December 5, 2016
As the hardreading staff painstakingly chronicled, the Boston Globe dropped Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead comic strip last August. At the time of the Zipectomy, we had this to say about the management at the stately local broadsheet:
Boston Globe editor Brian (Hey – let’s reimagine the paper! We can use John Henry’s garage!) McGrory has now become a first-ballot entry into the Comic Strip Hall of Shame.
Well, we officially take that back, because Zippy himself is back. McGrory’s media culpa appears on page 2 of today’s Globe.
From our Before ‘n’ After desk, here are Saturday’s comics pages.
And here are today’s.
And the triumphant return of Zippy.
We’d like to think we had something to do with the Globe’s coming to its senses, but we doubt that’s the case. Still, live and let learn, that’s our slogan.
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:
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.
August 29, 2016
Bad enough the Boston Globe dropped the Sunday edition of Zippy the Pinhead almost three years ago. Now apparently the daily version of the strip is gone as well.
From today’s not-so-funny pages:
Just for scale, here’s Saturday’s:
At least last time the Globeniks performed a Zipectomy, they had the decency to publish an editor’s note.
(Just for the record, WuMo no longer appears in the Globe’s increasingly lame Sunday Comics section.)
This time around, though, there’s not a word about the Globe’s dropping the strip altogether. That’s just wrong.
The hardreading staff is sending a note to Bill Griffith to ask what happened. Meanwhile, Boston Globe editor Brian (Hey – let’s reimagine the paper! We can use John Henry’s garage!) McGrory has now become a first-ballot entry into the Comic Strip Hall of Shame.
P.S. Here’s today’s Zippy that McGrory so shamefully withheld.
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.
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.)
No advance warning.
No Editor’s note.
And then today – poof! – the comics pages are back at the rear of Metro.
Hey, Globeniks: Some respek, eh?
January 4, 2016
The hardlyreading staff held hostage: Day 8.
Random notes from around the Globe:
• Today’s edition of the Boston Globe plunks its delivery woes right on Page One.
Crosstown, the Boston Herald has yet to mention the meltdown. We don’t care who prints the fraidy local tabloid – that’s just journalistic malpractice.
• Are we the only ones who think the new Globe ePaper is a classic case of schlimmbesserung? You know, to make worse by trying to improve?
• Kevin Cullen’s front-page piece today is a hoot. Favorite part:
Whatever they pay the delivery people, it’s not enough, and it’s more than a little depressing to think this debacle has been brought about by a desire to pay them even less.
Interesting Twitter exchange yesterday in the wake of Cullen’s piece going online. First:
• Rapid strides! Today’s “delivery delay” list is down to 112 zip codes (from 117 yesterday).
• Free the Zippy the Pinhead One!
More, most likely, to come.