‘Non Sequitur’ comic strip gets into newspaper with 180 votes

The Portland Press newspaper asked readers what comic strip they should run to replace the retired ‘Foxtrot.’ Here’s the results: “Wiley’s strip collected 180 votes, far outpacing the second-place comic – “Get Fuzzy,” with 92.”

180 votes. That’s it? Granted the Portland Press is a pretty small paper with a 68,100 daily circulation. (To be in the top 100 newspapers nationwide, you need at least 120,632)

180 votes out of 120,632 is a mere 0.001492141389 percent. That’s like one-tenth of one percent. Scale this up to the size of a Chicago Tribune with a 957,212 circulation, and that’s 1,428 votes. Ok. That’s more signficant.

I just wish Brewster Rockit got more votes for the Portland Press. That strip is just classic.

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Tom Saaristo
17 years ago

180 is a LOT! I didn’t think ANYONE read the paper anymore. Not only are people in Portland reading the paper, they’re taking the time to vote! Wow!

17 years ago

Brewster is pretty good. I love the recent spin on the planet of the doughnut people. classic. Plus, the comic is very well drawn. Always bonus points for that. I enjoy “Get Fuzzy”. I’d probably say that right now Get Fuzzy is my third favorite comic strip behind Mr. Boffo and Dilbert.

17 years ago

I didn’t realize that Fox Trot is only on Sundays now. Fox Trot is pretty good. But I must not be that much of a committed reader because I didn’t realize they stopped dailys until I read this blog post. I checked out Universal Press’s website to get more on this story. I’m not pleased with Bill Amend’s comments: After spending close to half of my life writing and drawing FoxTrot cartoons, I think it s time I got out of the house and tried some new things, said Amend. I love cartooning and I absolutely want to continue doing the strip, just not at the current all-consuming pace.” Gimme a break. Is it really that consuming? I suppose I shouldn’t be saying that until I try to draw a daily comic strip. But really. If my only professional responsibility was to draw a daily comic strip in order to pay the bills, then I don’t think I’d be complaining about the “all-consuming pace”. Get a grip, Bill.

Leigh Hanlon
17 years ago

The problem is newspaper editors’ sad devotion to the ancient religion which holds that if you hear from one person, that person’s view also represents 10 or 20 others who didn’t write in.

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