Monday, September 12, 2005

Guardian Editor's Weblog: Should Doonesbury be saved?

The redesigned Guardian drops the Doonesbury strip, claiming the back of the paper is “very squeezed for space”. Readers howl in protest. Some 50 comments later, the Features Editor announces: “Doonesbury will be back in G2 from [next] Monday.” All on the first day of the new design: reader power indeed. (via Pete Ashton, who comments: “For me this isn’t really about Doonesbury. It’s about how the comics, and for that matter editorial cartoons, are treated by newspapers. Generally they are looked down on as filler, not having the weight of words or the artistry of photography.”)