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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 10/28/2008

This Just In: The Post's Replacement for 'Opus' Is...

By Michael Cavna

Hot off the cartoon wire comes this news: The loss of Opus is Keith Knight's gain.


Keith Knight's edgy strip comes to The Post's pages. (UFS) Enlarge Comic

Knight's self-titled comic "The Knight Life" will replace the retiring "Opus" in The Washington Post on Sundays. "Knight Life" reportedly tested pretty well when readers were offered the strip during this year's "Doonesbury" hiatus, and also scored well among members of the Post's comics committee.

Comic Riffs solicited suggestions this month, asking readers what should replace "Opus," and "The Knight Life" was among the dozen most-cited strips. More than 600 readers voted in Comic Riffs's nonbinding poll last week; nearly one-third voted for "Calvin and Hobbes (Classics)."

United Feature Syndicate describes "Knight Life" as a "hilariously twisted view" that "deftly blends political insight and neurotic humor," and calls Knight a "community-oriented urban hipster."

Knight, a California-based artist who has won cartooning's Glyph Award and Harvey Award, also creates "The K Chronicles." I first met Knight several weeks ago and he expressed some frustration that "Knight Life" was not picked up after the initial test to gauge response among The Post's print readers.

Enough readers liked it, however, that Knight can now feel some measure of redemption.

For more samples, you can check out the strip HERE.

Do you have reactions to "The Knight Life"? Post 'em if you've got 'em.

UPDATE: For now, at least, "Knight Life" will appear Sunday only, according to The Post's comics editor.

THE RIFFS: What We're Reading...

Tne New Yorker magazine's new Cartoon Issue is hitting the stands. Among the features worth checking out is the "Trying Times" collection (quite enjoyed the cartoons by Gregory, Kanin, Katz and Mankoff)...the Cartoon IQ Test...and the Crumb family reunion.


By Michael Cavna  | October 28, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

So will it be Sundays only, or will room be made for the daily strip?

Posted by: yellojkt | October 28, 2008 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Excellent choice. Goes well with flesh OR fowl. I even like his "life's little victories".

On another current comic note, I think Davis' "dream sequence" was created just to annoy the "Garfield minus Garfield" site. What do you do, remove a head? Have another float?

Posted by: f-squared | October 28, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I've been following Knight's work for a number of years, and like it a lot. Congratulations to him and to the Post. Good choice!

Posted by: AndrewfromNH | October 28, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Since this seems to be the morning line today, allow me to change the subject, a la, stupid comics coloring.
Piranha Club today was pretty funny, following the line of the weasel purchase. They're going home and go through a chicken farm and suddenly are covered in green leaves? No, they're chicken feathers, but someone colored them green, ruining the joke.
Sigh.

Posted by: tws1372 | October 28, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

A terrific choice. Knight's work is lively fresh & funnier 'n hell.

Posted by: rhompson | October 28, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic choice. Would love to see the strip in the daily paper too.

Posted by: stickler | October 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I like Knight Life, but not nearly as much as Tom the Dancing Bug and/or Pooch Cafe.

Posted by: horacio2 | October 28, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

This is a great choice.

Now you need to get a couple of those legacy strips out of there so we have room for other excellent strips by younger, fresher cartoonists-- might I suggest Cow and Boy, Bob the Squirrel, or Working Daze?

Also, this "register with washingtonpost.com to be able to post" thing is for the birds. It's going to drop the number of newer readers who're willing to post and get in on the discussion. Just my two cents.

Posted by: retius | October 28, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I've only seen what you're offering right here, bit it seems lame and juvenile. None of the sophistication of Candorville, or the creativity of Pooch Cafe. Hope it has something more to offer with time ...

Posted by: pltrgyst | October 28, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this signing in is for the birds.

Keith Knight is great. Dailies too!

Posted by: Mrhode | October 28, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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