I’m afraid I had to drop a number of strips this year — they were no longer, as Marie Kondo would say, sparking joy — but I did add one: Pajama Diaries .
Technically I did add a few others, but they didn’t last the year.
So the traditional December 31 question: What strips did you add this year?
Feel free to include as many links as necessary.
(Everybody’s 2018 lists; earlier lists, of course, were destroyed during Comicgeddon)
We did this a few years ago — probably longer ago than I think — so I thought it was time to have another go:
To take part, send me an e-mail at (not in the Comments section below, please) with Secret Santa in the subject line. I’ll send you the names of three comic strip characters; you choose one of them (or more than one if you feel inspired), then pick the perfect gift for him/her/it.
It’s not mandatory, but if you let me know which one(s) you choose, I can put the others back into play; but please don’t send me your responses: December 16, I’ll put up a post asking for them.
(I’ve already been given my own assignment)
If you’re not familiar with any of the names I give you, you may exchange them for a new set.
Edited to add: In case anybody’s wondering –which is, granted, unlikely — I’m working with a long list of character names, and a Randomizer gives me three names for each person.
And a reminder: if you can, please return whichever names you’re not using — or else eventually I’ll be assigning somebody “That Girl in Pardon My Planet Who Wears the Tiara.”
(Though actually… that really isn’t a terrible idea)
Oh, and all you thousands of new visitors from American Samoa are welcome to participate!
Back in the day, Sunday strips seemed like the highlight of the week, and everybody brought their A-Game. Lately, it seems as if a lot of artists kind of phone in the Sunday gag.
Now, I’m not saying the overall quality of the strips have gone down, just that Sunday has been non-prioritized (along with Saturday, which has always been a dead zone).
And I’m thinking this might be because people are no longer reading Sunday comics in all their large, all-color glory: now almost all comics are in color seven days a week, and online comic readers might actually be less likely to read a Sunday comic than a weekday comic.
I wouldn’t submit this as hard evidence, of course, but I do know that Sunday traffic on CIDU is generally about half of Monday’s.
I don’t know… any thoughts?
Alternately, have you ever dressed up as a comic strip character?
What percentage of comic strip reading is done online as opposed to in physical newspapers?
Because I’m thinking we might have reached the point where cartoonists should no longer be drawing comics that aren’t readable on computer screens (let alone phones or tablets): either because the text is just too small, or because the panel needs to be rotated 90 degrees to be read.
Is That is Priceless in newspapers at all? Maybe the three-week thing only applies to print comics, even if you’re working through GoComics or another syndicate?
By all logic, I think, in 2019 comic strip artists should have the option of being as timely as editorial cartoonists: it’s not as if they have to put the physical drawing in an envelope and mail it in.
When I was this kid’s age, shortly after I came home from school (after walking barefoot in the snow, uphill both ways, even in the summer), the afternoon paper showed up containing about a dozen comics. All second- or third-tier comics, because I lived just outside of New York City and the City papers between them had exclusive regional rights to everything worth reading. Our top strip was, I think, Tiger. Once a week, in the Sunday News, I’d get to see comics the rest of the world had heard of.
Peanuts? B.C.? A few times a year when I went into the City with my father and we picked up the New York Post. And during the summer, when we stayed in an area where an out-of-town edition of the Post was delivered.
So even if the newspapers from his grandfather’s childhood contained more comics strips than they do now — which might or might not be the case (and assuming the kid actually reads newspapers) — this is the Golden Age for “number of comic strips”: 8-year-old me literally had no access to Dick Tracy during the week, while he can choose among hundreds if not thousands of comic strips on a daily basis.
EDITED TO ADD: Come to think of it, “And before we knew it, that was all” needs the CIDU tag.
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This is the text of a speech Calvin’s real-life dad gave back in 1989.
Yes, almost 30 years ago. Before CIDU even existed. More importantly, before anybody was thinking in terms of the Internet becoming a delivery system for comic strips.
Feel free to add your own thoughts, of course…