FAIRBANKS — I’d like you to say hello to some new friends this weekend.
Yes, we’ve invited some new faces onto our Sunday comics section. It’s something I mentioned several weeks ago as a great benefit of our decision to print our Sunday funnies pages here at the Daily News-Miner and discontinue the practice of having them printed Outside as part of a group and shipped up.
The decision to print them here gave us — and you — control of the comics lineup.
I asked for your suggestions about which comics to bring to the Sunday pages and which to drop, and I received many responses.
That’s why, beginning this Sunday, you’ll see “Tundra,” by Alaska cartoonist Chad Carpenter. Chad’s humor is something Alaskans can truly appreciate, and we’re delighted to add him to the Sunday section.
“Zits,” another popular strip in our daily paper, also has been added to the Sunday pages — again, by popular request. The same goes for the critters of “Get Fuzzy.”
We’ve added a few other strips, too, though readers may not be as familiar with them.
“Dustin,” a new strip that became available in January by political and editorial cartoonists Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker, is about a 23-year-old college grad who returns to live with his parents because he can’t find a job. He’s part of the “Boomerang Generation” and is described like this by the comic’s distributor: “At an age when many young men are setting out to begin their climb up the corporate ladder, Dustin Kudlick lives at home with his parents and younger sister. At 23, Dustin is unmarried, unemployed and unable to see any of that as a problem.”
I’m also pleased to introduce “Prickly City,” another strip you might not know much about. I get calls and e-mails — not lots of them, but I do get them regularly — about how “Doonesbury” is too liberal for this town and needs be dropped. Rather than discontinue what nevertheless is a popular strip, I went looking for something funny yet from the conservative side of things. That’s how I found “Prickly City.” The strip, by Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis, is about “Carmen, a feisty libertarian-conservative, and Winslow, an impulsive coyote with political aspirations.”
“Winslow can be patronizing and condescending,” says some supporting material about the comic strip, “and his liberal responses produce much of the strip’s humor. Carmen is continuously frustrated by Winslow’s assumption that she should be a liberal feminist.”
Making room for several new strips means, of course, that some of our longtime regulars have reached their end with us. Saying goodbye to some of them is tough, I know. Of course, I know that some of you will be happy to see some of them gone.
What that reminds me of once again, however, is that readers take their funny pages seriously. I’m a guy who’s smart enough to ask for help when it’s time to make a change on the comics pages.
I hope you enjoy our new Sunday lineup and look forward to hearing your comments — really.
You can contact me at email@example.com or 459-7585.
Rod Boyce is managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.