May 13th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

So long, 'Annie'

After more than 85 years, “Little Orphan Annie” is getting kicked out of her digs - Tribune Media Services has canceled the comic strip.

The adventures of Annie, Sandy and Daddy Warbucks will no longer run in newspapers as of June 13, according to the New York Daily News. As of late, the kid was barely hanging on, running in just 20 daily newspapers.

However, that doesn’t mean she’s gone for good. A VP of licensing at Tribune Media Services, a division of the Tribune Co., told the Chicago Tribune that the comic will live on in other forms.

“Annie is definitely not dying,” Steve Tippie told the newspaper. “…[W]hether it’s in comic books, graphic novels, in print, electronic. It’s just too rich a vein [not] to mine.”

The problem with “Annie” is that she’s “much more of a kids property, so it’s less relevant to newspaper audiences than say a ‘Dick Tracy’ or a ‘Brenda Starr,’ ” the VP said. “It's much easier for kids to get their comics fixes on television or on the Internet. … Comic books and graphic novels still have huge audiences in print form.”

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