Monday, October 16, 2006


In Good Humor will be a running commentary on the comics pages in The Gazette.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Ted Spaid said...

Really glad to see "Tundra" added. I first read the strip in Anchorage in 2002, and have followed it online since then. His humor is similar to Gary Larsen's "Far Side"...one of the all-time great comics.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Charles Carr said...

I was sad to learn that "FoxTrot" will only be a Sunday comic. I still remember the "trauma" when "The Far Side" and "Calvin and Hobbes" were no more. However, I will not miss "Red & Rover."
Charles Carr

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tundra" looks ok so far. But instead of temporarilly sidelining "Brevity", how about getting rid of the loathsome "Lio"? That is one awful and unfunny strip!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Dena Rosenberry said...

In our last comics survey - about two years ago, I think - the most common comments were:
Bring back Calvin and Hobbes! and
Bring back The Far Side!

I loved both strips, so I can relate. I hope Tundra will appeal to Far Side loyalists. Frazz is the closest thing I've found to Calvin and Hobbes.

I was bummed to see FoxTrot go Sundays only, too. I so often "saw" myself, or family in friends in that strip.

About Lio? In my discussions with readers since we started Lio (6 months ago? -- I'm on vacation, so I don't have files at hand) I've found it appeals to people who don't read much on our 1.5 pages of comics. I like that.

And "funny" is subjective. I don't find Family Circus or Rose Is Rose funny, but lots of people love them.

Should "funny" be a criteria for our pages?

9:06 PM  
Blogger Chad the TUNDRA Cartoonist said...

Chad the TUNDRA cartoonist here -

I'm thrilled to be in the Colorado Springs Gazette! If anyone has any questions or comments they would like to share with me, please feel free to let me know.

I've been taking a rather unique approach at getting into papers around the United States & Canada. Instead of going with one of the big syndicates, I've decided to try to make it by self-syndicating. In this case "self-syndicating" means me and a great salesman(and friend)personally travel North America and meet with as many newspaper editors as possible. Our wives call themselves "Tundra widows". In the last 9 months we've picked up more than 70 newspapers ranging from the Winnipeg Free Press to the Los Angeles Times - and, if the good folks of Colorado Springs are willing, the Colorado Springs Gazette!

Thank you for your kind support, I promise to do my best to make you laugh so hard you blow milk out your nose... or whatever else you happen to be drinking at the time.

With warm wishes,

Chad
tundra@arctic.net
www.tundracomics.com

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please don't get rid of Brevity! As far as I'm concerned, comics are supposed to be funny, and Brevity is one of the few funny strips in the Gazette, along with Pearls Before Swine. I'd much rather see Funky Winkerbean, Lio, or Mutts scratched than Brevity.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dena,
Family Circus is just old, and Rose is Rose is barely funny.
I think "funny" should be a criteria...the used to be called the "funny pages" after all. But, not every comic will appeal to everyone.
Whatever you do, don't get rid of Frazz!
-Bob

10:00 PM  
Blogger Steelerblogger said...

Dena,

I agree that funny is subjective. Although I wouldn't say that Rose is Rose and Family Circus are extremely funny, but they are staples and I have been reading them for a very long time. Lio is awesome. I just love him. As for Brevity. There is about one a week that I find funny the others I just don't get. Sorry to see Foxtrot go I love that one, oh and huge fan of Funky Winkerbean. I say its a keeper.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Josh McKenzie said...

I love Tundra. I met Chad at a weekend market in Alaska a few years ago. His strip is awesome. I have every Tundra book. Great choice.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Dena Rosenberry said...

I've heard from a half-dozen folks who've met Chad (Tundra creator) on visits to Alaska, which is cool. Not every artist takes time to do that. Great that he stopped by here to chat, too.

I've had a couple of calls from readers who are unhappy I dropped Red & Rover because it's sweet.

I kinda figure we have sweet covered with Family Circus, Rose is Rose and Mutts.

We have lots of family strips (though I was SO happy to see FoxTrot on Sunday).

We have a few "snarky" strips.

We have a few story strips.

We have Lio, which though not to everyone's taste, is one of the most creative strips I've seen in years.

What's missing? What do we have too much of?

8:51 PM  
Anonymous karen said...

Please do not stop For Better or Worse. We must see this through the end. It is a wonderful strip that touches on the funny and sad in life and does it in a very realistic way.

I am truly surprised at the reponse for Tundra. I have no strong feelings regarding this strip.

What ever you do, do not under any circumstances get rid of Frazz. What a truly wonderful strip.

My personal favorites are Funky Winkerbean, For Better or Worse, Frazz and Pearls Before Swine. Of course bring back Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side.

12:43 PM  

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