Today’s story in the cartooning world is the decision by the Guardian to drop the Doonesbury comic strip from its new look paper. Readers have been writing in all day to the Editor’s blog (which incidentally has a very interesting account of the introduction of the new paper) saying it should be saved, and it now seems that popular opinion may be about to change their minds.
From the latest post ‘Should Doonesbury be saved?‘:
G2 is very squeezed for space at the back of the book and it would be difficult to accommodate a second strip. But his mind is open about bringing the man back.
“We felt Doonesbury had a small, committed following but was not read by a large readership. If we’re wrong about the number of people who read and love it, we may have to think again,” he says.
I can’t say that it’s a strip I’ve followed very closely. I suspect in the cartoon world that might make me a bad person, I’m not quite sure.
The G2 editor has agreed that Doonesbury will return. See the 9.14pm comment on this post. I am impressed that such a swift decision was made on it I have to say.