1. “Today’s” Heart of the City? Hasn’t HotC been in reruns for a decade or so?

  2. It took me a pathetically long time to understand the joke in the first cartoon. Maybe because the phrase is usually in the past tense, “look what the cat dragged in” rather than “is dragging in.”

    Also the husband doesn’t look like he’s even looking in the direction of the cat, never mind shocked by its clothes. Maybe that’s why he’s saying “OMG” instead of just the actual words?

  3. I stand corrected, Wikipedia says it’s been in constant production since 1997. I still would have sworn that this was one of those strips that ran for about 4-5 years, then went into reruns. I’m having trouble figuring out if there was a period when it DID go into reruns, and I just didn’t notice it came back with new strips, or if I’m confusing HotC with another strip. (Clearly, it’s not one I follow(ed) regularly).

  4. “the husband doesn’t look like he’s even looking in the direction of the cat, ”

    He looked, saw, and went back to his paper while passing on the news. One might guess that the cat has adopted “alternate” clothing in the past, so what’s surprising isn’t THAT he’s cross-dressing, but rather, as the wording kind of suggests, what he’s cross-dressing IN this time. I don’t have any direct experience, but I imagine that what is shocking the first time quickly loses it’s effect. The closest I can come is having watched M*A*S*H back in the day, when Corporal Klinger failed to generate any shock from his antics. There was only one catch, and it was Catch-22… you can’t go home unless you’re crazy, and if you want to go home, you aren’t crazy.

  5. James: Maybe it’s like Cathy, which seemed to be repeating even when it wasn’t…

  6. In Heart’s previous strip, Dean is congratulating J.J. Abrams
    for directing Star Wars 9 and mentions “Force Awakens”. Someone
    might be rerunning old ones, but it seems apparent that new ones
    are also being written.

  7. No, it’s a really strong (but apparently false) memory of having the strip reach the end and loop around to the beginning again.

  8. re: No, it’s a really strong (but apparently false) memory of having the strip reach the end and loop around to the beginning again.

    Ah, then you are probably thinking of FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE. Creator planned to end the strip, then had a traumatic divorce (I believe) and decided she needed to keep it going for the money. Told the syndicate she’d redo the story from the beginning, only with her new, improved artistic and storytelling skills, so it would be as though it were a whole new wonderful strip. The idiots believed her, and we’ve been chewing reheated leftovers ever since.

    I actually liked it, the first time around. But not the second time around.

  9. “Ah, then you are probably thinking of FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE.”

    No, I didn’t confuse HotC for FBOFW. HotC is about children who never age. When FBOFW wrapped up and restarted, the children were all grown up.

    I’d cut this out of my previous responses. This time, I’ll let my rumination see light of day.
    Back around a dozen years ago, comics-on-the-web were still new. The syndicates still got almost all their money from distributing comic strips to newspapers, a tiny little bit from subsidiaries that published books of cartoons, and pretty close to nothing from Internet sources. What they thought of the Internet at the time was that it was a way to connect to the fans who were the most ardent supporters of comics, the type who’d actually call in to their newspapers to ask that the paper pick up comic strips they weren’t carrying. Such calls don’t prompt immediate action, but they don’t hurt when the account rep calls up the local Times-Gazette and asks if they wouldn’t like to pick up a hot, new strip, now available for the low low price of I have no idea how much syndicates charge newspapers for comic strips.

    Back then, there was a first tier, comics that had 20+ year histories, that had widespread name-recognition. If you picked up a paper in a different city, and opened it to the comics page, these comics were there. There was a second-tier, also with long histories but lower penetration. Papers might run one or two of these, but different ones in different papers. Then there was a third tier… strips that were competent and consistent, but newer… no name recognition. A syndicate might carry such a strip for a while, hoping it would catch on and go into wide popularity. If it didn’t, however, eventually the syndicate would have to drop it. THOSE strips were promoted on the Internet. Heart of the City would have been one of those third-tier comics back then. If I’m confusing it with a different strip, that other strip is ALSO one of those third-tier strips.

  10. James: Heart also does a week or two of reruns occasionally. I don’t know if it’s because Tatulli goes on vacation or misses a deadline or what. It’s harder to tell if Lio is in reruns at the same time. Anyway, you can usually spot if Heart is a rerun by whether she’s wearing her tutu (rerun) or leggings (new).

  11. Some strips have been putting new copyright dates on reruns. Notably Gasoline Alley, which has been in (mostly) reruns since last year some time.

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