Call it negative feedback

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.


  1. backwoods conservative »

    3 March 2015 · 8:30 am

    I recently gave some negative feedback. A company I bought something from through Amazon sent me an email asking for a good review. I told them my policy is to not give reviews to people who come to me asking for one.

  2. fillyjonk »

    3 March 2015 · 9:11 am

    Someone needs to publish a comics-only newspaper.

    I’d subscribe.

  3. CGHill »

    3 March 2015 · 9:43 am

    This may be as close as you get:

    Monthly tabloid. Leans left. Carries a few columnists, but mostly it’s cartoons.

  4. fillyjonk »

    3 March 2015 · 9:55 am

    If I’m only getting it every month, I might as well just keep ordering the Pony comics. (I was thinking about something like a daily paper, with gloriously nothing but comic strips in it.)

  5. Chuck Pergiel »

    3 March 2015 · 10:19 am

    ‘Lost the strips’? Well, yea, verily, if you don’t want to pay for it, you can’t have it. Just this morning I lost a Ferrari and two Lear Jets.

  6. Brett »

    3 March 2015 · 1:39 pm

    I much dislike the shrinkage of comics pages and lament that a couple of my faves don’t show up locally. But the kid totally lost my sympathy with the “idiots, jerks and shitholes” comment. He needs to read a lot more than the comics if he wants attention paid to his desires.

  7. fillyjonk »

    3 March 2015 · 3:38 pm

    Yeah, I agree. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. And someone using profanity in a request of me will find themselves hung up on.

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