Sunday Comic Changes Bring New Faces to Our Pages | Local News


The funny ones on Sunday welcome new residents.

We’re launching 14 new comics in our weekly four-page comics section starting with Sunday’s Pantagraph.

We know comics are a morning ritual and an escape from the day for many readers, so we take any adjustments very seriously. We’re always looking for a good mix of witty, whimsical and just plain funny entries on our pages, and we’re constantly on the lookout for new and diverse ones that reflect our changing world.

In May, we published a special 48-page section called “Bubbles” featuring the works of talented cartoonists from across the industry. We asked followers which ones they liked.

Our new Sunday lineup will now include favorites including ‘Baby Blues’, ‘The Born Loser’, ‘Dilbert’, ‘Garfield’, ‘Marmaduke’, ‘Mutts’, ‘One Big Happy’, ‘Pearls Before Swine’, “Phoebe and her unicorn”, “Shoe” and “Ziggy”.

Three new comics also join us in The Pantagraph:

  • “Rubes,” by Leigh Rubin, began appearing in newspapers in 1984. It draws inspiration from single-panel greeting cards and often features animals delivering punchlines that translate to the human experience.
  • “Macanudo”, by Argentinian cartoonist Ricardo “Liniers” Siri, which was first published in 2002 and “has become one of South America’s most famous comics”, according to the King Features syndicate.
  • “Off the Mark”, by Mark Parisi, which Andrews McMeel Syndication describes as “a world of intriguing pets, evil computers and talking plants that puts an ironic, absurd or just plain silly twist on the ordinary events of daily life”.

We only have some space for comics in our Sunday edition, so we’re saying goodbye to “Heathcliff”, “Mary Worth”, and “Prince Valiant”.

We will continue to publish “Mary Worth” on our daily comics page and Sunday comics initially through April in our e-edition, which is the digital replica of our newspaper included with your subscription. You can get more information about this at

Additionally, our Sunday crosswords are moving to the Life section and the popular Flying Horse page is moving to the Money section.

These changes only affect Sunday comic pages. The rest of the week will remain the same, although we’re still looking for feedback. Email me at

We hope you will participate and welcome these new characters to your Sunday newspaper. See you in comedy movies.

Pickering is editor of the Pantagraph.