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Reply All launches, NY Daily News drops 12 comics
Yesterday was a pretty stacked day and I didn’t get a chance to post what I consider significant news.
Donna Lewis’ Reply All launched yesterday. It is running in the Washington Post replacing Watch Your Head. She was also invited to do a live chat with the Washington Post. Transcript is found here.
The New York Daily News dropped 1/3 of their comics (about 12 comics) in a reduction of their comic page. According to Comics Reporter the dropped comics include: Close to Home, Curtis, Dustin, F Minus, Marmaduke, Over the Hedge, Real Life Adventures, Rose is Rose, Sherman’s Lagoon, The Flying McCoys, and The Lockhorns.
I echo what Tom wrote on his blog, “Losing placement at a big circulation paper like the Daily News is a blow to any strip, and losing a page’s worth is a blow to any readership.”
The other changes all have one thing in common – papers are dropping Peanuts. The Cumberland Times-News (MD) cited that since United Media was no longer distributing it, it was a natural time to consider replacing it. Not sure of the other motives, but the timing may suggest a similar line of thinking.
The Laurel Leader-Call (MS) has dropped Peanuts (daily) and added Zits. They’ve also started to run a local feature entitled Nelson that replaces Cow and Boy.
The other paper dropping Peanuts is The Victoria Times Colonist (Canada). They picked up the Sunday and daily Tundra.
Like the Cumberland Times-News, The Ada Evening News (OK) has picked up Big Nate to replace Peanuts.
I’ve reported that Universal Uclick launched a sales campaign last week for Peanuts.
One last report that I just found. Paul Trap’s Thatababy has been picked up by The Gloucester Times (MA). It’s his hometown paper.