Heart of the City by Steenz for April 29, 2020


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    TheDOCTOR  10 months ago

    I wonder if that’s Kat.

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    codycab  10 months ago

    Still trying to get used to this…

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    retsgt92801  10 months ago

    Sorry, don’t like this new thing.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member 10 months ago

    History, as they say, is made by those who show up.

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    fox_anqucn  10 months ago

    Can someone please get the old Heart and Dean back. It what’s up with the long hair? Dean looks like a girl. If that is Dean. I’m still not sure.

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    W_Inc-ThePPP  10 months ago

    Come for the content; stay for the comments.

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    kingdiamond69  10 months ago

    Not liking the new look of my Heart in the city why the change ?

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    Barb Dosco  10 months ago

    I agree the old look was much better!!!

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    fudominic355  10 months ago

    I’m starting to get used to this art style, like having your favourite brand of cereal change it’s flavour slightly, and you start to enjoy it after eating it enough times.

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    pschearer Premium Member 10 months ago

    All the whimsy is gone. Also, so are over two hundred followers since Monday.

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    stellanova87  10 months ago

    I’ve never been in a drama club, but I have been in a school musical. They had sign up sheets outside the music room for a couple weeks, and then we had to audition. Acceptance was not guaranteed just because you signed up.

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    jmworacle  10 months ago


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    Katsuro Premium Member 10 months ago

    Imma be honest: I like the new artist.

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    oldwolf1951  10 months ago

    Kind of like the new artwork but kind of busy on the panels. Filling them so that it is harder to distinguish the characters. But then again that seems to be Steenz’s style.

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    bohmerjohn3  10 months ago

    I just googled this . New artist just took over the strip . This is horrible ! Bye Heart . Good luck ! (you’re going to need it)

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    Derek Kranefeld  10 months ago

    This may have been said already, but I haven’t read all the comments. It looks like Archie, the later years. Very same style and look. Not liking the new look, will be removing this from my lineup.

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    Katsuro Premium Member 10 months ago

    You know, while I like the new artist, I too have sometimes decided to stop reading a comic strip I no longer cared for. BUt I didn’t make a fuss about it in the comments. I simply stopped reading. Basic courtesy.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member 10 months ago

    The comments on the strip two days ago are hilarious in retrospect.

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    P51Strega  10 months ago

    Actually, today’s strip reads like the same old Heart of the City. It feels like a normal Heart story line. I still need to connect the art with the personalities.

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    ckingsley123  10 months ago

    From wiki – I also find the new art awful. Heart of the City is a comic strip by Mark Tatulli. It began syndication by Universal Press Syndicate on November 23, 1998, and is still running. Since April 27, 2020, Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart has taken over the comic, making her one of the few female African-American cartoonist on the mainstream funny pages.

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    nathan.owengoing  10 months ago

    This style is too much like my daughter’s “babysitter club” graphic novels

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    prabbit237  10 months ago

    Well, for me, this strip is now dead. It was fun while it lasted. I guess it’s time to go back to the beginning and catch up.

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    Michael Helwig  10 months ago

    It’s day 3 people. If you don’t like it, it’s time to leave.

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    genghis.shaman  10 months ago

    Apparently I’m even more upset about the new art than I thought because I actually dreamed about it last night.

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    mspgt1969  10 months ago

    First I hoped it was temp or a dream. Now knowing this a permanent change I realize it is a nightmare. This new look is horrible – this is not heart of the city in anyway shape or form. Since the new artist is drawing a new comic they should have new characters. RIP Heart, you will be missed. Hoping now that gocomics will add a classic Heart of the city or what I would name the Real Heart of the city page. If they do somebody please let me know for I am out of here.

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    peebaweebanobby Premium Member 10 months ago

    How much longer is this going on? Don’t think I can take much more. It’s not even readable

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    Mr. JRB  10 months ago

    Who ARE these people? This is a completely new comic, with some same names. We want our old Heart back

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    John LaCasella Premium Member 10 months ago

    Attack of the Manga Artists! Coming to a comic strip near you!

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    ndulleck  10 months ago

    Saw new format. Skipped over it without reading. Total boycott coming soon if old format does not reappear!

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    Lensmaker Premium Member 10 months ago

    Starting to enjoy the shift, keep up the good work Steenz

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    tunker  10 months ago

    I haven’t seen this artist’s work since Speed Racer and Kimba the white lion went off the air

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    Mathew Walls Premium Member 10 months ago

    It is literally impossible to tell these characters apart.

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    Kathy  10 months ago

    I miss the old Heart and her attitude; she was adorable!

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    conniepo  10 months ago

    Perhaps if we can see this in color, maybe that would help. The way they are drawn now, everyone looks that same.

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    Ivy Valory Premium Member 10 months ago

    Why the Cancel Culture, folks? It’s just comix. Heart and Dean are still at the center.

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    stefaninafla  10 months ago

    The art change is jarring, but so far the personalities are on point. But yeah, I’m having trouble adjusting to the characters’ looks. I may be trying to guess who’s who for a while.

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    Wiley creator 10 months ago

    Perhaps everyone should give it more than TWO DAYS before passing judgment. A daily comic strip is an ultra-marathon, not a sprint. Try keeping an open mind and approach it as a new feature. Mark Tatulli could have simply ended Heart of the City but chose instead to hand it over to new young cartoonist to carry it on in her own style. Give her a chance.

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    Kenneth Books Premium Member 10 months ago

    I loath the new look. The cartoonist has wrested the “heart” from the strip. Horrible. So much for what was one of my favorite strips.

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    The Legend of Brandon Sawyer Premium Member 10 months ago

    it just need some color. It makes it much better. Hey GoComics get this in color! I liked Mark’s style but i also like Steenz’s style as well. HEY STEENZ, KEEP GOING YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT! Mark trusted you with with Heart and that’s good enough for me.

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    The Legend of Brandon Sawyer Premium Member 10 months ago

    Keep Going Steenz!

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    Elisabunny  10 months ago

    It’s the hair that really irritates me. Heart and and Dean clearly have straight hair in the original comic, not this poofiness.

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    chief tommy  10 months ago

    Comics are supposed to be funny or at least whimsical and a continuing story that could be compelling — not seeing this

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    trainnut1956  10 months ago

    Well, it is too soon for a verdict. The CalArts style is acceptable, but the characters look too similar – can’t tell them apart, and also a bit too different than Mark’s version. I’ll give it a few weeks to grow on me before I scrape it off.

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    1JennyJenkins  10 months ago

    “Prime real estate in the the year book”…I like that take on it, and alas, it is so true…sports and drama club were the main movers and shakers even in my day…

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    ansilatoms Premium Member 10 months ago

    Well, this is a real shame. Another loss during the time of lockdown. It wouldn’t matter if this was an engaging comic or not…it was the art and characters I liked, and I’d even enjoyed the artist aging them a bit…but for it to be gone, just sucks. I won’t be following this new and different strip.

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    Jerrie Patterson Premium Member 10 months ago

    Damn….this is like having a good friend move away. Sorry to see you go. Just as I was sorry to lose Gus Arriola, Al Capp and Berke Breathed. For some things there are no replacements.

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    stevek Premium Member 10 months ago

    At least he’s still doing Lio.

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    Julie478 Premium Member 10 months ago

    This storyline reminds me of a show my kids watched on Nickelodeon, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.

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    Durak Premium Member 10 months ago

    There is a reason why Pibgorn, 9 Chickweed Lane and Alley Oop turned comments off. A lot of comments are just plain inappropriate. I include some of my own comments, I’ve made my share of immature and unnecessary remarks.

    It’s time we start policing ourselves. We can support Mark without tearing down Steenz.

    Listen, there was probably a lot of time and energy spent in this decision. No doubt Mark talked to a lot of people and looked at a lot of different work from them.

    We’ve seen three days. We haven’t even had a full story arc yet. Give it time, I’m betting it’ll be worth it.

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    Airbender  10 months ago

    I don’t care much for the new look. I wasn’t a big fan of Heart, although Lìo is a favorite and will remain so. I’ll give it another week and decide if I want to keep following it. If I had to decide today, I’d stop.

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    The Legend of Brandon Sawyer Premium Member 10 months ago

    Ok I understand the frustration. If you don’t like it it’s fine but how long are you going to continue To spew negativity? It’s ok That you don’t like it that’s perfectly fine but Some of you act like Steenz Came up out of kindergarten and took over the strip!

    Taking over much beloved comic is not easy. If a legendary cartoonist like Mark trust her let’s not bash her! So if you want to Unfollow that’s perfectly fine but don’t disrespect the hard work that Steenz Has done to get to this point! I’m sure Mark didn’t just walk outside of his house and say “hey you! come to my comic!”

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    Ed Owens Premium Member 10 months ago

    I have been checking some Steenz’s other work, it seams to work a little better in color. Let’s see what Sunday looks like. Might surprise everybody.

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    Jayneknox  10 months ago

    I’m hoping that this will urn out to be like some other comics that I was literally incapable of registering visually at first. Once they “clicked into place” visually I really enjoyed them, but for awhile it was the visual equivalent of listening to white noise.

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    debra4life  10 months ago

    There’s that nose again. Ugh! I’m out of here.

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    Ray Rappisi Jr Premium Member 10 months ago

    Heart’s reaction in the last panel is SO manga. And since I’m a huge manga reader, I’ma digging it!!

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    asrialfeeple  10 months ago

    One thing is for sure, Steenz certainly isn’t afraid of the screentone. Don’t worry, I ’ll stick around for a bit. This strip is actually kind of funny.

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    Mark Peters Sr Premium Member 10 months ago

    I prefer the old Heart. She had style. This is too cuddly. And mom had a nice figure.

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    InquireWithin  10 months ago

    I have a feeling she’ll find her stride, if you guys give her a chance. Be patient! One question for Mark (if he’s still out there): has this been in the offing for a while? I had suspicions when the strip jumped forward to junior high that something was about to change, but I couldn’t put my finger on what or why. Were you preparing for this day all along?

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    tdhohle Premium Member 10 months ago

    don’t like the new look, please return it to the original look…

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    Carmen O'Brien Premium Member 10 months ago

    Very sad to learn that this change is permanent. If you are going to change a strip completely just change the name as well and be done with it. This is NOT Heart Of The City. I’m done with this one.

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    MikeMedoroSr.  10 months ago

    Well I’m done with this comic…

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    z12332190  10 months ago

    Why does lady on left have a potato for a nose? Here in Belgium, we eat our potatoes, not wear them.

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    m.pavelski  10 months ago

    Do not like the new look either.

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    wblue  10 months ago

    I don’t care for this art style.

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    eddi_tbh  10 months ago

    That last panel is all Heart.

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    jim.bullard  10 months ago

    Still dislike. If this is permanent I’m stopping following.

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    fstop8  10 months ago

    here is another one I am going to edit out – just like the new Nancy.

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    BaltimoreJack Premium Member 10 months ago

    I guess I have experienced the release of New Coke, new actors taking over iconic film roles, book series written by new authors, and other major changes to not be as upset as many others have here. I think the change could have been handled better and Ms. Stewart (Steenz) would be more welcomed. However, it is really just comics and as has been noted by others, we should be considerate with our remarks. Obviously Heart has been a comfort to many and abrupt change is jarring. I did like the original art but will give time to make my decision to continue following the new Heart. Patience may be rewarded.

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  69. Cathy aack  10 months ago

    If she’s going to be “Heart” you better learn to draw “Heart.”

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    angiegibbs84  10 months ago

    I don’t like the new look, bring back the orginal Heart and Dean please.

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    ladydisdains  10 months ago

    What a mood. Love this fresh take.

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