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December 5, 2007

Washington Post Shrinks Comics Section

Editor & Publisher notes the latest player in a growing trend towards reducing the comics pages in metropolitan newspapers: the Washington Post will reduces its two Sunday comics section into one, losing Wizard of Id to on-line only status and shrinking a number of other features. As print newspapers scramble to deal with the potentialities of declining ad revenue and the certainties of rising personnel and newsprint prices, comics pages are a prime target for reform. That will in some cases involve shrinking features -- which some people believe is like a radio station offering music but making sure it's available only in mono rather than stereo -- and in other cases may involve dropping a few or several features. This story also has one of the related trends bound to follow this kind of a story: pointing out a strip's web availability now that it's dropped from print.
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