Here is how you voted in our 1996 comic survey.
1. Better or For Worse 1130 11
2. Baby Blues 719 35
3. Peanuts 621 54
4. Hager the Horrible 545 44
5. Family Circus 541 17
6. Fox Trot 540 47
7. Shoe 539 30
8. Garfield 519 53
9. B.C. 452 22
10. Doonesbury 447 132
11. Sherman's Lagoon 442 101
12. Pickles 435 35
13. Dilbert 435 175
14. Blondie 433 43
15. Non Sequitur 417 69
16. Sally Forth 409 163
17. Born Loser 404 29
18. Beetle Bailey 404 40
19. Pluggers 384 295
20. Better Half 317 168
21. Cathy 285 221
22. Bizarro 272 114
23. Mother Goose and Grim 255 44
24. Jumble 248 114
25. In The Bleachers 234 22
26. Us and Them 220 84
27 Close To Home 201 109
28. Mixed Media 96 227
29. Tank McNamara 74 305
30. Rubes 66 188
31. Mini Page 52 147
32. Mr. Boffo 27 344
33. Judge Parker 24 649
You cast your votes by filling out the ballots we printed in the Journal-World, you voted on our Access Line and you sent us e-mail via the ballot on Journal-World online.
It was interesting that three comics we don't currently publish, Shoe, Non Sequitur and Sherman's Lagoon finished in the top twenty.
There were a lot of comments, along with the yeas and nays.
One astute reader suggested that next time we just list all the comics and people just vote "keep it" or "lose it." We thought it was a great suggestion and we'll do it that way next year.
We thought you'd like to take a look at some of the other comments.
"Avoid strips like Judge Parker, Brenda Starr, Apt. 3-G, Dick Tracy, Mary Worth, and Steve Roper...they're tedious."
"Dilbert makes me laugh like crazy."
"Jumble is not a comic. Get it off the comic page"
"Add Marmaduke." (many)
"It took me a month to figure out what Pluggers was."
"Judge Parker is guilty of being the lamest comic in the paper."
"I hope you aren't going to do this every 6 months."
"Add Family Circus daily."
"Cathy is stupid."
"Even if you don't make any changes, we're very impressed with your comics page, as we are with the whole paper. Keep up the good work and thanks for the opportunity for input."
"Leave out strips that reflect stupidity."
"Sally Forth is dorky."
Several commented that the comic page moves around and is difficult to locate. We're aware of this problem. Without getting into boring details, here's how that works. Our A and C sections must contain the same number of pages. Same for B and D. These fluctuate daily. Comics get involved in this mix and skip from section to section. The easiest way for readers to find the comics is to look at the index on page 1-A.
Changes? We'll be making some.
As a result of the poll, we're canceling Mixed Media, Judge Parker, Us and Them, and Mr. Boffo.
We'll move Jumble to the classified page and bring Pickles to our comic page.
We'll bring back Shoe, Non Sequitur and Sherman's Lagoon.
We'll run Family Circus daily.
We'll add Marmaduke.
We'll surprise you with one or two other changes.
For a couple of reasons, changes in our comic presentation will take a little over a month. One, we have contracts for all of our comics with a 30 day cancellation clause. They involve several syndications. Two, our comic page is paginated (layed-out) in Florida and we get it in one piece. Changes for this process take a few weeks.
Well, you spoke and we listened. We invite your comments after you've seen our new comic presentation.
Thanks to everyone who participated.