reruns in the comic pagesPosted: March 10, 2014
I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now, but things reached a tipping point last week.
Doonesbury is on hiatus. All right, that’s not news at all, but this time the word “indefinite” was tacked in front of the word “hiatus,” and the strip went back to the very beginning in 1970. Creator Gary Trudeau said, “I’ve done the strip for 43 years — 45 if you include the college edition [at Yale] — and I’m ready for an extended break.” The fact that this might truly be the end of the road is underscored by his comment “I can’t assume I’ll be welcomed back a year or two from now.”
The comics page is just not the same knowing that I may never again see a new weekday Doonesbury. (New strips continue on Sunday.)
But Doonesbury isn’t the only strip doing re-runs.
We all accept the fact that Peanuts has been reruns since Charles Schultz died in 2000. Unlike Dennis the Menace, the Schultz family ensured that the strip was never handed over to anyone else. But current strips are doing reruns as well. As of last week Candorville, Liō, and Get Fuzzy were all reruns. Get Fuzzy has had new strips on Sunday but reruns during the week for several months. Candorville does reruns intermittently, but Liō has only been around since 2006.
At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, the comics aren’t what they used to be.