According to a recent Newsweek article, newspapers are trying to put the squeeze on the funny pages once again. Due to media company consolidation, the companies that publish the newspapers now have enough clout to place demands on the cartoon syndicates, or force them to suffer over $100,000.00 in losses resulting from cancelled business.
The comics pages are becoming smaller (something Berke Breathed railed against in his immortal Bloom County way back in the eighties), and cartoonists will be getting paid less per strip. This is not an environment for economic or artistic growth in this market. Maybe we’ll start to see even more strips being published on the Internet soon.