2nd repeat from yesterday:
I did notice some changes during the Bender years. Everything suggests that they put less and less effort into the strip. The stories became longer but less involved. The characters’ dialogue shrank. The standard daily strip shrank from three to two panels per day. Jack added things like the so-called “creepy leaves” to fill background space. Characters more often spoke with their arms completely extended for no other reason than to “eat up” about 1/4 to 1/3 of a panel. The Sunday strip became just a cut-and-paste of the past week’s strips. Sequences were often dragged out ad infinitum. The Benders clearly are not up to the demands of producing an entertaining comic strip and should bow out as gracefully as possible.