Comics fans have noticed some changes this week to The News-Gazette’s daily and Sunday comics pages.
“Frazz” and “Tundra” have joined the daily lineup, replacing “Cul de Sac” and “Barney & Clyde.”
We have been running guest comic strips on the daily pages since April 2011. We asked readers all along to let us know what they thought of the guest strips, and we conducted a poll last spring in which we listed all the guest comics we’d run to that point and asked readers to vote.
Based on favorable reaction when we first started running “Cul de Sac” as a guest strip, we made it a permanent part of our lineup in August 2011. But the last year has been a struggle for cartoonist Richard Thompson. Parkinson's disease, first diagnosed in 2009, has so weakened him that he has decided he cannot keep up with the demands of a daily comic strip. The last “Cul de Sac” ran in the Sept. 23 Sunday comics.
While we did not get a great number of votes returned to us about the guest strips in last spring’s poll, “Frazz” was the clear choice of those who voted, so we’ve picked it as the replacement for “Cul de Sac.” “Frazz,” by Jef Mallett, follows the adventures of an unexpected role model: Edwin “Frazz” Frazier, an elementary school janitor who’s also a Renaissance man. “Frazz” won Wilbur Awards from the Religion Communicators Council in 2003 and 2005 for excellence in communicating values and ethics.
We’ve also had a number of readers tell us in the poll and otherwise that they did not like any of the guest comics we’ve run so far. We hope you’ll find “Tundra” more to your liking. Chad Carpenter’s strip about life in Alaska is one of the fastest-growing comic strips in the country, now running in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. It won a Reuben Award in 2008 for Best Newspaper Panel from the National Cartoonist Society. “Tundra” replaces “Barney & Clyde,” which has been on an extended trial but has not generated much reaction. “Tundra” will run Monday through Saturday.
Let us know what you think about “Frazz,” “Tundra” or any other comic strips we run. If enough readers like the offbeat humor in “Tundra,” we’ll make it a permanent part of our lineup. You can email us at email@example.com. And don’t forget to visit Comics Kingdom on our website to see a lot of your favorites.