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Are daily newspaper comic strips still popular?

 
 
Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 09:14 am
Hi. I haven't read daily newspapers in a long time and I am just bit curious. Are newspaper comic strips still popular? There are a lot of comic strips that I used to like and read in daily newspapers. Some I haven't seen in years.

I know some series end and sometimes the newspapers, through syndicates, rerun classic strips to keep the series going.

For example, when Charles Shultz, the man who created Peanuts, had passed, his family continued his series in the newspapers by rerunning classic strips.

Sometimes, when creators pass, someone else take over the strips. That's what happened with Mort Walker, the man who created, wrote and drew the Beetle Bailey strips. His sons took over the strips after he passed.

I sometimes wonder if Ziggy is still being produced.

Are newspaper comic strips still popular? Do people who produce comic strips for local newspapers get paid a lot of money? Is the market for newspaper comic strips still a big one?

I don't know specifically how they get paid, but I know people who produce newspaper comic strips showcase them through syndicates and syndicates help carry their strips through various different newspapers across the U.S. each day.

A number of years ago my old animation instructor from art school snail mailed me some info about how to get involved with producing comics for newspapers and comic strip syndicates.

Please help- thank you.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 09:56 am
You can follow old and new comics daily at this link.
https://www.gocomics.com/
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 10:19 am
@edgarblythe,
I've been out of touch with newspaper comics in a long time. Some of those strips at that link I have never even heard of.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 10:23 am
I didn't even know there were people of color in the Ziggy strip:

https://www.gocomics.com/search/results?utf8=%E2%9C%93&terms=ziggy

I think that's the first time I have ever seen one in the strip.

According to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggy_(comic_strip)

Ziggy is still being produced.
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Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 10:30 am
@JGoldman10,
They're probably not popular anymore due to the decline of newspapers in the last 20 years.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 10:43 am
@Rebelofnj,
I have read certain newspapers were cutting comic strips:

https://abcnews.go.com/WN/comic-strips-cut-newspapers/story?id=10093899

However, some people in the comic strip industry have made the shift from producing comic strips for newspapers to online media:

https://www.breezejmu.org/news/comic-strips-survive-as-print-media-declines/article_fd98200c-bd21-11e4-8291-ff8dcb8442b3.html
Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 10:57 am
@JGoldman10,
As far as I can tell, there hasn't been any post 2000 comic strip that has reached the level of popularity as Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes.

According to a more recent news article:
"Many comics fans consider the '90s to be the last golden age for the comics page in print newspapers."
http://www.startribune.com/from-the-boondocks-to-the-far-side-beloved-90s-comics-are-springing-back-to-life/561133422/
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 02:47 pm
@Rebelofnj,
Really? What about Garfield? Jim Davis still works on the strip. There is still a ton of Garfield merchandise out there and Jim Davis is still working on animated Garfield projects.
Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 03:44 pm
@JGoldman10,
Garfield was first published in the 70s. I'm talking about strips that were newly published after 2000, like Red & Rover.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 03:50 pm
@Rebelofnj,
I know, but isn't Garfield as iconic as Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes?
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 03:51 pm
A cartoonist reinvented Nancy a few years ago. It uses characters that look like her, but the dialog makes them over into different personalities.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 04:04 pm
@edgarblythe,
A comic strip reboot? Interesting.

I know Little Orphan Annie had been modernized for many years before its run ended in 2010.
Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 04:25 pm
@JGoldman10,
Garfield is as famous as Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes. Just because I did not mention it by name does not mean I don't think the comic strip is not famous.

You are missing the point. I'm saying, for the third time in this thread, that there is no new comic strip, first published after 2000, that has received the same level of attention as before.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 04:26 pm
@JGoldman10,
They are trying lots of things to keep Dick Tracy alive, too. And Alley Oop has undergone a radical change.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 04:28 pm
@Rebelofnj,
I got that- thank you.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 04:28 pm
Pearls Before Swine began in the papers in 2000. It is one of the most popular comics going today.
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Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 04:41 pm
@edgarblythe,
IDW has been publishing Dick Tracy comic book miniseries. The most recent miniseries, Dick Tracy Forever, was completed in August.
https://www.idwpublishing.com/product-category/dick-tracy-forever/
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 26 Sep, 2019 07:46 pm
@Rebelofnj,
I'm surprised it's by someone other than the ones doing the comic strip.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Fri 27 Sep, 2019 06:50 am
@edgarblythe,
Will Eisner's The Spirit has been rebooted a few times in recent years:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_(comics)#Latter-day_Spirit_comics
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 28 Sep, 2019 05:20 pm
Here is my second favorite comic strip site.
http://comics.azcentral.com/
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