“We need more cartoonists to truly retire when they retire and not run repeats. Repeats are the absolute soul-crushing killers of the comics page."

-- Stephan Pastis, cartoonist on "Pearls Before Swine"

Yep! I agree.

I loved "Peanuts" and "For Better Or For Worse" when they were running the first time. But when the cartoonists died or retired, it was time to clear their space for someone new rather than committing to an eternity of reruns.

Likewise, it's time to say goodbye to all those moldy-oldies like "Blondie," "Hagar the Horrible," "Beetle Bailey," "Hi and Lois," "Wizard of Id," "B.C.," "Shoe," "Garfield," etc., etc., unfunny strips that have run for decades despite the death, retirement and/or disappearance of their creators.

If the guy doing the strip today is the grandson of the original cartoonist, and he's not even really doing the strip, he's playing another round of golf at his Boca Raton retirement community while his underpaid assistants back at the studio crap out the strip and approve licensing rights for more coffee mugs and Hallmark cards, then it's time to drop the axe, thanks.

Comic strips have become as stale and moribund as comic books would be if they continued to milk the same dozen or so tired franchises year after year after year.


Hey, wait.