Sunday, January 21, 2007

Pink Panther



It looks like four silent penultimate panels for this championship Sunday:

Foxtrot by Bill Amend
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Piranha Club by Bud Grace
Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson (four in a row!)

Darby Conley shows how to stretch a one panel gag across four:


For unknown reasons, the L.A. Times dropped the Sunday Heathcliff. No real loss there (one can only stand so many reader-submitted clever cat stories,) but the chosen replacement is very puzzling:


Pink Panther? A comic strip based on a forty-year old cartoon based on a movie's opening credits? Is there any one who would be interested in this? The reason's for this strip's existence can't be based in nostalgia. The only thing the Pink Panther reminds me of is insulation commercials. There is one possible explanation for its appearance in the L.A. Times--it is syndicated by Tribune Media, the mega-company that owns the Times. This is probably just another cost-cutting measure designed to homogenize together the worst aspects of the Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun into one third-class budget newspaper. But, really, could the fees for Heathcliff really have been that high? Puzzling, very puzzling.

4 Comments:

Blogger Charles Brubaker said...

Today's (1/22) "The Buckets" have an SPP

http://www.comics.com/comics/buckets/archive/buckets-20070122.html

11:29 PM  
Anonymous GloriousKyle said...

Must be some rare celestial alignment, because Zippy the Pinhead got away with a SPP on Sunday too- a hauntingly beautiful SPP that can put all the typical blank-stare SPPs to shame.

http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=21-Jan-07&Category_Code=sun2007&Product_Count=4

9:05 AM  
Blogger Don said...

In a desperate plea for my eyeballs, might I point you at http://whatswrongwithmallardfillmore.blogspot.com

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the contrary,I'm am somewhat of a cartoon buff myself. I love the new Pink Panther comic strip and feel it is an excellent addition to the comcis.
They are the same artists that draw
the business cartoon Bottomliners and their art also appears in the New Yorker. I think it's so cool they're drawing the Pink Panther.

12:14 PM  

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