When the comic strip first started, Ernie did stories all the time. It was the style of the day. After the early fifties, Ernie went to a mostly gag-a-day format, as that, too, became the style of the day. I enjoy both formats. I will continue to do both from time to time. The conventional wisdom of the last two decades was to not have too many story lines, as readers may not have bought the paper a particular day, and so won’t understand what’s going on.The internet affords our readers, both traditional newspaper and online, the ability to go back weeks and weeks and catch up with the storyline these days, so, as I enjoy the occasional story, you get both!
Guy Gilchrist and John Lotshaw