Boston Globe Pinheads Perform Comics Strip Tease

January 7, 2019

As the hardreading staff noted at the time, last month the Boston Globe announced that the cheapskately local broadsheet had “discontinued several [comics] strips and two games.”

By “several,” of course, they meant 11.

(The Globe’s math skills leave much to be desired, as we discovered when the paper played DNA newsletter for Elizabeth Warren last year.)

Regardless, that relegated the comics to a single anemic page.

 

Cut to today’s edition of the Globe, where the editor moonwalks on his strip mining of the comics pages.

We’ve already indicated our choices: Zippy, Get Fuzzy, Mother Goose & Grimm, Bliss, and Bizarro.

Make sure to weigh in on yours as well.

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Pinheads at Boston Globe Strip-Mine Comics Pages

December 24, 2018

Are we having none yet?

The powers that be at the Boston Globe have continued their assault on the comics pages, as this note in today’s edition indicates.

Before:

 

After:

Let’s call the roll of the “several” strips that have been dumped. First, the good ones: Zippy (second time the Globe Pinheads have dropped him), Get Fuzzy, Mother Goose & Grimm, Bizarro, Bliss.

Then the no-great-loss ones – Rose Is Rose, Jumpstart, Pooch Cafe, Adam @ Home, Dustin, Mr. Boffo.

That would be 11 dropped comics if you’re keeping score at home.

Worse yet, consider some of the dogs they’ve kept: Red & Rover, Zits, Arctic Circle, The Pajama Diaries, For Better Or For Worse, Curtis, Arlo & Janis – all mind-numbingly either a) stupid, or b) unfunny.

Of course, the stately local broadsheet doesn’t care what old fogeys like the hardreading staff think. It’s too busy chasing the millennial crowd that it will likely never get.

But as Don Seiffert reported last week at the Boston Business Journal, “[a]s of Sept. 30, the paper had 109,409 weekday subscribers and 190,787 Sunday-only subscribers — down year-over-year by 11 percent and 13 percent respectively.”

And that, of course, is no joke.


Tell Boston Globe Editor: Free the Pinhead One!

August 30, 2016

Zippy Held Hostage: Day Two

Let’s start with this: For the past several years, the Boston Globe has featured only a handful of comic strips worth reading: Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley, Rhymes with Orange by Hilary Price (both of whom are Bay State artists), Bizarro by Dan Piraro, and, on a good day, Mother Goose & Grimm, Monty, and Doonesbury (Memory Lane edition).

Also – the best of the lot – Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead. Until yesterday, that is, when Globe readers learned that the paper had performed a Zipectomy and dumped the strip.

The hardreading staff, of course, protested vehemently, railing against the shortsighted decision by Globe bigwigs. We also sent an email to Bill Griffith, asking what happened. His reply:

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It’s an outrage, and we call on all Pinhead-heads to contact Globe editor Brian McGrory and register their disapproval.

Thank you for your support.

P.S. Here’s the latest Zippy, but, really, we can’t do this every day.

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Globe Relocates Comics Pages Willy-Nilly

June 30, 2016

The hardreading staff is a longtime devotee of Boston Globe comic strips such as Dan Piraro’s Bizarro, Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead, and Darby Conley’s Get Fuzzy, and we’ve long had a morning routine of reading the Globe Sports section, then turning to the back of the Metro section to read the funny pages.

Until yesterday.

When suddenly – magically! – the comics pages appeared at the back of the Sports section. (D6 and D7 for those of you keeping score at home.)

 

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No advance warning.

No Editor’s note.

No nothing.

And then today – poof! – the comics pages are back at the rear of Metro.

Hey, Globeniks: Some respek, eh?


Is ‘Get Fuzzy’ Signing Off?

February 19, 2015

The hardreading staff has long been a fan of local artist Darby Conley, who produces the Get Fuzzy comic strip.

Representative sample:

 

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This week, there’s been a convocation of cats in the strip – today it’s Mac Manc McManx and Chubby Huggs.

 

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Yesterday it was Huggs and Shakespug.

 

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Before that it was Huggs and Foodar.

 

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All of which makes us wonder if maybe this is the beginning of some big going-away party for Get Fuzzy.

Here’s hoping not.


Get Funny – er – Fuzzy (Massachusetts Day Edition)

August 18, 2014

Local cartoonist Darby Conley submitted this in yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe. (Click to enlarge.)

 

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Full frontal rudity.

The state bird is a human hand.

Oh yes.

That’s the Bay State all over.

But especially Boston.

P.S. Just for the record, the Sunday Boston Herald has zero worthwhile comic strips. Representative sample:

 

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Don’t bother clicking to enlarge. Something short of the Real McCoy.