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September 28, 2007


Go, Read: Alan Gardner Compiles Three Pieces on Three Major Industry Trends

Alan Gardner has smartly pulled together three articles identifying general newspaper industry trends with an obvious and perhaps sooner-than-you-think impact on the newspaper comics field. Those trends are: smaller newspaper (which I admit hadn't occurred to me at all), a move to more free dailies (with a possible benefit for cartoonists) and fewer print newspapers period as on-line content settles in for the long haul. I agree with Gardner that such trends will not threaten comic strip syndication directly, but should have an impact on other factors such as the number of markets and the potential for more local cartoon hires.
 
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