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FatBaldGuy
12-06-2006, 09:12 AM
From here (http://www.amuniversal.com/ups/newsrelease/?view=468) Bill Amendís popular FoxTrot comic strip will go to a Sunday-only publication schedule as of Dec. 31, 2006, announced Universal Press Syndicate today. The last daily will be Saturday, Dec. 30. Reruns of dailies will be available for Web usage. I for one will miss the adventures of the Fox family every day. But at least we'll still have the Sunday strip.

twickster
12-06-2006, 09:16 AM
Bummer. That totally sucks. That's the only strip I read every day.

What Exit?
12-06-2006, 09:19 AM
That will leave me only two daily strips, and I read Dilbert out of habit rather than the humor of the past. Userfriendly (http://www.userfriendly.org/static/) is the only daily I will have that produces a good laugh often.

Spiff
12-06-2006, 09:22 AM
I wonder if Amend is having health problems. Otherwise, why cut back on a popular strip?

Or is he just burning out a la Waterson and Larson?

FatBaldGuy
12-06-2006, 09:32 AM
Mods, upon reflection I probably should have posted this in Cafe Society. If you could oblige I would appreciate it.

Rock n Roach
12-06-2006, 09:44 AM
I came in here thinking that you were going to stop reading it daily.

This is much worse. It's the only comic I read every day. If I've off the computer for a few days, I even catch up on the ones I missed.

Larry Griffin-Kentzel
12-06-2006, 10:05 AM
Off to Cafe Society.

Cajun Man
for the SDMB

N9IWP
12-06-2006, 10:18 AM
Bummer. One of my daily reads.

Brian

brianjedi
12-06-2006, 11:34 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Although admittedly, the Sunday strips are usually better than the dailies.

Runestar
12-06-2006, 11:45 AM
Maybe, but the dailies allow a storyline and character development over the span of 5, 10, or even more days. The Sunday strips are almost always just stand-alone jokes. They're only funny because the daily strips allow you to understand where the characters are coming from.

One of my favorite strips too - <cries>. Why do all the good cartoonists quit, and the bad ones go on forever?

RealityChuck
12-06-2006, 12:52 PM
Pretty sad, especially since my newspaper will undoubtedly replace it with some "family oriented" piece of crap like "One Big Happy."

ultrafilter
12-06-2006, 12:55 PM
It is a shame, but it brings us one step closer to the complete collection. That'll be a great (big) book.

One of my favorite strips too - <cries>. Why do all the good cartoonists quit, and the bad ones go on forever?

If the good ones didn't quit, they'd become the bad ones who go on forever. Remember, even Garfield used to be funny.

John DiFool
12-06-2006, 01:05 PM
Bill emailed me once, implying that he would be hanging it up when his current contract ended.

Well looks like it ended. Glad he decided to stick with Sunday-onlies, tho I wonder how many
papers will drop Foxtrot completely once the dailies are no longer made?

Tangent
12-06-2006, 01:14 PM
It is a shame, but it brings us one step closer to the complete collection. That'll be a great (big) book.

I'll be first in line. Foxtrot has been my favorite comic strip since Calvin & Hobbes ended. :(

I teach high school physics and Amend (a physics major in college) has provided a lot of good, geeky, laughs for me and my students. I sometimes include one of his strips on the last page of my tests. At one point I had a whole bulletin board filled with science-related comic strips (many of them brought to me by my students) and probably over 70% of them were Foxtrot strips.

At least we still have Sundays.

Absolute
12-06-2006, 01:19 PM
Oh man! The first thing I do in the morning is read Foxtrot and Dilbert.

Anne Neville
12-06-2006, 01:40 PM
Bummer :(

What Exit?
12-06-2006, 02:07 PM
If the good ones didn't quit, they'd become the bad ones who go on forever. Remember, even Garfield used to be funny.
I remember when Garfield was funny. I think it was the early Eighties. He was much better than Heathcliff. Is that rotten egg gone now?

For anyone in the computer world, I recommend UserFriendly (http://UserFriendly.org) very much. You can read all the way back to the first strip if you want. Look for occasional homages to Bloom County and Cthulu references.

Jim

Lynn Bodoni
12-06-2006, 02:09 PM
Damn. I'll miss Jason and Quincy. I won't miss Paige very much, but Foxtrot has been pretty consistently funny over the years.

mobo85
12-06-2006, 02:15 PM
Is that rotten egg gone now?

Heathcliff is still around, outliving his creator, George Gately.

Damn. I'll miss Jason and Quincy. I won't miss Paige very much

This sounds like it was written by Jason himself.

I'll miss FoxTrot too. Here's hoping that Amend finds something to occupy himself with, but I'm glad he's still doing it weekly in the meantime- I'm still waiting for Dave Barry to come back!

Birdmonster
12-06-2006, 03:54 PM
I echo the various "drat"s and "damn"s. At least we'll have Get Fuzzy. And---this goes without saying---Mary Worth.

Wolfian
12-06-2006, 05:08 PM
If the good ones didn't quit, they'd become the bad ones who go on forever.
My thoughts exactly. Its' been a good ride.

kittenblue
12-06-2006, 09:41 PM
This is so not fair. Whatever happened to the days when cartoonists worked until they died and then went into repeats? I am seriously bummed.

Clark K
12-07-2006, 12:46 AM
About time.

I was seriously thinking about starting a thread on how bad the strip has gotten. Aside from Jason's references to pop culture, I can't think of any new jokes or developments this strip has offered in five years.

It was very entertaining once, but that was long, long ago.

rjung
12-07-2006, 01:11 AM
I'll disagree with Clark K and say that FoxTrot continues to be a font of amusement, and will be missed.

Still, I can see where Bill Amend might be feeling burned out and wants to do something different. Doesn't mean I have to like it, though.

Arnold Winkelried
12-07-2006, 01:53 AM
Fox Trot still gives me frequent amusement, but I'll add my vote to the others who think it's a good thing to quit while your strip is still funny. I don't think it is in the power of anyone, however talented, to keep a strip funny for 10 or 15 years, let alone a longer period of time. Even Calvin and Hobbes were starting to become stale near the end.

For those who are looking for an online comic strip, I recommend Sluggy Freelance (http://www.sluggy.com) which still manages good punch lines after almost 10 years. It will take a while to get acclimated to it, if you are a new reader, since the characters are numerous and there are many references to past plotlines. But you can read it from the beginning at the website.

rjung
12-08-2006, 03:54 PM
I dunno, I still read Sluggy daily, but I definitely feel Pete's not as funny as he was in he earlier years (just go back to the first "Dimension of Pain" story arc for an example). Too much of a tendency to try and write "deeper" stories, if ya asks me. The Suicide Bikini Saturday fill-in strips are more Sluggy Classic, as a counterexample.

Shoeless
12-08-2006, 04:59 PM
I hope before the dailies stop, he wraps up the mystery of what ever happened to that nice blind girl that Peter was dating. She just sort of dropped off the face of the earth.

Tanbarkie
12-08-2006, 05:34 PM
That's sad. I haven't read newspaper comics in a while, not having a subscription, but Foxtrot was one of the few good ones left after the Great Comic Exodus that claimed C&H and The Far Side.

I dunno, I still read Sluggy daily, but I definitely feel Pete's not as funny as he was in he earlier years (just go back to the first "Dimension of Pain" story arc for an example). Too much of a tendency to try and write "deeper" stories, if ya asks me. The Suicide Bikini Saturday fill-in strips are more Sluggy Classic, as a counterexample.

I think Pete does a fine job when he writes dramatic arcs that are character-driven rather than plot-driven. The recent Shadow World story was as good as anything in the early years, but Oceans Unmoving was a big soggy mess.

But the real problem with Sluggy these days is that it's just not funny anymore. At some point, Pete forgot how to write jokes wherein the punchline is anything other than "hyuck hyuck ______ is a total moron!"

Ukulele Ike
12-08-2006, 06:07 PM
.....what ever happened to that nice blind girl that Peter was dating. She just sort of dropped off the face of the earth.




.....Nahhhhhhh.

Too easy.

eleanorigby
12-08-2006, 06:25 PM
I really like this strip. I like the kids and the goofy reference the cartoonist puts in (he is usually on the front page of the newspaper or magazine one of the characters is reading).

I like the mom-a very honest portrayal.

It's sad that the funny papers aren't funny anymore. How do things like Dondi and Nancy survive? WHEN will they die? And if I could have one lousy wish-I would take that Brenda Starr skank and bitch-slap her right outta the paper....

Garfield should be drowned, along with the entire Family Circus. I'm sure there are others.

Too bad about this strip, though. damn.

WordMan
12-08-2006, 06:46 PM
Shoot - I used to work with Bill Amend's girlfriend, but have lost track with her...

Kinda bizarre to go from "oh, hey, good news - my boyfriend's comic is getting picked up in newspapers!" to it getting retired...

man, I'm old.

Clothahump
12-08-2006, 11:39 PM
That will leave me only two daily strips, and I read Dilbert out of habit rather than the humor of the past. Userfriendly (http://www.userfriendly.org/static/) is the only daily I will have that produces a good laugh often.

UserFriendly is the number one comic on my bookmark list. It is followed by Irregular Webcomic (http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/) ,
The Whiteboard (http://www.the-whiteboard.com/), Sinfest (http://www.sinfest.net/) ,Something Positive (http://www.somethingpositive.net/) and Questionable Content (http://www.questionablecontent.net/) .

Who needs coffee when you read all that first thing in the morning?

Quiddity Glomfuster
12-09-2006, 03:57 AM
There's always Ballard Street http://www.comics.com/creators/ballardst/archive/ballardst-20061108.html

van Amerongen has always cracked me up.

KJ
12-09-2006, 04:20 AM
Awwww. Rats. FoxTrot has got to me my favorite comic strip; I was just reading one of my FoxTrot books before I read this. This is disappointing news, but hopefully the Sunday strips will be higher quality.

Fiveroptic
12-09-2006, 06:04 AM
.....what ever happened to that nice blind girl that Peter was dating. She just sort of dropped off the face of the earth.

.....Nahhhhhhh.

Too easy.

Aww, come on, Ike, make it a double-shot because I kinda wondered the same thing about the blind girlfriend...except I forgot that I wondered until Shoeless brought it up.

HeyHomie
12-09-2006, 10:40 AM
Ugh. That sucks.

That means there's going to be another gap in the local rag's comics section, which they'll undoubtedly fill with more bland crap like "Mutts."

Khampelf
12-10-2006, 06:39 PM
Add me to the daily readers lamenting this development. I hope my local doesn't drop the sunday strip.

Chronos
12-10-2006, 09:13 PM
I'm disappointed, but not particularly surprised. Is it just me, or has Amend been taking a lot of vacations and re-running old strips the past few years?

And am I the only one who remembers absolutely nothing about Peter dating a blind girl? I've been reading it every day for at least 5 or 6 years, and I don't remember seeing that ever come up.

Inner Stickler
12-10-2006, 11:18 PM
Denise (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FoxTrot#Denise_Russo)? If you're as unobservant as I am, for a long time you may have thought he just was dating someone with a propensity for sunglasses.