Our View: Help us decide what to do with comics
Out of 220 votes:
• 30 percent are single, 21 percent are retirees, 28 percent are couples with no kids, 21 percent are couples with kids living at home.
• Nearly 50 percent say they read only a few favorites a day; about 25 percent say they read all of them; about 25 percent say they never read them.
The top 10 list
(not in order):
• Stone Soup
• Family Circus
• Born Loser
Voting still open
The survey will be open for one more week. To make your choices known, go to www.appealdemocrat.com and look for the survey under the Features category of the Top Stories box at the top of the home page.
Let's take a few minutes for something vitally important: comic strips.
The Appeal-Democrat is facing the possibility of consolidating its two pages of comics and puzzles into just one (with a little spillover). We're asking readers to take an online survey to tell us their favorite and least favorite cartoons and puzzles. Besides the voting, many of the respondents are leaving us comments — following is a sampling:
• Maybe it would be wiser to fill the whole paper with comics and puzzles, as the content of the paper is so far to the right that you make Atilla the Hun appear to be a liberal. Just kiddin', but not by far.
• Good job so far. Just don't downsize the size of your print. I dropped USA Today because they made the text too small for these old eyes.
• I can't choose cartoons to be dropped because I read a lot of them occasionally. I don't find any so objectionable I'd say to drop them. The same goes for puzzles. I sometimes do different ones, and although I never do bridge, I suppose many enjoy it.
• Get rid of Garfield! I used to love Garfield back in 1985, but I don't think that comic has been funny for 20 years. What a waste of space.
• You have a good mix of comics, but I only look for Tundra on a daily basis. Doonesbury lost its appeal years ago when Trudeau made a far left turn and stayed there.
• I can see that it is going to be tough to keep everyone happy. Good luck!
• I feel like if I pick any as a favorite that these are the ones that you will drop, just because I like them. I wish that you would do like the Sacramento Bee and do two pages of cartoons. They are the best part of the paper.
• This will be great for me as I liked the way the A-D reported mostly local news when I first moved up here 22 years ago.
Then it changed and started to look too much like the Sacramento Bee. I get all my regional and national news from the TV and my computer. I am definitely more interested in what is going on in our community.
• My only comment is that I believe comics just aren't funny any more. Or perhaps my sense of humor has changed.
• Don't drop Prince Valiant! The only serial comic left. The only serious comic left.
I've read it faithfully for more than 60 years. The only unique and historic comic offered. Many of the other comics are available in the Bee or Chronicle. Yikes! I've aged, but Val stays the same. Best drawn comic.
It's the first thing I read Sunday morning! I might be psychotic! Wowsters!! Please don't drop it, and thanks for the chance to weigh in.
• While I don't like to read the cartoons, I do on the occasion read to my granddaughter when she is at our house. I would not like to see them go altogether, however I prefer the puzzles we use to have with a money prize!