With the continued rise of web comics as a true medium one can’t help but poke fun at the print world, but even we have to admit there is good out there.
More Good – The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. is actually seeking the opinions of its readers by running samples of 13 strips that are candidates to buy from syndicates. They are also running stories covering topics such as why it’s changing its comics lineup, “legacy” comics with new artists, comics and their connection with readers, comics over the years and an attempt to figure out where comics are headed.
More Bad – Doonesbury is actually edited before being printed in several newspapers. The strips in question references Karl Rove’s actual nickname given by President Bush, Turd Blossom. Of course Trudaeu was completely justified in having a hissy fit.
The Ugly – Boondocks upsets Christian Right by simply using JC’s name as part of a joke. These guys can’t be serious as the line “FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, LET HER IN!!” was used to make fun of Oprah Winfrey and not target any of these people who are now trying to move Boondocks from the comics page to the opinions section of newspapers. This is the perfect example of why syndicates is having a tough time bringing in fresh new strips.