I’ve asked this question to some of my newspaper friends and to my kid’s friends. It’s a question that has ominous undertones, at least for me.
Is anyone under the age of 30 reading the comics in the newspaper?
I can’t find em’ if they are. Comics have been a part of my life since I was ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ as my granny used to say. I was read ‘child-appropriate’ comics (certainly not Apartment 3-G!) before I could read. I grew up with Blondie, BC (back when it was funny and before it turned into a sermonette), Beetle Bailey, Mary Worth, and Mark Trail (and many many others). I applauded the edge of Doonesbury (not so edgy anymore, but it still has its moments) and would have given a standing ovation for the greatly missed ‘Calvin and Hobbes’.
I’ve followed the folks in ‘For Better and For Worst*’ for years and still laugh out loud at ‘Get Fuzzy’ (the best of the new breed, imo). I wondered why anyone thought ‘Mallard Fillmore’ was funny, but I appreciate the new ‘conservative’ strip ‘Prickly City’ (the ‘church of the undeniable paradigm’ is more than clever).
For years, I tried to pry the true meaning of Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, and then I realized it really was that stupid. But, I still read the ‘funnies’ every day, and I guess my question is, am I showing my age, betting on the ‘dodo’ to make a comeback, setting myself up for a sans comic fall, or just enjoying the embers of a dying art?