Earlier this year, reasoning that saving a single sheet per copy per week would save several million sheets of newsprint over a twelve-month period, the Oklahoman cut the Sunday comic section from six pages to four, shrinking the strips to fit. The reaction was decidedly unfavorable, and this past weekend the six-page section was reinstated.
Then again, there’s “decidedly unfavorable,” and there’s this complaint to an Indiana daily:
An 8-year-old boy named Mac got on the phone Sunday and complained to Bloomington (IN) Herald-Times editor Bob Zaltsberg about some of his favorite comics no longer appearing in the paper.
“OK, I want back these comics now,” the boy demanded. His list included Peanuts, Dilbert, Nancy, Garfield, For Better or For Worse, Ziggy, and others.
“I’ll give you all my money” if the comics are returned to the paper, the boy said before ending his call by blasting the “idiots, jerks, [and] shitholes” at the paper.
This wasn’t a newsprint-volume issue, though; in this case, the paper actually lost those strips, and a few others, when they couldn’t negotiate a lower rate from the syndicator.