The latest thing for “daily” newspapers is to deliver only three or four days a week, leaving you to find a newsstand the other four or three days, or to say “Screw it” and go to their Web site. The second option apparently has little to recommend it:
No paper this morning, so I thought I would try their online version. Jumble is no problem, I’ve used it before, but the comics page sucks. They have a list of several dozen comics, but if you want to actually see the comic, you have to follow the link and the pages take forever to load. Even after the page loads you still aren’t there, you have to scroll down to see the funny, which generally isn’t. There are a whole bunch of comics listed that weren’t on the comics page, but this business of having to click, wait, and scroll to see each one is a pain.
Not having been afflicted with this particular problem myself the Oklahoman still throws seven days a week, and six out of seven actually land on my driveway I hadn’t looked at the local online comic offering, which is said to have “nearly 65 comics.” As it happens, NewsOK.com has no obvious link to said online comic offering, so I had to go back to the actual paper to find the link, which turns out to be under the A&E heading. The pull-down list runs from The Amazing Spider-Man to Zits, as who wouldn’t? (Oh, and 9 to 5, which sorts before Spidey for, I suppose, ASCII-related reasons.) I admit to not expecting Rhymes with Orange or Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog.
And there are links to strips that the syndicator presumably wouldn’t allow them to host locally, even though they’re in the print version (for instance, B.C.) or strips they wouldn’t carry if their lives depended on it (for instance, Doonesbury).