Do you put ‘Family Circus’ on your fridge? Do you love or hate ‘Pearls Before Swine’? Don’t feel complete without the Jumble?
Our comics and puzzles survey has generated response.
About once a year we take a look at our newspaper syndicated features lineup. Usually that’s prompted by proposed rate increases by the syndicates so we’re assessing what still seems worth the price.
Often, though, we’re just guessing at what’s resonating with readers.
And before I go any farther, here’s a universal truth: different people like different things. In other words, you’re never gonna please everyone.
Still, we’d like to know more about what our readers like, so we invited them to tell us.
In print editions, which is where the comics and puzzles run (sorry Internet readers), we’ve been printing a survey: “Like it a lot,” “It’s OK,” “Hate it” and “Would not notice if it were gone” for each of our current syndicated offerings.
This is not exactly a popular vote. It’s not a “vote one off the island” kind of thing. But I’m interested in seeing any trends. I’m probably most interested in how people reply to “It’s OK” and “Would not notice if it were gone” — those features that just don’t move the needle either way.
It’s just been a few days, but responses have been flowing in steadily.
One thing I’ve learned is that people aren’t shy about saying they miss Beetle Bailey, which was cut late last year because of its high price and advancing age. “Miss Beetle Bailey comic,” commented a retiree from Charleston. Another 69-year-old retiree also pleaded, “Bring back Beetle Bailey.” “What happened to Beetle Bailey??” another asked.
Age has been one factor in written responses, with some older readers saying they are not fans of some of the newer offerings.
“How about some classic Lil Abner or other old comics for your older adult readers instead of this childish jibberish?” suggested an 83-year-old respondent.
“Comics aren’t funny any more except Family Circus,” commented a 63-year-old.
“I am 75 and the new comics do not make sense to me,” a reader commented.
Another reader expressed appreciation for puzzles.
“Crossword and Jumble help me to stay mentally active,” wrote a 77-year-old Campbell’s Creek resident.
Keep ’em coming and we’ll let you know what more people have to say.