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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Brenda Starr exits cartoon land: another funereal toll for journalism?

By Melissa Bell
Brenda Starr
Brenda Starr (Michael Amsler/AP)

It's been a bad year for Ladies Who Are Line Drawn. Cathy, that polarizing figure of femininity, retired from the comic pages in October after 34 years of diet programs, squabbles with her man and mother, and shopping sprees.

Little Orphan Annie bid adieu to newsprint over the summer, after 86 years of blank-eyed pluckiness.

Now, the fearless cartoon world reporter Brenda Starr will be putting down her newspaper for good Jan. 2, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Should this be taken as a doomsday sign for prospective journalists? No, no. If anything, it can be taken as a metaphor that the industry is simply finding new mediums. Brenda Starr may be leaving the daily cartoon strips, but her fans will be able to find her in books. The first Brenda Starr collection is due in June from Hermes Press.

By Melissa Bell  | December 9, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
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