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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 

The withering of newspaper strips

The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke about the gradually vanishing newspaper strips, which have been declining in readership - but also in quality - for over 15 years now, starting with Edge City. However, this article gives an idea why even that comic strip lost impact:
They broached topics not found elsewhere in the comics, hosting a bar mitzvah and a seder, introducing a same-sex romance, and weaving in a Holocaust story inspired by Patty's work with survivors.

"For a while," she said, "we were like, How far can you push the comics?"
If the gay affair was presented positively, I'm afraid it was much too far. They just had to spoil everything by making that nonsense equivalent to the other topics. Besides, I'm sure Doonesbury already dealt with LGBT subjects, so that wouldn't be new.

When all these PC issues are mixed in, they shouldn't be surprised that newspaper strips end up losing audiences today.

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