The LA Dog Trainer pulled another fast one. They've dropped Garfield. Now I am NO fan of Garfield, in fact the only character I like is Nermal. But COME ON people. It's like pulling Peanuts or Blondie.
When asked for comment, the LA(D)T responded:
""Garfield" has received mixed reviews in recent years, but the Times is one of the few papers to ever dare pull it. Reader reaction? "We are getting complaints," said Jennifer James, a Times editorial aide, but she declined to reveal how many."But my favorite bit was this, from the spokesperson of Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes Garfield and a number of other cartoons:
""Our understanding is that 'Garfield' ran in a children's section of the Los Angeles Times. When a feature is dropped on pages which are predominantly read by children, those young readers are less likely to complain or demand its return.""Say what you want about the quality of the strip over the last few years (don't even mention the movie), but Garfield will always be on the list of great American cartoon strips, with or without the LA Dog Trainer.
(h/t Joe Gandelman as Dean)
Update: for more comics discussion, see this post over at EcLECTIC RAMBLINGS.