Sunday Staple:  The Comic Section

Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott are the creators of the "Zits" comics.  A few years ago they put some of their best strips into a book ("Zits Sunday Brunch)  along with comments from other comic creators/authors. 


Their purpose?


"We hope this will inspire the revival of the sweet tradition of reading Sunday comics on actual newsprint."


If you would like to read more about how these two are promoting the continuation of this beloved and time-honored Sunday morning ritual, click on the picture in this section (the ZITS comic strip character "Jeremy" reading the Sunday comic page) to read Jim Borgman's blog.


Did you know?


The Library of Congress has a collection featuring classic newspaper comic strips.  Did your favorites make their list? Check here.


Is it the Comics or the Coupons?


The printed Sunday paper continues to be a draw to residents in New York City.  But New Yorkers appear to change their preferences during the busy work week.


In the A.A.M. "Top 25" survey released in March 2013,  the average circulation of the printed Sunday edition of the New York Times exceeded the digitally accessed edition by almost 200,000 copies.


However, NYT statistics totally reverse for the weekday edition.  Of the top 25 papers listed on the survey, the New York Times was the ONLY paper to have a higher digital access than printed circulation during the week.


Specifics can be found HERE. A.A.M has not released a 2014 "Top 25"



Maybe it is the Coupons


A survey just released in September 2014 by NAA states this:


"Newspapers are the leading medium consumers use for coupons. Seven in 10 (69%) cite the Sunday or weekday editions as coupon sources."



Political Cartoons...Illustrations with a Point of View


Benjamin Franklin's "Join or Die", which depicts a snake whose severed parts represent the Colonies, is acknowledged as the first political cartoon in America. It came to be published in "virtually every newspaper on the continent." 


Franklin's snake is significant in the development of cartooning because it became an icon that could be displayed in differing variations throughout the existing visual media of the day-- like the "Don't Tread on Me" battle flag-- but would always be associated with the singular causes of colonial unity and the Revolutionary spirit.



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