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By: Derf Backderf

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 22:08:53 +0000

Julie's strip was a weekly panel for 10 years or so prior to the daily Dinette Set, so it's a feature that's been around for at least 20 years. When I started at my first weekly paper in 1990, a now-defunct and much-missed rag in Cleveland, I was also the art director. I didn't select the paper's cartoons, but I did deal with all other aspects. And I remember she did indeed have a loyal following. When the editor tried to drop her strip they got enough complaints that it was brought back! Of course, that was back in the "golden age" of weekly papers, back when those wretched rags actually cared about readers and/or the cartoons they liked.



By: David Reddick

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 18:05:56 +0000

Good luck to you, Julie! Like Taco Bell often says, cartoonists need to start thinking outside the bun. What does that mean? I have no idea. My buns have nothing to do with it, I'll tell you that.



By: mike witmer

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:20:50 +0000

Haaa!! I always thought it was Jason Vorhees under that hat. Isn't funny how this same tired old conversation keeps circling the drainpipe around here? I don't remember who said it, but I agree: Artists need to start thinking like publishers (or find a publisher with a brain in their head).



By: Shane Davis

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 15:44:35 +0000

"Maybe we should all be wearing hats like Guy wears…to remind us that we are all pioneers on new frontiers of cartooning." Does the hat on my avatar's Shatner mask count?



By: Henry Clausner

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 15:15:07 +0000

Good luck Mrs Larson hope it goes well for you!



By: mike crachiolo

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 06:21:08 +0000

a number of years ago i emailed julie wilson and asked her why she left king features she stated they were not pushing her strip so on to creators she then sent me an email to buy dinette set merchandise



By: Phil Wohlrab

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 03:59:14 +0000

Dinette Set! oh no! Are we really talking about the Dinette Set?! Needless to say I'm not one of the rabid fans, but to it's credit this strip has miraculously been around since 97. As far as leaving the syndicate..I don't think it's wise for the weakest of the brood to go wondering off into the wilderness.



By: Phil

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 03:45:24 +0000

Going back or to, or touching upon the original topic, the problem I see is that the syndicates are still distributing the same old "classics". (go to King Features comic page and tell me I'm wrong) They need to modernize the comics section with comics created by younger artists. The daily commute and office jobs are now being filled by young professions. Maybe if the syndicates took a chance on something that hasn't been around since the 1950s and was more tied into the pop culture ideals that these young and hopefully new newspaper readers are accustom too then in my opinion they would be making a step in the right direction. They would be helping the papers and themselves. I'm tired of flipping too the "funnies" and seeing "Cathy", or "Marmaduke", or god forbid " The Family Circus". No one in their 20s, 30s, or 40s wants to read that and I'm sure they are not laughing at it.



By: Mike Cope

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 23:50:31 +0000

Regarding optimism and cowboy hats ... I realize that my "What does a [comics] READER need a tablet for ..." comment above doesn't sound optimistic. Believe me when I say that I'm looking VERY forward to learning more from Apple's much anticipated announcement. In fact, I plan on watching it right here on my nice big iMac screen. My sincerest hope is that it will open doors so that digital content is regarded as having value. A new Apple device with comic apps that require readers to pay for content will go completely against the traditional webcomics business model. I don't want to over-exaggerate this too much, but Scott Kurtz could be the Neo that many cartoonists have been waiting for. Because if HE can wear one of Guy's cowboy hats, I'm sure others will follow :)



By: Scott Kurtz

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:59:42 +0000

I wish I could pull off a hat like that.