Zonker: @zonker what happens to comics if newspapers go away? Mike: What happens? Take a look! Zonker: fell how empty your life became? If only for a second? Mike: Stick with print, folks. This doesn't have to happen!
With you all the way, GT! I get 7-day delivery of NYT and Bergen Record. Gotta have them!
A cry from the comic syndications falling on the deaf ears of the newspaper publication’s financial considerations.
but, the internet is killing print media. this comic is online.
Okay, so is whatshername a lesbian or not?
Very often the newspaper version of the comic skips a panel that is vital to understanding or appreciating the whole story – the online version is always complete.
Truth in journalism… I subscribe to my papers online ( for which I pay a modest monthly fee ), thereby helping to keep the local newspaper going while saving trees. This is how newspapers will survive in the future. Front section dedicated to local news and editorials, with national and world news stories taken off the wire and relegated to the second section. Sports, Classified, Comics, and Special Sections will still be there. Advertisers are recognizing that they can still get the exposure online so it’s a win-win !
It seems Garry Trudeau is unfamiliar with the world of webcomics.
Get the NY Times and Daily News delivered everyday.
or single-spaced crypto-quips!
Tucci: So how come Murdoch’s NY Post is the biggest money looser in its market?
I quit taking the Denver Post when they dropped Doonesbury
What will I put on the bottom of our bird cage??
Hmm. Reading on mt iPad.
When I move to a new area, I don’t worry about the newspapers political bias; if it doesn’t carry the comics I want it’s out.
I get the Sunday only local paper even though it went up to $22.75 for 13 weeks. They put out a free online paper M-F that has most of the same stories as the Sunday paper type paper.
But I can read this online without getting newsprint all over my fingertips.
Newspapers? Huh? What are they?
For traditionalists who abandoned the urban print page long ago when it became for the Democrat Party what Joseph Goebbels was for the guy with the funny little mustache, its sort of amusing. The very crowd they craft their product for use their opposable thumbs for texting and surfing behind the wheel or over a katte in Starbucks instead of thumbing through ink stained pages. LOL
Because newspapers are trying to stay afloat the worst ones hire cheap and the results are like a high school annual. Lazy photos of groups, poorly written stories leaving more questions than answers. Being a journalist is a great job, but don’t expect to make any money at it.
Hate to break it to you, Mr. Trudeau, but print is going the way of horse-drawn buggies, black powder guns, vinyl records, photographic film, audio cassettes and wringer washers – things we used to use, and now are only used by hobbyists, aficionados and re-enactors.
That’s why I read my newspaper on my laptop — I love Ctrl plus +
Maybe instead of a strip you should write an app that DISPLAYS a strip (and not for free either).
I’m with you GT! You are preaching to the choir!
What would happen to comics? They’d adapt. In fact they already have — look at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, or The Book of Biff, or Diesel Sweeties, or xkcd, or a hundred other webcomics that are rolling along without any need for pulping trees. Your old road is rapidly aging, Trudeau – please get out of the new one If you can’t lend your hand …
I’ve not seen a comic in a newspaper for years. Please note, I’m seeing this on my computer now.
Absolutely even if I’m reading this online!
Newspapers don’t stain fingers any longer – haven’t for years. At least the ones I’ve read, from Florida papers to Portland, OR, to the Milwaukee one, don’t. Print papers enable one to see a panoply of topics rather than just the narrow ones many of us are interested in. To me, that’s a big plus. Signed, A Luddite
This comic isn’t in any of my local papers. The only way I can read it is online.
Same here – my paper dumped Doonesbury ages ago.
Or do you think maybe they’re being… ironic?
Our country needs more bookstores and less guns.>>Omnius, this one of the few times we have been in complete agreement. The weight of a book ine hand lends weight to the words and story within. Physical mass begets metaphysical mass.
To everyone who reads their news online and does not subscribe to newspapers:.Newspapers deliver the local news, but almost no world news. When reading news on the internet, you receive no local news, local happenings, local elections. On election day you do not know what the issues are, what the local candidates stand for. As for my local paper, as well as almost all newspapers not called USA Today or NY Times, we do not know what is happening in the world; that is what I read online..I love to read the comics in my newspaper, I come to GoComics to read all the comments!
I’d like to say “NEVER” … but I hope it’s close: print on !!!
I read the strip in the daily newspaper, but when I write witty comments at the bottom of the page in ballpoint pen, nobody can see them. That’s why I come here.
Can’t remember the last time I read Doonesbury in a paper newspaper. I pay to read it here. Doonesbury should be making money from that.
By the way, I’ve never experienced the problem of a newspaper editing out essential panels from a strip. Many Sunday strips are designed with an introductory gag in the first panels, which local editors can choose to include or not include when laying out their Sunday pages. Again, that is by design, and it’s been going on for years and years and years and years and years.
@capndunzzl As a retired Teacher, it is the Democrats that control and dumb down the students. Republicans and others seem to be able to and encourage reading and other basic skills. Democrats seem to favor a less educated clientele.
David Letterman did this same joke in a promo many years ago, just substitute TV for newspapers.
Trudeau’s right. For that split second I had no idea how to function without Doonesbury.
He says as I read this online. . . .
I “read” your strip today online. My local papers do not carry you.
Stick with print? Why? I’ve been reading the comics on line for years now. Get with the program!
I have to have my hard copy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
I don’t see the point of a print paper, either. And if they go away, so what? Web comics have been around for a while now and people make a living from them, too. At least the good ones. A select few do REALLY well. So what will I do? I’ll read one or two fewer than I normally do. But for those that can adapt and overcome, I’ll still be reading theirs. Everyone’s gotta see the writing on the wall at this point.
I’ve never seen an important panel left out of a comic. Some papers have moved Doonesbury to the editorial page or run old strips when there’s a controversial story arc.My hometown is a blue dot in a red state. The newspaper’s owner/editor is definitely Republican, but not all the staff and I think they have a fair balance of columnists.
My son doesn’t take the print paper and reads what he’s interested in online. I’m more likely to read all the headlines and occasionally am able to inform him of something he missed online.I might be able to get along without the newspaper. I have a Kindle, but still prefer to have a book in hand.
Should I feel guilty for reading this online? :-)
i used to have the paper delivered, but delivery was sketchy at best. some days late, some days not at all. now, i can read the news and comics first thing in the morning on my ipad. less expensive and more dependable.
It’s interesting to see a far-left cartoonist like Gary Trudeau show his capitalist side. I wonder if he’s figured out that the socialism he’s been promoting all of these years doesn’t work? It only impoverishes people and takes away their freedom.
Trudeau, you silly; there are many people who only read their comics online, such as myself, and don’t rely upon newspapers at all. For me, I’d get the weekend edition in print only for the coupons and so that my cat has something fresh to lie on!.@MayKitten: next time you’re on the Space Coast of Florida, pick up the local version of USA Today, called Florida Today. The same publisher produces both newspapers and has a printing plant between Melbourne & Rockledge out on route US1. They stick the comics in the Local version…. ; )
How sad and true. I have been saying that technology is going to be the down fall of our lives. We need to teach our children to read newspapers and how to look up info in the library. When tech fails what will they know how to do? I love the comics and taught my kids how to read the newspaper by having them read the comics firsts. Now they have taught their children how to read it also. Keep Print alive.
Guys…um, I am reading this ONLINE…and the reproduction is FAR better than what our local paper does to your strip. Hate to break it to you, but you are better digitally than inked.
If only that was a void that the GOP, NRA and other embarrassing cadres would fall into…
Sharuniboy – Did you notice that Vincent Carroll (sp?) took a giant step rightward when he switched papers, or at least his columns did? I miss Ed Quillen.
What!? He missed a day? And I had so much admired his consistency and reliability.
I miss the entire Rocky Mountain News. Yes, Carroll has surprised me some lately, too; in fact, I don’t find myself reading his columns very often any more. I found gocomics when the Post dropped Frazz, which was a stunner. I can’t even remember when/where Doonesbury was last published in Denver.
and my wife loves the coupons!
I dropped my newspaper when they cancelled my favorite comics. I warned them twice that if they got rid of “Cathy,” I would get rid of them. Now that comics are on line, I think I won the battle.
I read the New York Times print edition every morning. No comics!
My wife may buy the local rag once in a quarter, for the Sunday edition. Me, I don’t bother to read it when online is so much better. I do comment on their poly-sci tooner, but online, I won’t pay for his poor leftest view point. Nice enough guy, just can’t stand him repeating the NYT view. Short of the comics, there is little orginal thinking these days on the left. Come to think of it, it looks like the right leadership is joining them in mind death.
Newspapers should all have had online paywalls from day one. Don’t give away free what it costs you to produce—then the customer won’t value it either. I actually asked one paper to bill me for reading them online and they ignored me. Okay, then how about a Donate Now button in the corner? Good journalism is necessary for our democracy, I want to support it!
I’ve cut the local paper back to two days a week because of poor service, wet papers, etc. , to to mention bad grammar and poor writing. To bad, I miss getting a good paper.