What happened to the “Get Fuzzy” comic?

Readers love their comics.

When the Chronicle ceased publication “Get Blurry” at the end of March, the emails started almost immediately:

“What happened to Get Fuzzy? Bring him back please.”

“No. You can’t get rid of ‘Get Fuzzy.’ It’s one of my favourites.”

“There are several awful tapes…you could have deleted to almost unanimous applause. Why choose the best tape in the house?”

Clearly, comic book fans feel an attachment to the comic, which follows an advertising executive and his talking dog and cat, Satchel Pooch and Bucky Katt.

The tape, by Darby Conley, was launched in 1999 and was a hit from the start. “Get Fuzzy” won the National Cartoonists Society Award in 2002, and horror master Stephen King once called it “the funniest cartoon on planet Earth.”

But Conley stopped producing a daily comic nearly four years ago; the daily “Get Fuzzy” strip has been on rerun since late 2013.

Occasionally, Conley still produces a new tape for a Sunday, but he seems to be retired from the daily tape business. There’s no official announcement, but “we have no indication that Darby will return to the daily newspapers anytime soon,” said Ron O’Neal, Conley union director Andrews McMeel.

Get a fuzzy comicDarby Conley

Several newspapers dropped “Fuzzy” shortly after its rerun, including the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. Many others have since stopped running the strip, O’Neal said, although hundreds of newspapers still publish “Fuzzy.”

When the Post dropped the tape in 2013, an editor wrote that continuing to air daily reruns of the tape would be like “paying big bucks to watch ‘Friends’ on HBO. It doesn’t seem fair when there’s new cartoonists eager for a place on the page.”

(Left to right) Elvis, Lupin and Puck, the stars of webcomic and now comic newspaper "Latest Cat News" by Georgia Dunn.
(Left to right) Elvis, Lupine and Puck, the stars of Georgia Dunn’s webcomic and now “Breaking Cat News” comic strip.Courtesy of Andrews McMeel Syndication

On the Chronicle comics page, “Fuzzy” has been replaced by a new comic that just launched this spring: Georgia Dunn’s “Latest news on cats. Dunn’s gang also has talking animals. But it may be a long time before readers forget “Fuzzy.”