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How has the newspaper comic strip business been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis?

 
 
Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2020 02:46 am
Hi. I am curious about this. I was going to pose the topic question in the thread I started about the Wuhan coronavirus, or Covid-19, but that thread was locked.

I know newspaper comic strips aren't as popular as they used to be. According to what I read online a lot of newspapers in the U.S. have cut down on comic strips that were being showcased in them to save money. A lot of comic strips that are and/or were commonly shown in papers are commonly showcased online now these days. A lot of them are showcased online through comic strip syndicates. A lot of comics in general are being showcased online now.

I have not read any local newspapers in a long time. I haven't found any resources online anywhere that state how the newspaper comic strip business has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Nothing that indicates how comic strip syndicates or how the people who produce and/or showcase comic strips for newspapers have been affected by it.

How has the newspaper comic strips business been affected by the crisis? How have comic strip syndicates and the people who produce and/or showcase comic strips for newspapers been affected?

As far as I know comic strips are still running in newspapers.

Please help. Thank you.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2020 03:21 am
I'm a writer and artist who wants to produce his own comics. This is important to me.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2020 03:36 am
Steve Bell seems to be doing OK.

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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2020 06:37 am
@izzythepush,
Hello. I'm not talking about political cartoons. I'm talking about daily strips in American newspapers. Peanuts, Garfield, Beetle Bailey, Blondie, etc.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2020 06:48 am
@JGoldman10,
Steve Bell has a daily strip in The Guardian.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 12 Apr, 2020 05:57 am
@izzythepush,
I think I recall seeing a political comic strip in some American newspaper in NY. The strip wasn't in the comics section of the paper, it was in a separate section.

I forgot the name of the strip and what paper it was in.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 12 Apr, 2020 06:35 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

I'm talking about daily strips in American newspapers. Peanuts, Garfield, Beetle Bailey, Blondie, etc.


The creator of Garfield, Jim Davis, is the only one still alive. I imagine the death of the creator had a lot more impact than Covid 19.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 12 Apr, 2020 07:01 am
@izzythepush,
I was just throwing out random examples of popular American comic strips.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 12 Apr, 2020 01:02 pm
I haven't read comic strips since I was a kid. Saying that, my local rag (and I do mean rag) is only delivering the paper two days a week. Subscribers can read the whole paper on the internet.

In my first attempt to negotiate the paper, I found that there are many comic strips in the paper.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 12 Apr, 2020 02:00 pm
You just about have to get online with a comic strip these days. The Houston Chronicle has dropped them altogether. I read Alley Oop, Pearls Before Swine and almost a dozen others at GoComics.com every day.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 12 Apr, 2020 06:20 pm
@edgarblythe,
Hi Ed. Thank you but that's not what I asked.

I just wanted to to know if newspaper comic strips have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis in any form or fashion.
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Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2020 11:48 am
@JGoldman10,
I can't find anything that says the newspaper comic strip business is affected by the crisis.

The regular comic industry is affected due to comic stores closing and the main distributor has halted deliveries.

In contrast, many newspapers and news sites are still operating, and most convenience stores, which sell newspapers, are deemed essential and are still open.

So, one can correctly assume that newspaper cartoonists are working from home, like the other news reporters.

Also, I looked through today's comic strips. Some are reruns, others have social distancing and being quarantine as topics, and the rest is business as usual.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2020 12:05 pm
@Rebelofnj,
Thank you. I assume comic strip syndicates are doing business as usual.

Newspaper comic strip writers and artists do work from home.
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