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Breaking news: Hi & Lois acknowledges webcomics

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Apparently the standard bearers of Hi & Lois created a bit of a furor when it posted a strip criticizing webcomics. Weighing in are Josh Fruhlinger of Comics Curmudgeon, Xaviar Xerexes of ComixTalk, and Gary Tyrrell of Fleen.

Personally, I can’t muster up any emotion, negative or otherwise, over friggin’ Hi & Lois, but there you go.

Incidentally, the webcomic artist in the strip looks suspiciously like Seanbaby. Who really should be adding more commentary from Luke Cage, Mr. Fish, and Dr. Doom to his rad Hostess Fruit Pie collection.

UPDATE: Also, here’s an interview with Bloom County’s Berkeley Breathed (h/t The Beat). It’s tangentially related to the stuff above.

Bloom County was extraordinarily popular in the 1980s, a decade where along with Calvin & Hobbes, Doonesbury, and The Farside, it created a kind of renaissance for the funny pages. How different is the situation with newspaper strips today? Did the changes in the size of panels play a role in your recent decision to abandon newspaper strips? Will newspaper comics (and newspapers) survive? Have you ever thought about doing an online comic strip?

This is a sad topic but I’m going to be blunt. Newspapers have about five years left. Young readers of the newspaper comics simply don’t exist anymore in numbers that count. Those eyeballs are elsewhere and will not come back. Online comics are terrific. But they will never have 1% of the readership any major comic had 20 years ago, by the nature of the technology. They’re different beasts now. No, after having 70 million daily readers in 1985, getting 3000 a day online isn’t terribly energizing at this stage. I’m happy to go to the storytelling potential of film and books now. My heart was always there anyway, to be honest.

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