Ninth Art Discusses Three Prominent Political Comic Strips
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 22, 2004 - 13:47
A good essay on the decline of comic strips and editorial comics in newspapers with a brief review of three comic strips that continue to provide an editorial point of view: Doonesbury, Boondocks and the conservative-minded Mallard Fillomore.
Although I still get the newspaper, I increasingly get ALL of my news from the web, including news from newspaper organizations. That's led to a decline in my reading of comics on actual printed newspapers. Other than portability I am not sure what advantage the newspaper print version has over the web - the web versions offer color (usually), instant access to archives, and extras if I'm interested. (Heck, even portability isn't much of an advantage if you think about the growing availability of laptop+wifi connections in homes and coffee shops).
Is it possible that newspapers have missed their opportunity to rethink and better exploit comic strips as a means to improve their readership, particularly with younger readers? Is there anything a newspaper can do with comic strips today that web-delivery cannot do?