Time to weigh in on comics pages

Time to weigh in on comics pages

If you have already read today's comics section, you may have noticed a new strip: "WuMo."

Named after its creators, Danish comedian Mikael Wulff and illustrator Anders Morgenthaler, "WuMo" started out underground and grew to become one of Europe's most popular strips.

It has quickly gained an audience in the United States. Introduced from Europe three months ago, the strip is being published in more than 270 U.S. newspapers — including The News-Gazette.

"'WuMo' celebrates life's absurdity and bittersweet ironies, holding up a funhouse mirror to our modern world and those who live in it," says its distribution syndicate, Universal Uclick. You can get a sense of their humor from the sample on the left.

So you're probably wondering, If "WuMo" is now running seven days a week, who got voted off the island?

"Get Fuzzy." And here's why:

Last summer, cartoonist Darby Conley stopped creating new strips. Since then, "Get Fuzzy" has been in reruns.

Many of you may be thinking "Classic Peanuts" and "For Better or For Worse" have been in reruns for years (since 2000 for "Peanuts" and '08 for "FBoFW"). Why is The News-Gazette still running them?

Because they remain popular. Both strips arguably are the two most popular comic strips ever in the U.S. And News-Gazette reader surveys over the years have backed that up.

Still, perhaps you'd like to see further changes.

Should we continue running "For Better or For Worse" but reduce "Classic Peanuts" to Sundays only? Keep 'em both all week? Give them a graceful farewell?

And while you're at it, please feel free to share your opinions about our other strips. Many of them — while their creators are still generating new material — have been around for years. Have some strips such as "Beetle Bailey," "Garfield" and "Blondie" lost their magic? Or is their humor timeless?

Are there strips that you would like to see in The News-Gazette?

Please feel free to share your thoughts through email:

comics@news-gazette.com

Or through the mail:

News-Gazette Comics

P.O. Box 677

Champaign, IL 61824-0677

In a few weeks, I'll share with you some the feedback we're receiving.

— Dan Corkery, managing editor for administration

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