Would You Miss Your Sunday Funnies If They Went Away?
In a decision that's unfortunately all too frequent, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has announced that it will trim its Sunday comics section from eight pages to "six full-color pages."
According to its Web site, the newspaper says the move -- which involves eliminating three comics -- will allow it "to simplify our press runs and and produce the newspaper more efficiently." (Thanks to the Daily Cartoonist for alerting us to this news.)
This, of course, is just the latest reduction of comics by an American newspaper, but it presents an opportune time to discuss the larger issue. As comics are available online -- often for free -- editors and readers alike must ask themselves: What is the life expectancy of that century-old staple that is the Sunday color comics section?
Ever since the Yellow Kid slummed it decades before the Great Depression (giving birth to the term "yellow journalism") -- and since a slumbering Little Nemo began toppling out of bed -- color newspaper comics have been a vital diversion for millions of adult readers, and a prime entree into papers for generations of young readers.
Now, even among the comics faithful, some have converted entirely to online. So today, though, it's time to ask the all-important question of fans who need their comics:
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