh yes, I absolutely read the comits in The Seattle Times print version and the Seattle P-I online. Alas, Hearst is selling the P-I and will most likely go away except for a small online site, and it's unlikely they won't carry the funnies anymore which is really sad.
Plus, it'll even be more sad that Seattle will the ranks of a one-newspaper city. Sigh.
Bring "Bloom County," The Far Side," "Calvin and Hobbes." I always got the feeling that Bill Watterson's childhood was completely reflected in "Calvin and Hobbes," his poor parents.
And not to stray too far afield but I have to pay tribute to the Seattle creative community–Gary Larson and Brian Basset ive in the area. They will have to pry The Seattle Times out of my cold dead hands.
The first thing I do every morning is turn on the computer to read the comics. Then I read other features. Every Sunday morning I read the comics first before I read the rest of the Sunday papers. I spent all my allowance buying comic books as a kid. I have read comics every day for at least 60 years. And I will continue to read comics till I leave this earth. People who run the newspapers are just looking for a cheap way to put out papers, not caring about the people who read them. By the way, I am a 68 year old retired grandmother who still needs the comics in her life. Thank you.
I will be 71yrs. old in May & I still read the comics. My fav is "For
Better or for Worse".....such a true depiction of life's lil oddities
& truths. Also like Beattle Bailey & Dagwood, oldies but goodies.
Life is too short not to be able to giggle out loud or silently....if
they took them all away, it would be a sad day indeed.
I was an avid comics reader. Then the really innovative and good ones began to go..... Bloom County, Clavin & Hobbes, Far Side, Foxtrot reduced to once a week, For Better or for Worse in permanent reruns..... The few I still like, I read online now: Luann, and a few web comix. The comics pages have become boring whitebread.
I am 46 and my 8 year old son and I read the comics every weekday and every weekend. He loves Brewster Rocket and Lio and a new one called Scary Gary. We do the kid crosswords, find the differences in the pictures and laugh at the kid-submitted jokes. I still read Peanuts and check out how young Brenda Starr gets every year and I still miss the Far Side. Reading comics as a kid leads to newspaper reading later in life. I remember reading the NY Times with my dad. Hopefully someday newspapers will go back to news and not ads and "buzz". But I'll still buy it for the comics if it gets my son to think!
I read the comics every day. I check my paper for the comic section every day because if it is not there I have to call for another delivery of my paper. The comics give you a laugh in an otherwise trying day. I also save them for my son because he does not have a paper in his area that has any decent amount of comics.
Seriously? The comic section is the only thing keeping the papers in print!
The comics are the first to be read - "Get Fuzzy" for yucks and "Doonesbury" to see what political revelations Gary Trudeau has for us. Laughing is a great way to start the day!
The only reason I actually subscribe to the paper is for the comics. My wife will read the front section first, but I have my breakfast with the two comics pages religiously, every day. And I'm proud to say that my 10 year old son now starts his day the same way. We trade comics pages when one of us has finished. If our newspaper eliminated the comics, they would eliminate this subscriber in a heartbeat. Nothing can replace actually holding that paper, sipping your coffee and escaping into the nonsensical worlds of Perals Before Swine, For Better or For Worse, or even classic Peanuts before you start your day.
I have to read the comics every morning!! And the ones we don't get in our local paper we get on line.
Life too short not to laugh every morning...
I really miss Calvin & Hobbes, and Bloom County... Penguin Lust rules!!
Pearls Before Swine, every day, but I save it for last. Pastis has occasional clunkers, but most of his are the best thing in "the funnies." I don't t the attraction to Get Fuzzy. I thought Lio, recently added to our daily rag, was going to be a waste, but it's not bad.
I hate the strips that have the same "jokes" over and over. Beetle Bailey ought to be outlawed; it's idea of humor is sexism (the general drooling over the secretary/stereotype of his wife), the stupidity of Zero, and need I say it? – violence. Even if you think Sarge beating up on Beetle is funny, how can seeing it five days a week out of seven not drive you insane with its repetition? Ditto Cathy, Marmaduke, Hagar, and the worst of all, Family Circus.
I like Zits, too, and I miss Fox Trot. Peanuts is always a treasure.
Another good one.
Newspaper comics have been going downhill for some time anyway,badly drawn and unfunny. "F-Minus"? bloody awful.I'm not surprised Berkeley Breathed ended "Opus",now there was a great comic.I hope Bill Griffith keeps "Zippy" going
I am 31, and I MUST have my daily dose of Comics. I cried at the end of For Better or For Worse, I laugh almost daily at Baby Blues, and Mutts never fails to make me smile. Of course, I have moved enough that now I have everything bookmarked online, since our current local doesn't carry many of the lesser known ones...so it's wake up, eat breakfast, check email, and read the funnies. My current fave: PhD (it's my life in a nutshell).
I'm apparently a throwback. At 53, almost all all of my news comes from 2 daily papers, and I never miss the comics. I read and savor almost all of them, except for the soapy serials like Rex Morgan, or Prince Valiant.
I have to admit, Cathy gets a little old with repetitive story lines, and Get Fuzzy is just a little too weird sometimes.
Like others, I miss Calvin and Hobbes, Far Side, and even Citizen Dog. OTOH, Frazz is a new favorite.
I still read them, but on the internet or if they are on the break room table.
But many comics are pretty weak now. Get Fuzzy, Dilbert, and Luann are my favs. But Lynn Johnson's redeux of For Better or Worse killed off my interest for the comic. And I agree, Curtis, Garfield, and some many other bland cartoons are ruining the comics page.
The only paper I get is the Sunday paper and only because of the comics... I get my news online and just enjoy reading the comics on real paper
No I never read the comics, nor will I.
I love the funnies. I'm 24 years old and my dad still pulls them out every Sunday and saves them for me. Sometimes there's 3-4 weeks worth by them time I get to them. In college he would mail them to me. Maybe it's a special father-daughter thing but I would be heart-broken if I didn't get to read my comics. All this talk about newspapers being a thing of the past is really sad.
I care about the comics. Without them, I would have never started reading the paper. I can remember when I was younger, I would impatiently wait for my dad to get the Sunday paper so I could read about Garfield, Snoopy, and Beetle Baily. If it wasn't for these comics, I would have never began reading the rest of the paper.
No "Cathy??" I'd have to read it online, can't do without that one. Judge parker can definitely go, and mary worth. How about getting Peanuts off the comic strips?? Now, that has been over done, as has Dagwood and Blondiel
I am one of those that needs his comics in the morning but it got to the point where I was only buying the paper for the comics. It just wasn't worth it anymore.
Now our local paper is going to follow the trend and cut the number of comics. Will they cut the one joke strips like Cathy or Garfield? No, they will cut the stuff that is new and entertaining and further slice their readership.
I love Pickles & Pearls Before Swine and such and I agree with the other poster who mentioned Tundra.
It is a very funny strip out of Alaska that is very much in the Farside mold.
Go to http://www.tundracomics.com/content.asp.
You will laugh and enjoy. I have given up on Newspapers and get my comics on line at Daily ink & Comics.com
I have to confess I quit reading actual newspapers (but that doesn't mean I don't peruse them when available). I get my comic fix online now at washingtonpost.com (great selection). Whatever happens to the media, I'll always wake up and read Dilbert, Doonsebury, Calvin and Hobbes, Overboard, Etc.... . I grew up on Peanuts and Doonesbury learning to love the hilarious and somewhat twisted humor that makes a day start out with a bit of a jump and takes the edge off issues that would otherwise put a cramp in the day. The Comic Strips put things in perspective. Take something as everyday as "Foxtrot" or "Zits" or something that relates to Icons of our culture (ie. the Doonsebury strips on the demise of Hunter S Thompson) and you have something that will reflect a zeitgeist of current issues and events.
The morning comics are a staple of my day - right after the sports section, and after the comics it's the crossword and the Jumble (it's a lot easier these days). then, and only then, on to the real "news" (of which there's much less now, mostly bland feature stuff with little snippets of actual news.
Newpapers are forcing themselves into irrelevancy by containing less and less news. And by shifting stuff to their websites, they're in fact dooming the print version. Death By Attempting To Be Modern.
someone should at least do garfield a favor and get rid of him. he blows. most comics really suck balls and it shows. bring back calvin and i'm in...
I still miss "Bloom County, " "The Far Side," and "Life in Hell" (which actually only was in a local, free weekly paper.) Wow, I'm showing my age here, no?
Right now, the only strips I read regularly are "The Dinette Set" (because it's so scarily accurate) and "Speed Bump" (which is pretty much a poor man's Far Side).
I would love to see the demise of "Beetle Bailey," but it seems eternal–and while I'm thankful that the preachy soap opera that is "For Better or For Worse" has gone old-school, it also needs to disappear. Right now, I'd call its status 'comic purgatory.'
I love the comics but don't care for the more edgy ones. I think they should be geared more towards the kids since they are the future readers. That's how I got my son interested in reading the newspaper when he was young.
He always got the comics first and once done with them he'd pick out a few other real articles to read. Now he's a regular reader of the entire newspaper.
If the comics had not been geared towards kids then 18 years ago, I'd have not let him read them and he wouldn't be a newspaper reader.
LOL of course I read comics, I read TONS of them, and they're all on the internet. The edgiest, awesomest, most interesting comics ever.
I do read a few comics on comics.com but not all of them, because most of them are too dusty/tired/boring.
Who needs newspapers?
Dilbert's on his own webpage (RSS enabled), and Frazz, Luan and Pearls Before Swine are on comics.com.
And there are also Giant in the Playground, Don't Forget to Validate Your Parking, xkcd, all the lolcats you want (I know technically they're not comics, but they're on RSS so I group them with comics).
Don't read the comics any more because I get most of my news on-line. It saddens me that I no longer get a daily newspaper in print, but the subscrition cost and the time to read the paper are no longer there.
I love reading my comics. After the front page, local sports and weather, they are my destination. My 14 year old daughter reads them first thing. Our family, btw, has the NYTimes and local paper delivered everyday. I also read news on line every night as a preview of morning stories. I recently set up my customized Google page to include some of my favorite comics but must admit, I do not go there regularly.
My favorites are Mutts, Baby Blues, Cathy, For Better For Worse, and Dilbert. I even read Gasoline Alley. How old is Walt! Then I work my puzzles. The comics page is to savor.
Of course I read the comics, why not. Don’t we all need to smile just a little more each day? Sure print media is not a primary source of news or information in the 21st century, but I will never give up reading the daily new paper. You know reading… I wonder how many high school students read the paper each day. Perhaps they could learn some new words, and not text language
I don't think of myself as a busy stay at home mom. I am one but I do stop and smell the roses during the day. One of the joys of the day is to read the comics with my cup of hot coffee! I love to read Classic Peanuts, Doonesbury, Garfield, Pearls Before Swine, For Better or For Worse, Dilbert, BC, The Wizard of Id, Mother Goose and Grimm, and Frank and Earnest. Zits is great because I am now the mother of a thirteen and a half year old boy who is slowly going through the motion of teen age-dom. The comics are a great source of education, too. My son is a high functioning Asperger kid and the comics taught him a lot about art and developing a sense of humor. Foxtrot is his comic of choice.
I read front page, local news, then comics. If I'm short on time, I skip the local page and go straight to comics. I chose among two local papers for home delivery based on their comics.
I am 50 plus and of course I read the comics-at work on lunch break. I buy two newspapers a day comics and puzzles first than crime watch , local news and obits, & advice columns . I grew up buying Archie Comic Books and still buy them today. It's all about the ability to draw so well in miniature for me. I am a doodler and can appreciate the fine details of any comic strip .Sorry to see so many die out.
Comics are a great pick me up and light laugh is this day and age of grim news. As an adult it's nice to get 5 minutes of escapism while I read the comics.
The only reason I read 9 Chickweed Lane online is The Dallas Morning News doesn't carry it. And Pibgorn is only online.
But the comics are a morning ritual in the paper. Makes it easier to face the students on some days.
Of course I am an older reader, 59.
Growing up we received a morning and an afternoon paper. My brother and I fought over the funnies as we called them. Of course, i still read the comics. Why else would I still subscribe to a paper?
There's something nice about having a paper in hand to read comics. I don't worry about spills like I would on my laptop. If I could get a daily subscription to get two or more full pages of funny comics (rather than political satire) without the rest of the mostly useless newspaper, it would be perfect. I'd willingly pay for that!
I have been trying to get published n the comics for about 15 to 20 years. It saddens me that there is a lack of following since this has been my dream since I was a child... check out my latest strip at http://www.jeffrey-little.com.
Comics are the first thing I go to when I open the paper. Oh, how I miss Opus though!
My husband and I both read the comics every day. It is one of the main reasons we still get the local newspaper. But we also read just as many on the web. There are some great websites that collect comics so that we can read all of our favorites and still find new ones.
Can't start the day witout Dilbert!!!!
I still read "Funky Winkerbean"(Since 'Lisa's story') and 'For better for worse', which is sort of in reruns for lack of a better term.
Yes, I still read the comics; it's the ONLY reason I subscribe to the Sunday newspaper. I could get the paper seven days a week for the same price I'm paying for the Friday/Saturday/Sunday delivery, but I do not want to be bothered putting the papers I don't read in the recycling bin. I only want the Sunday comics.
Every time I am somewhere that has the daily paper, I read the comics right after I scan the front page (which I only scan if I have not already read it online). I read at least five news sources a day - online.
I look forward to the larger Sunday comics. I laugh out loud, as I read, and my husband and I discuss our favorite comic strip that Sunday. I cut out and tape the relevant ones - think Zits - on my teenagers' bedroom doors; they leave them displayed.
Dilbert, Doonesbury and Prince Valiant. Love them!
I get the LA Time 4x a week and I always read the comics. And especially on Sunday, I show or read them to my family; Get Fuzzy and Jump Start to my 10 year, old Dilbert to my wife for its right on view of corporate life.
Four of us in our family, hubby and I read every Sunday, he reads daily. Kids, age 19 and 12, both read, but the 19 yo, a young man, reads Pearls, Brewster Rocket, and Rh with Orange, also my favorites. LuAnn and Zits we usually don't miss either. I hope my kids inspire others to keep reading because comics are a classic that should remain. We also get the AJC, and hubby was none too happy when he saw the reduced pages.
I still read the comics daily, but not in my local newspaper. I have online subscriptions to three comics services where I catch all my favorites, including ones that have either never appeared locally and those that used to appear locally but were dropped.
I'm 25 and I still read the Sunday comics :). My all-time favorite will always be Calvin and Hobbes (I own the collection), but I also love Dilbert, Foxtrot and Far Side.
i have never read the comics, they are not interesting and i prefer to read the "REAL" stories.
I read the comics and all my other news online, newspapers are out date and a waste of good trees
9 Chickweed Lane, Ben, Pickles, Luanne, Jump Start, Rose is Rose, Geech, Shirley & Son, Frazz, etc. Have read the comics for over 60 years but now I read it on-line. What a sad world it would be without them. Not so much the Newspaper. When they started trying sell me their bias I tuned them out by stopping the newspaper. i guess they are just now starting to get it. Report, don't make the news.
I moved from the Washington DC suburbs to Orlando, Fl 6 yrs ago. The biggest culture shock moment for my then teenage kids was the Sentinel's extremely poor selection of comics. They (and I) were used to 3 pages of comics from the Washington Post. Both of my kids are newspaper readers today and I do believe they were hooked with those Washington Post comics.
I read the comics right after the opinion and front page. I have always liked trying to figure out Slylock Fox and I almost always get a good laugh out of Baby Blues and Dilbert. My grandfather made all the kids read at least two articles before we could have the comics (he read them first).
I'm a 53 year old male, and I read the comics every day, before I read anything else and have for years. I find that now more than ever I like to start the day off with a laugh. I also like to be challenged to think of things in new and different ways, and the best comics do just that. I also like a little anarchy with breakfast, it goes well with orange juice. My favorites are Get Fuzzy, Opus, Bloom County, Pearls Before Swine, Boondocks, Doonesbury, Dilbert and Calvin and Hobbes, while back in the day it was Snuffy Smith, Pogo and Lil' Abner. And lets not forget the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers who never made it into the papers. My wife got me the complete Calvin and Hobbes this Christmas; 3 hardbound volumes the size and weight of a concrete block. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
EVERYDAY! My local paper does regular surveys to make sure they are printing the comics people want to read. Funny enough, Pearls before Swine is the only comic in my paper that I skip. Just don't like it.
My Favs: Adam @ home, Between Friends, For Better or for Worse, Chuckle Bros., Baby Blues, Zits, Off the Mark, The Other Coast and Tina's Groove.
If I miss a paper or if a comic I like is discontinued, I will often seek it out online. But I reading the comics – in the newspaper – is part of my day. It's a ritual, and one I don't want to give up.
As a person in her young thirties, I think it's tragic that newspapers are falling out of favor. I love the paper, especially the comics. Unfortunately, it seems like I'm going to be part of the last generation that grew up reading a daily newspaper.
DRABBLE, love Drabble,
Every morning Drabble starts my day.
One of the best daily comics out there.
what i like to read doesn't appear in the newspaper. i go to gocomics.com for pibgorn and non-sequitor because they make me think and laugh (and i have found old bloom county there as well). i go to comics.com for over the hedge, 9 chickweed lane and pearls before swine, all of these are edgier then born loser, or ziggy (how is that around still?) not only do these require intelligence, but the are witty as well as humorous.
I buy the local paper every day except Sunday, and always look forward to the comics at the end.
I'm a 19 year old guy and I read the comics whenever I'm at home, I don't normally read the rest of the paper though because our local paper is horribly bad. Recently they changed the format of the paper, putting national news in section C and combining lifestyle and classifieds into one section.
I am 66 years old and have always read the comics. The more the better. I subscribe to the Seattle Times primarily for the comics. If they drop the comics I will cancel. When I arrived in town several years ago I checked out both major papers and chose the Times because they had better and more comics. I can get all the opinions and news I want on line.
Yes, I read them. Mary Worth and Judge Parker are my faviorites. I also like LuAnn. And Bizarro World and Doonesbury. I sadly bemoan the loss of the daily newspaper. I get the LA Times and it is still a great paper.
I still read the comics daily, and enjoy sharing them with my young son the way my father did with me. Now he insists on my giving him the comics page when I bring in our paper. It's certainly a great diversion from the realities of the news.
LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY – when was the last time anyone read a newspaper comic that could (at least occasionally) do that? Well, that is exactly what Calvin & Hobbes did for me on a consistent basis! It was just absolutely brilliant – by astonishingly reconnecting one with the imagination, silliness and the frequent absurdity of childhood adventures and shenanigans, the subsequent identification with one's own parents' frazzled past of experiencing mayhem and frustration, combined with clever, sly commentary on the day's current state of politics, religion and the absurdity of everyday life. The artwork, although not slick, often borrowed greatly from classic comic book art and featured beautifully rendered color combinations in its Sundays editions. Today, at 50, I have a five-year-old with a personality much like Calvin's (God help me!). So far he hasn't yet said to me that, "dad, your polls are down!"
I read the comics every day. I always have. And, at 35, it's my morning 'break' at work while I eat breakfast. Our paper (Baltimore Sun) also seriously condensed their comics to the point where they are almost unreadable. My favorite is still "Pearls". It's the only comic that actually makes me laugh out loud. So often that my coworkers wonder what I'm doing in my office!
Non-Sequiter, Doonesbury & Dilbert are must reads. I would also love to see Calvin and Hobbes, and The Far Side come back.
I read Get Fuzzy and Buckles, that's about it. Most current comics just aren't funny.
I would sacrifice a fatted calf every day for a year if it would bring back Calvin & Hobbes. Likewise for Opus/Bloom County (er, well, at least 6 months of sacrifices anyway – nothing against Opus but C&H rules).
I've been a long time LA Times reader. I pick one up at a store or standalone vend daily. The comics are my first stop.
But I'm considering stopping. The Times (as with almost every other paper, it seems) fired most of their reporters and editors, radically cut the size of the paper (Monday's business section was four – count 'em, four – pages total, one sheet of paper), reduced the amount of content to bizarre low levels, and refocused their "news" section to "crappy end-of-show human interest stories with sparse actual news scattered in the ads".
And then they raised the price from .50 to .75
Great. Paying as much again as the local fishwrap charges over the original price for roughly a 33% reduction in content. Sign my stupid self up for that pain, baby.
That's where all the newspaper comics I read are, and that's where I read them. I don't like our local paper, and I'd rather get my news online when it's convenient for me and without the waste of paper.
There are a ton of online only comics that I read, that aren't ever going to be printed in newspapers, at least not without serious editorial destruction. Many just aren't something that the mainstream wants to see, and really only appeal to a relatively small group of people. That works on the internet, but not for newspapers.
I read my comics online now, and have for several years. If not, I would not have had the pleasure of finding "Pearls Before Swine" and "9 Chickweed Lane." King Features still has "Tiger" online, though there's a fee for their service. I really missed "Tiger!"
The lovely part about online comics is choosing only which ones you care to read – no drivel like "Marvin," "Cathy," or "Curtis." And a lot of trees get to keep breathing.
I love the comics. Granted, most of them suck. BUt that's always been the case.
DOONESBURY. DOONESBURY. DOONESBURY. (Did I Mention DOONESBURY?)
I don't read physical newspapers anymore because I get 99% of my news and information from online sources, but I have noticed that as I moved towards electronic mediums I began to read more comics online. In fact, the first website I visit each (and every) day is http://www.comics.com. I do not think the eventual death of the paper newspaper will also be the death of the comic strip, but it will be sad to see those comics I've loved that don't make the transition to the internet fade away.
Of course I still read comics in the newspaper! Nothing really beats the feel of paper. No seriously. I read books too.
Comics I read? Garfield! Peanuts (don't care if they are reruns, I grew up reading Peanuts), Foxtrot, Pearls Before Swine, Dilbert, Get Fuzzy, Baby Blues, One Big Happy. There are comics that I read online because the Atlanta paper doesn't carry them. But it's not the same.
I never miss an opportunity to read the comics. Without them, there would be no useful context for the news.
i'm a newspaper addict. i started reading it when i was 9 and i'd be lost without it. the comics are the last thing i read but i read them daily. 'pearls before swine' is my all time favorite. my paper carries more daily comics than any other newspaper, i believe.
i do know for sure that young people don't read the paper. they get their news online, if they get the news at all. very sad. i just hope they last until i die!
I'm a 50 yr. old female & I read the comics everyday! It's one of the reasons we still get a paper, that & the crossword.
I have to agree with many of the other posts, Calvin and Hobbs was the best of the best. Always entertaining, and often laugh-out-loud funny, C&H was in a class by itself.
These days I rarely read a newspaper, so I don't read comics consistently, but I still love the artform and will often seek them out online.
The comics are the only thing in the newspaper that makes sense. My Portland newspaper lets us vote on which ones to put in there, so most of the strips are pretty good. We don't have Mary Worth, and Cathy's on a back page in the classifieds and not read.
If I didn't read Andy Capp daily, I'm not sure if I would know how to treat the battleax!!!! She's fixin me tea as we speak!!!
I read about 15 comics every day. Online. May of them only run online. Many have never been published in paper format, either because they are too "edgy" for publishers, or because they are hobby projects.
I have no use for the funnies page in the paper. I don't even read a paper unless I see one in a coffee shop.
I think my seven year old boy would cry himself to sleep at night if they got rid of the comics section of the newspaper.
I start almost every day, reading the newspaper. I might skip through the news section (it gets pretty depressing, sometimes), but I NEVER skip the comics. It begins my day with a few chuckles and we don't get enough of them from the paper, lately.
Why do you refer to them as "comics"? They're called cartoons. Not all of them are meant to be funny. "Mary Worth" is not a comic. It's a soap opera. Call them what they really are, cartoons, for Christ's sake!
I have read the daily newspaper ever since I first learned to read (55 + years). I read everything in it...cover to cover.
It is one of the most enjoyable things that I do each day and I wholeheartedly look forward to it. Even when I go on business trips or vacations, I always look for and find a paper to read.
I take the paper with me when I go to work. At lunch, I always read the comics. I do not read all of them (as someone else has already mentioned the Dallas Mornig News has 2-1/2 pages of comics). But I probably read at least 90% of them every day.
I always go out for lunch. Sometimes I feel a little bit self conscious because the other patrons of the dining establishments can easily see that I am reading the comics while eating my lunch. But that is one of the advantages of getting older...you learn to not care so much about what someone else might be thinking about you. In other words, "your opinion of me – is none of my business". If I want to read the comics everyday in a public place, by golly that is what I am going to do.
Either I've smartened up or comics have dumbed down, they just don't have the appeal they had decades ago.
Opus was great but is gone. Doonesbury is still pretty good but stands lone on the comics page. Andy Capp has disappeared thanks to political correctness.
Looking through the comics every once in a while I find there's no edginess, no intelligent references, no amusement. It has become pablum–bland, bland and more bland.
Maybe the decline of the comics is one of the reasons for the decline of newspaper readership.
Every once in a while I get a chance to read the weekend comics and each time I find there's as much stimulation as reading the back of a cereal box at breakfast.
We stopped getting the newspaper years ago. The comics were one of the few things I read (in the AJC, I also loved The Vent). I read them online now to get my fix.
I just can't see sitting down to read the paper anymore like I used to over breakfast. I can turn on my computer, CNN is my homepage, then I can check comics and everything else I want in seconds.
I read the comics every day in the newspaper. When there is a particularly good one I cut it out and it goes up on the fridge. At the end of the year I take them down and put them in a box. When I get in a bad mood I "read" the fridge or go through the box and my spirits are restored. I hope I can always have a daily paper newspaper. Online just doesn't cut it.
I read 'em too!
And that's what wrong with newspapers. They don't look at what the customer wants. They look at what they can cut from the bottom line, and the things they are cutting are the things that would DRAW readers to the newspaper. Local columnists, cartoons, political cartoons, etc. Instead they give us prepackaged crap you can read any place and all places. It's really very hard to create your own comics page if you don't know where they all are. Newspapers are nailing their own coffins by doing stupid things like this. Look at these comments. EVERYONE reads the comics.
I started reading the comics when I was 10 years old–more than a half a century ago. And that's how I began to learn to read a newspaper. I used to read the comics every day, but now I just read them on Sunday. I still read Prince Valiant (although it's gotten a little weird in the past couple of years). A year ago, I started reading the Sunday comics with my seven-year-old grandnephew. It took me about two months of Sundays to get him hooked. One Sunday I couldn't go to his house, so he suggested that we read together using web cams. That didn't work very well, but it was interesting. Now he rushes home after church, tears open the newspaper, finds the funnies, sits in the reclining chair, and reads the comics. If we want the younger generation to read the newspaper, we have to teach them how.
I still read the comics everyday–in fact, they've always been the first thing I read (although now it's more because it's the only thing I can see first thing in the morning instead of the only thing I can read like when I was 7...). But I live near Detroit so as of March my newspaper won't even be delivered to my home four days a week...so I'll just have to face the day without beginning it with a laugh. So exactly when will newspapers completely disappear???
Well, my husband and I have a deal. We get the SF Chronicle delivered at 6 a.m. He takes the front page while eating breakfast in the kitchen, and I retreat with the Datebook section to the bedroom to read the comics first. Then we trade and both work our way through the rest of the paper. I can't imagine not having a newspaper delivered and even in our travels we always seek out the local newspaper for the news and the comics. Online will never cut the mustard for me....there's just something about lounging around in bed with a cup of tea and the newspaper. Pearls before Swine, Sally Forth, Zits, Baby Blues, Non Sequitor...all wonderful. Long live the newspaper!!!!
I always save the comics for a mild treat after reading the mostly gloomy news. I can't believe no one mentioned "Luann", "Zits", or "Pickles" as favorites.
I have read the comics for many years. The Los Angeles Times has cut back it's comic section, both daily and on Sunday, a lot. I took the Orange County Resgister for a while, just for the comics, but can't stand the right-wing policies of the paper. I've subscribed to the LA Times for more than forty years, and have watched it shrink in size every year. Soon there will be no more home delivery, I'm afraid.
First, Isabelle S., my condolences on your son's choice of schools. I live in Savannah and you don't want to know what the locals think about SCAB...er...SCAD. Hope he does well in spite of it. His e-strip looks promising, if that means anything.
As for reading the comics, I still do. Whether in hard copy or online, they are my quick escape when I need a respite from the chaos. If I had to dump one, though, I would delete with extreme prejudice that editorial dreck "Mallard Fillmore". It certainly does NOT belong on the same pages or websites as "Pearls Before Swine" or "Lio" or even reruns of "Peanuts".
I still read the comics, but mostly online. I stopped getting a daily morning paper and only get the Sunday one now. I love all the old comics, like...yes...Mary Worth and Rex Morgan and Judge Parker. I love the new ones too, like Pearls Before Swine and Overboard. I like the classics, like Blondie and Dennis The Mence. I hate the ones like Cathy and Garfield, yet I know that there are those who love them. Why can we have them all. I don't read the ones I don't like and do read the ones that I do. There is room for all! I hate reading the newspaper. Way too biased and not always truthful. The online comics are great and most are free. I will stop reading them when I have to pay to get them. I'll just go to the bookstore and buy a comic strip collection. But...yes...I still read the daily comics!
I read the paper faithfully and always save the comics until last. A bright spot after otherwise depressing news. I love the edgy, quirky comics. I even read them in a specific order. I don't know what I would do if my paper went 100% online. There something tactile about the whole experience. Online news sources come later in the day.
I start my day off every day with reading comics online from a bunch of different sites.
I love 'Get Fuzzy'.
My days start better with laughs [or even BIG smiles.]
Crankshaft, Fred the Basset Hound, Buckles, and Mallard Filmore. They start my day off bright.
I used to love "For better or worse" until it went back in time. My favorite is Get Fuzzy!
The only comic anyone needs.
I'm a big nerd so I really really love Foxtrot. Bill Amend is way underrated in my opinion.
Make the coffee.
Feed the dogs.
Get the newspaper.
Pour the coffee.
Read the newspaper (including the Funnies!).
Work the crossword.
Go to work.
Ritual is such a comfort.
I'm 26 and I grew up reading the "funny pages" on Sunday and always loved the regular strips during the week. Now that I'm older, the funnies are the only reason to even bother picking up the local paper.
For the most part the paper where I live is a rag, run by a pretentious news crew that thinks they are the great heroes of the community. They have a tendency to report half-truths and conjecture and have a dismally low score on following up on stories (unless of course it is one of their 'pet' stories, then they'll report on it till the sun goes out). I get more accurate local news from the papers and news stations from Albuquerque (which is three hours away) than I do locally. But I digress.
I think most of the newspapers around the country would be very pleasantly surprised to know how many people do still read the comics section. In a time where it seems that all the news is negative, even something as simple as looking at Snoopy sitting on top of his dog house with Woodstock, or seeing Andy Capp get busted by the Mrs. sneaking in from the pub, or Garfield scarfing lasagna straight from the pan, these things can make you feel like maybe the planet isn't going to hell in a hand basket after all.
I have to read something as I stand in the kitchen each morning & eat breakfast... :-) Scan the news (which I probably already saw on cnn.com or heard on NPR), read Dilbert, Pearls, Zits.
Studies have shown that people who routinely flip the paper open to the comics before reading the buisness section or sports etc tend to live longer happier lives. The reason being is that they have less stress in their life and value laughter (a natural anti stress 'device'). I read the comics every day and only go to the online version if a favourite strip isn't in a particular paper...
I have been reading Blondie since I was 12 years old. Our local newspaper has also trimmed the comics but left most of my favorites (For Better or Worse, Pickles, Jump Start, Beetle Bailey). I despise Doonesbury so they can take it out, too.
I read the newspaper comics if someone was kind enough to leave that section in the bathroom stall at work.
I'm 37 and I think I stopped reading newspaper comics when Bloom County stopped. Who cared any more? I could get collections of Bloom County and Garfield in used book stores. I didn't need a newspaper to bring me Family Circus.
Later, I was working Xmas day and I discovered on-line comics. Sluggy Freelance and User Friendly were the first two I found that were worth reading. Others quickly followed. Just to prove I couldn't do it, I've started two on-line strips on my own. They didn't last long, but I enjoyed producing them. Sometimes I think about trying it again.
The point here is that newspapers and newspaper comic sections have been dying slowly for the last three decades. Yet, I can go on-line right now and find lists of thousands of comics. I found one the other night that listed more than 10,000 strips. Are they all worth reading? No, of course not. And even the good ones won't appeal to everyone. But, if you like comics and if you take the time to look around, you'll find a few you like.
The best part is for the artists themselves. Instead of thousands of artists fighting for a few dozen syndication slots on an ever shrinking comics page, any artist can publish their own work and be seen by anyone on the planet with an internet connection. If the strip makes any money, it goes directly to the artist. And, many artists are making a living wage doing this.
If you love comics, hit the net, look around. Ask your friends what they read. Find some strips you like and support them. When the newspapers finally die, you will have all the funny you need!
Do I read the comics?? Everyday. Faithfully. Most days, it is the only section worth reading. These days, we all need something to laugh at.
I read the comics in the paper first thing every day. But I have also broken down and started reading them online at gocomics.com.
Absolutely – as a wanna-be "comic stripper" (in Opus' terminology) I love to look at the structure and nuance, in addition to the humour. Our daily paper in Calgary carries several of my faves – "Get Fuzzy", "Pearls", "Pooch Cafe" "Sherman's Lagoon" and the single panel "F-minus", and I get my on-line dose of several others such as "Frazz", "Cul de sac" and the still sharp "Doonesbury".
There's abundant young talent out there, mostly mired in semi-obscurity on the web. We're "plugged in" to too much at once to give new strips a chance, thus the longing for the 2nd coming of "C&H" (don't worry, I definitely bow at the shrine of Watterson myself).
I read some where that people who read the comics live longer. I believe that, I read the news and last I read the comics, they help me deal with everything else I have read.
There will never be a greater comic strip than Calvin and Hobbes and quite honestly, I quit reading the comic strip section ever since Bill Watterson retired. I really miss that kid.
I still read the comics... and look forward to my favorites every day. Mr. Pastis might eek out a smile to know "Pearls Before Swine" is one of my daily reads – along with "Get Fuzzy" and about seven others. It's always good to start the day with some levity, tepid insight or even a groan. The comics provide that most days... and on other days, it just makes me feel like a kid.
I have read the Comics since I was a child, and I'll be 50 soon. I have some regulars I read daily on-line since the local papers do not carry them. For Better or Worse; Mary Worth; Duncan; Curtis; Alley Oop; Funky Winkerbean; Drabble; Judge Parker; Luann; Ziggy; Zits; Marvin; Spot the Frog; Barkeater Lake. Just to mention a few! I feel it's sad that many periodicals are no longer publishing these as our new artists may never learn this awesome art.
When I moved from Cleveland 15 years ago, the local newspapers did not carry some of my favorites, particularly Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft, but I also missed the daily saga of otheres, like Mary Worth. My dear Father-in-Law has religiously saved the comics section for me each day and I'm in heaven when I go back to visit. It sometimes takes me weeks to get caught up, but I enjoy every minute of it.
Save the comics!
I've read the comics my whole life. Comic books, Newspaper comics, Editorial comics and I even made my own comic books.
There is a special communication in comic strips. I was teary eyed over "Opus" when he went to "sleep". Editorial comics show perspectives on issues you'll never get with 10,000 words.
I think no matter what happens, comics (newspaper and other wise) will find a venue and I'll be there.
Right now I get all my comics from http//:www.comics.com.
You can have your favorite comics emailed to you everyday.
Gotta love it!
It is a rare morning indeed that I miss Dilbert! I always turn to the comics page in my morning Cape Cod Times, and catch what the pointy haired manager and/or the evil HR Director "Catbert" may be up to that day? I may be classified as a senior citizen these days, but there is nothing like a good read coupled with a hot cup of coffee in the early AM, weekdays and weekends! And, at 73 I still work for a living! Having spent a majority of my career years in IT and management, a little mirth goes a long way. Scott Adams, being a graduate of PacBell, understands the preposterousness of so many executive decisions that were rampant over the past 2-3 decades, and that have now been transcended into government – making for even more laughs.
I LOVE the funnies. I read them every day. I like online news, but I LOVE my paper. I'm read the funnies before bed, after my fill of doom and gloom and "news".
My 4 year old grandson sits by me and "reads". How are kids ever going to know how to read, and how wonderful it is, if we take away the good reading materials?
Come up folks – buy the newspaper! Just be sure to recycle.
I'm 40 years old, and I no longer read the comics. That's mainly because I don't receive the paper anymore, but it's also because I don't find the comics very entertaining these days. I don't find that today's comics have the side-splitting, smart humor that comics once had (i.e. Bloom County, The Far Side, Calvin & Hobbes). The world is in desperate need of a comics overhaul.
Don't see much since 'Opus' went the way of the dodo. The rest are not that good.
The news paper is anachronistic now. The comic strip was always where I found truth but given the only people that read papers now are older.... there is not much room for edgier comics...
The comic art is best found online nowadays
Pearls Before Swine will be viewed as the last great "New" newspaper strip.... and I read that online now
Also an AJC subscriber and avid comics reader, I was similarly disappointed and chagrined with the change to fewer comics and in COLOR. You're right; daily comics should be B&W and color should be reserved for Sundays.
I am 49 and have been reading comics since I was 5 (or younger but I can't recall). Every penny of my allowance was spent on comics, so for the other luxuries of childhood (movies, candy) I begged my parents and sometimes got it, sometimes not. That was ok... comics were my life. Birthday cash, Christmas money, you name it... yep, comics.
Today, my two daughters (18 and 14) are comics addicts as well, having observed me read them at the dinner table from their high chairs and beyond (well out of the reach of my wife's swatting hand). In fact the younger one can be persuaded to do her homework only by the threat of comics being withheld. They don't watch tv unless someone else turns it on.
AJC, bring back the good ones. In the same vein, good riddance to Worth, Parker, Cathy, et al.
I still read the comics everyday, a habit I developed since grade school (I am now 49). Always skipped Mary Worth, along with other boring stuff like For Better For Worse, Little Orphan Annie and Gasoline Alley. The new stuff like Pearls Before Swine and Zits is good, as is Sherman's Lagoon and veterans like Doonesbury, Dilbert and even Blondie and Beetle Bailey still deserve their spot. The comics line-up is part of the determining factor in which newspaper I buy.
I read news online (convenience and timeliness). But I still read the comics in a physical paper. I'm also old enough to remember paper deliveries (morning and evening editions), and when comic sections were multiple pages (10-12), not just two pages.
Like others here have noted, I say that a lot of the newer comic strips just ain't funny. Never were, never will be. The newspaper I get carries only two pages of strips, and less than half of those strips are worth my time.
One note: to a particular generation (and older), many learned to read via comic strips. Parents would read to their children. The combination of words and pictures made it easy to learn to read. My parents learned to read via the comics, and some of that was passed on to me. Maybe someone out there can take note and pass this on as long as comic strips still appear in papers. Nothing like sharing the paper and reading together........
Comics in the papers are still a favorite of mine but I read far more online. http://www.PVPonline.com is a pop culture favorite and since I am in the SEO industry I also like http://www.rankedhard.com which only come out once a month, too bad.
Comics are still the first thing I read in the paper but comics as an art form has diminished from the heyday of the full page comics, sadly.
I love the comics form, but there's little of interest in the two small town dailies I get. Atrocities like Blondie, Hi and Lois, Beetle Bailey and Hagar the Horrible are so awful, they're often outright depressing. The jokes seem to fall into two categories: these aimed at octogenarians (Oh these wacky kids and their computers!) or jokes that really have no humor content at all (Dagwood has to go to work every day. Ha!) Then, of course, there's the Family Circus, the adventures of two grouchy parents and there deeply stupid offspring. It's a wonder Americans breed at all after reading it. I used to look forward to Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes. Now, if I want a laugh I read the drunken escapade of yokels in the police blotter.
I read lots of comics daily, but none in a newspaper. There is a wealth of quality online-only comics out there. They can be as edgy as they want, and don't suffer the restrictions in format Watterson hated or editorial restrictions Larson occasionally chaffed under.
Comics in newspapers have been doing the same thing for the past 40 years, with no real evolution. It's no surprise that they're dying out.
You want to read interesting and good comics? Webcomics are the way to go.
A few that are good, that I'd recommend:
I only read news online. Less than five times a year, I'll read an actual newspaper. I do enjoy the comics but no more so than other features. As I kid I loved "Peanuts", "Garfield", "BC", etc. but don't think about them now that I'm an adult.
Although, I must agree about Calvin & Hobbes.
My husband and I are 80 and 78 respectively. We both read the comics every morning. Among the favorites: Non Sequiter, Pickles, For Better or For Worse..and of course, Doonesbury. !! Mallard Fillmore would not be missed.
Leave out "Political" and making "Personal Statements" and bring back true "Comedy'
You can count on one hand, the comics that don't offend and truly prompt a chuckle, or at least a smile.
Return comics to what they used to be !!!
It can be done !!
45 year old guy, read them everyday and I now my 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son read them as well. They've even learned to mock Blondie daily (Hey look Dad, Dagwood is making a huge sandwich...what a surprise!?)
I'm a 26 year old male who reads the comics everyday while I eat my breakfast. I skip over several ones in the paper that don't interest me and go online to read Non-Sequitur, Get Fuzzy, and an unsyndicated one, Sinfest. My wife skims through every page of the paper everyday, but I usually only make a point to read the comics and do the crossword. I'd still get them online if the paper quit running them, but I'd be very disappointed not to have them in print. As for the re-run comics, Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite ever. It isn't re-run in my local paper, but even if it was, I probably wouldn't read it. I have all of the books and know all of the punchlines by the first frame or two after reading them all so many times. We need more edgy strips like Pearls.
I'm one of the 2 out of twenty that is in my mid 20's and still gets the newspaper and reads it every day. I save my comics until the end, kind of like dessert! If my paper got rid of the comics, I don't know if local sports news would be enough reason to keep getting it. Every other section in the paper is AP news that I can get on CNN.com.......although there is something nice about holding the paper with my morning coffee.......
Suggestion: Why don't sites like CNN.com, foxnews.com, msn.com etc. have a "comics" section? Just because the paper medium of newspapers is on the decline shouldn't mean that the "daily comic" art form should die as well. Comics are comics, whether they're online or in paper. I'll bet if CNN had a "daily comics" page on this site it'd be viewed more often than most of the other pages on this site.
I read the comics first, then the ads. I get bombarded by news every day, so essentially I get the paper for the comics and ads.
Could really do without some of the strips, but apparently someone still reads "Cathy" and "Love Is..." Maybe even "Marmaduke."
Nothing will beat "C&H," though. "Non-Sequitur" is also pretty good.
I cannot start my day without my "fix" of comics (I subscribe to two outlets for them). No headline news, weather, or anything else before my daily dose. Glad I'm not alone.
I read two of our local papers EVERY morning – newspapers and coffee – they just go together.... and the comics are the best part!
One of my favorite comics that only briefly appeared in the papers is Sinfest by Tatsuya Ishida. He still does a daily 3 panel strip at sinfest.com.
Hopefully I will always be able to start my day with a chuckle from reading the comic pages. Fortunately my local newspaper still prints two pages of my favorites! Long live the printed comic!
I read very few of them, maybe 3% of what is published in my paper. They still run Alley Oop! I prefer edgy, modern comics. Far Side, Calvin & Hobbes, etc are great, but no longer around.
Tundra Comics.........closest thing to Gary Larson's Far Side. Oh, to have the Far Side back.....
We get newspapers at work (a Wal-mart in Omaha) but I generally skip the cartoons because for some reason none of them are at all amusing. In fact, some of them are dramatic and make little sense . . .
My old newspaper mostly ran comics like Cathy, For Better or For Worse, Family Circus, that kind of thing. Needless to say as a 20 year old male, there wasn't much appeal to it, and I mostly stick to online webcomics now, like Achewood. I can only watch Cathy screech AAAAAAAAAAAKK! so many times before the luster wears off.
Comics are the only thing in papers worth reading.
The local paper the Dallas Morning News recently discontiuned several comics from the paper I'll miss. Like, "For Better or Worse", "Marmaduke. "There were a couple of others I couldn't recall that I liked that are gone. I think they should keep the comics. I still read them when I get the paper occasionally. Sometimes I'll go on-line to catch up on the ones I like. Yeah, I'd have to say that if I had to choose between ones you mentioned above I'd go with the mineshaft. Hey, I'm old-fashioned too. You're not alone...
they are the best part of the paper...
We have a family ritual of getting the Sunday paper and "fighting' over who gets the comics first! My 9yo even reads them over and over all week long.
I love "Pickles"!
I would also recommend Marvel Comics Online database.
They offer (with paid membership) about 5,000 comics dating back some 10 to 20 years.
love me some Get Fuzzy!
I get two newspapers a day but due to cuts on what comics they carry, I get my daily comics from comics.com. I will always read a newspaper but like so many others here I feel the content and quality is being compremised by all the budget cuts. I have just reached my fourth decade and I grew up with parents who always received a paper (even remember when there was a morning and evening editions). But my younger siblings have gone the route of internet news only.
When I was a kid growing up in the 70s my local paper (the Wausau Daily Record Herald) had only one half of one page devoted to the comics but it was enough... it was more than enough, it was heaven. The Sunday edition of the Chicago Trib with it's color comics section? A perfect way to spend a Sunday.
I was an avid Peanuts follower and loved that I was reading new strips at the same time as my parents would buy the newsstand paperbacks with reprinted material from the 60's.
I loved the strips so much that I would pull the comics page from the paper and for a number of years had a really great collection of current strips.. but unfortunately that was lost at some point in my 20s (a cleaning purge of my mom's house no doubt).
When Schulz passed away and most of the other strips ended and my attention turned to reading news online, so did my interest in comic strips.
I love the art form but geez nothing beats The Far Side or Calvin and Hobbes or (the best) Bloom County. I have to admit a guilty fondness for the art of Alley Oop and Nancy although the writing never completely appealed to me.
Fortunately all those strips have been collected and printed in deluxe editions but I wish there were some great current strips to read. I often catch Tom Tomorrow in the Voice but it's not quite the same.
With papers disapeering, perhaps a new generation will simply read comic strips online .. but nothing beats newsprint or a book of collected works. :)
Like everything else in the paper they have become an outlet for the liberals and their agenda. How sad!
Agree with Tom – still missing Calvin and Hobbes. Have several C&H books that are almost in tatters.
Otherwise, I don't read the physical paper, I get all my news from the same papers online. We buy the Sunday paper for the coupons and feel very wasteful very Sunday (we compost some of the paper, recycle others, but still – wasteful).
If the papers continue to cut out all of the reasons to read a paper, why should they be surprised if people stop reading. Without the comics and opinion pages, I would just cancel my subscription.
The problem with many of the comics is they are too intellectually advanced for the readers to understand (unless you're talking about Judge Parker and Mary Worth or Cathy). Non Sequitor and Pearls before Swine are too often exactly pearls before swine.
Both my husband and I LOVE the comics! There is enough reality in the world and the news is not usually uplifting to say the least. A little escape every day is something we look forward to.....and we still even like Garfield!
Comics, Sports, Front Page, Local News, in that order.
I read the comics daily on comics.com
I read the comics every day. They are the main reason I still take the newspaper. My favorites are "Get Fuzzy" and "Pearls Before Swine." Fortunately, my newspaper ("The Dallas Morning News") prints two and a half pages of comics so I can put off throwing myself down a mineshaft for now.
My daughter (7yo) wants to like the 'funny papers' but the problem is that they just aren't funny. I flip through the pages and see a couple that I can read and she'll understand, but for the most part its a waste of time.
They need to figure out if they want to be funny, thoughtful or hateful. One more reason not to buy the Sunday paper.
I still read the comics. It's actually the first thing I go to. I read the news online. I do skip a few so if they were taken out I wouldn't mind a bit. (i.e. Family Circus, Cathy.)
I love reading the newspaper however due to the rising cost and a terrible, rude carrier – I canceled it and I started to read it on line. I really missed the comics ( they only carry a few online) but was very lucky to find the websites sites for For Better Or For Worse and The Family Circus. I read those two every day online. When I do pick up a true paper, I save the comics for last and read every one!
I read the comics everyday and I'm 23 years old. My go to one is and will always be Peanuts. Even if it is still in reruns, it's a timeless classic that will never get old.
I would not miss Garfield but I like Curtis. Pearls before Swine is the kind of comic that could save the medium. The last time my local paper cut the comics to half I switched papers.
I read: comics, sunday commentary, front page/world news, business, local (in that order)
(40-year old male)
I still read 2 of my local papers every day. Plus I read three others online, or at least their headlines. The comics and the crossword puzzle are a daily staple in my life. I basically have quit watching the television news because of their shock and awe need to scare the heck out of people. The comics provide good entertainment and they have been around a long time. I hope they stick around.
I love my daily comics. They wake me up and prepare me to face the non-comic world. Even older ones such as Family Circus, which I would not miss were it to be replaced, get read. There are a lot of very funny new writers of comics out there who don't get the syndicated opportunities, but have a unique view of life. I'd like to see more of them. I read the front page plus scan stories that draw my interest, but I ALWAYS read the comics. And no, I am not in my 20s and 30s any longer, but that doesn't mean my tastes haven't changed, grown or morphed into edgier humor.
For the past year I have been receiving my local paper for free. I've called 3 times to let them know I'm not a subscriber, but to no avail, but anyhoo, it has allowed me to read Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy and Mother Goose and Grim daily
I still read the comics, but then I don't fall into the "20s and 30s" demographic (I'm 45).
In addition to the shrinking comics page in the Baltimore Sun (which just combined the Sunday comics with the TV magazine and moved the Sunday Doonesbury to the bottom of the editorial pages, where it's printed small and in black-and-white), I read a growing list of webcomics, plus several newspaper comics that aren't in the Sun.
The Sun no longer carries any traditional story strips, but "Cathy," "Garfield" and the zombified "For Better or for Worse" are still there. Fortunately, "Pearls Before Swine" and "Get Fuzzy" are there to wash the "AAACCCK!" out of my mouth.
I happen to be old enough to remember getting daily papers delivered to our home when I was a kid (gasp!) Even as a kid I was one of those OCD freaks who read the paper from cover to cover, page by page. The comics were the desert after the main course. These days, with five kids, two dogs, three fish, a husband, and an ailing mom, I no longer have time for the full paper; I only read the comics. I NEED them, both for the time to myself, as well as the bit of humor in my day. So for me, YES, comics matter!
I get my comics as e-mails from comics.com, that way I can pick and choose what i want to read.
I still read the comics daily. In my opinion the newspaper medium is suffering through a slow death, with the only sections worth reading being the comics and the sports. Everything else is a day late and a dollar short information wise.
I never miss the comics in the newspaper! They are a highlight of my day, and I feel like something is missing if I have skipped them for whatever reason. I will read them online in a pinch, but I am a traditionalist who loves reading them in the newspaper, spreading them out on the table in front of me and enjoying each strip. I originally fell in love with Peanuts, and read them just for that strip, but eventually fell into reading many more. One of life's simple pleasures!
I will faithfully read "Red and Rover" until Brian Basset ceases to create it. Sometimes, it's the only bright moment in a very long work day.
I am 57 and I read the comics every day. It's a good way to get a laugh first thing in the morning.
i still read comics its a release from this sometimes chaotic world
If Bill Watterson would bring back 'Calvin & Hobbes' I would read comics in the paper again...over a decade and waiting
I care tons about comics, you might say a vested interest in them. Unfortunately, it seems newspaper editors don't care about my interest in them, or at the least, don't care about them as much as I do or in the same way as I do (how else to explain Berke Breathed quitting Opus (again) and Non-Sequitor's repeated struggles, compared with the rerunning of Peanuts, For Better or Worse, and (for a limited time) Calvin and Hobbes).
Thank god for online; I only wish all the really great cartoonists out there were able to make a decent wage (and equally decent recognition) off of it.
I still read the comics right after I read the front news page. As my son recently received his BFA in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art and Design, I hope people still read comics! But, you can catch my son's comic journal (my term) by going to http://www.ghostcarpress.com. His comic is "Inkdick". Check it out. He has talent.
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