This Just In: The Post's Replacement for 'Opus' Is...
Hot off the cartoon wire comes this news: The loss of Opus is Keith Knight's gain.
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.
| October 28, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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