The Morning Line: Newsprint? (Sigh.) We Remember Newsprint
Ah, looky here in today's "Mark Trail" -- that conniving feller in the third panel is luxuriating over an old-fashioned newsprint-type newspaper. Tarnation, what will this retro strip think of next?
And right nearby, there's "Amazing Spider-Man," once again depicting life at an actual print-newspaper newsroom, the Daily Bugle. It's enough to warm our little ink-stained hearts.
Wait a minute, maybe we're ON to something here. This -- this! -- is how we'll lure more readers back to paying for a newspaper they can hold and fold. Yes, if we can get all syndicated comic-strippers on board, we can create: Operation Newsprint: Higher Circulation Through Subliminal Suggestion.
Indeed, online readers will see these strips and for many, that warm tickle of nostalgia will run through their fingers as they remember the cozy sensation of picking up a hard paper. (We're reminded of James Earl Jones's Americana-fuzzy "baseball" speech in "Field of Dreams.") Maybe we've been going about it all wrong -- running so many strips that feature computers and mobile devices, practically becoming an accomplice in turning off readers to our print side.
Can this wacky plan work, if all newspaper cartoonists are in cahoots? Why, it's worth giving it the ol' junior-college try, ain't it? And if it works, we can follow the lead of today's "Sherman's Lagoon" and -- by the same "logic" -- get everybody hooked on ol'-time radio, too.
So full speed ahead, folks. You can do this, cartoonists -- the future of print is literally in your hands. Good drawing, and Godspeed!
Wait, what? We're told that to make this work, we'd have to give up both blog AND our iPod?
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For our money, the best lone panel in today's strips is the first panel in "Pooch Cafe." It's a beautiful, self-contained joke in and of itself; the next three panels are just gravy: The visual to complement the opening panel's verbal. Well-played, Mr. Gilligan. Well-played.
| November 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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