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  1. It took me quite a while to figure out what Bill was complaining about. On this small display, I had to zoom in all the way on the first panel before I could read “Fathers’ Day Picnic”. Still, I don’t find June in April as bothersome as having Sunday on Thursday, which is the way that GoComics mismanages “Ink Pen”.

  2. Yeah, the extra-tiny image of the comic was weird. I had to open it separately from this page, then zoom in five times to figure out what any of the word balloons said.

  3. I’m confused. In The Philadelphia Inquirer today there’s a new strip, not the one you’re featuring.

  4. @mdbrownmd, there’s a separate online feed of “Stone Soup Classics” that is running that strip today. Presumably CIDU Bill is complaining that the repeats are not synchronized with the real world calendar.

  5. My question is, why doesn’t Calvin’s dad take off the shirt instead of having his wife wipe him down?

  6. @ Dysfunctional – You really sent me for a loop, but I finally figured out that you meant Max’s dad (Wally), and not Calvin’s (unnamed) father.

  7. @CIDUBill, that would require the syndicate to have a full-time editor for the classic strip, just to read over each one months in advance, see which ones are tied to a day or season, and hand-rearrange them all to fit the calendar. The “Classics” strips exist only because they’re basically free. If they stop being free, it’ll become “read the archives” instead. Or ‘Buy the book.”

  8. Carl, they’d need one intern to look over all the comics and flag the ones drawn three weeks ago that relate to some tragedy that occurred the day before yesterday, or classic comics that are now inapporopriate (like the Mutt and Jeff “old Negro” strip that keeps resurfacing).

    A couple of hours tops.

  9. And why do you say classic comics are free? Unless they’re reprinting the Katzenjammer Kids…

  10. I have noticed before that the Stone Soap classic strips don’t line up with current months. The Christmas strips were in the wrong month too, October I assume based on this strip. It doesn’t seem like it would have been that hard to line them up, though my guess that they started them from the beginning when the dailies stopped even though the months didn’t line up.

  11. @CituBill, you’re seeming saying they should just permanently remove all strips that relate to a particular date or time of year. That would be weird and disruptive and there’s no reason to do it.

  12. @CituBill, you’re seeming saying they should just permanently remove all strips that relate to a particular date or time of year. That would be weird and disruptive and there’s no reason to do it.

    Free, because the syndicate owns the strips. Once they’re cued up on a repeating cycle, zero labor is needed, so the marginal expense of just repeating them is effectively zero. Obviously, less true for a strip the syndicate doesn’t own the content of.

  13. On any reprint there could be contemporary references that are out of synch. It might be a Christmas strip reprinted in July, but there again it might be a reference to a Presidential election reprinted in the middle of a term. No matter what you do, you can’t avoid it. It very rarely matters. I suppose the best thing is have a little box in the corner with the original publication date.

  14. As anyone cheap enough to reuse calendars knows, years and day alignment comes around again after 5 or 7 years or so, depending on leap years (I’ll do the actual math after I post…) [here, this site lists them, no calculating necessary: https://garyc.me/calendars/ ], so all they have to do with classic strips is figure out what year this is, and find a matching year from the past, and run those strips, not very hard at all. Figure it out once, set it up forever, would take maybe a half hour. They’re just really not trying…

    (OK, looking at the actual available years, it’s not quite as easy as I make out, but still something they could look at and do for certain strips, like Peanuts, but they aren’t; for 2020, you can use 1992 1964 1936 and 1908 — Peanuts was published in 1992 and 1964, so you have two choices. Stone Soup was published in 1992 I’m pretty sure, so there’s your choice for reruns this year… Took me less than the half hour I allotted…)

  15. Lately exploring classic/vintage strips on the GoComics and Comics Kingdom sites. Besides such deceased features as Juliet Jones, Brick Bradford and even Krazy Kat, there are old strips of …
    — 9 Chickweed Lane, from when today’s pinup models looked like women with frog heads. And Amos looked like a space creature. .
    — Judge Parker, with its weirdly heavy 70s style featuring sculpted perms for ladies, long hair for men, and Burt Reynolds facial foliage.
    — Snuffy Smith, with faintly creepy continuities.
    — The Phantom, circa WWII and evidently unattached.
    — B.C, when it was a fresh new idea.
    — Luann, when it was broad and silly and before they tried to make characters attractive
    — Mandrake, from the 40s I guess, with strangely earnest art on bizarre stories.
    — Beetle Bailey, when he was still a draftee in the 60s army.

  16. These reruns just loop over and over. So if the start is out of sync with the calendar when the previous run ended, then they either have to accept a disconnect or jump over some strips. Then there’s Liberty Meadows, where they’re running arcs and even strips out of order.

  17. CIDU BIll, whether Ms. Eliot is getting paid or not for rerun strips depends entirely upon her contract. The comics industry is notorious for contracts that transfer all rights to the publisher or syndicate so that they can reprint them without further payment.

  18. A nitpick for Minor Annoyance: Beetle Bailey volunteered in 1951 (during the Korean war, but he never made it overseas) and I don’t believe he was ever retconned as a draftee.

  19. All of the Stone Soup reruns are similarly out of step with the time they are shown – nice these days to anticipate the future though.

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