Have You Seen these New Strips?

I’ll post more The General strips tomorrow, but today I have a question. I’m just trying to get up to date, checking all the online syndicate sites. As usual, I found a crop of new strips listed there. Since these sites often include features that are presented online only, and therefore don’t qualify for Stripper’s Guide listings, could you folks tell me if you’ve seen any of these printed in a newspaper:

Pajama Diaries
Cow And Boy
Little Dee
Dog Eat Doug
F Minus
The Humble Stumble
On A Claire Day
The Meaning of Lila

The first two can be found on the King Features site, the rest on Comics.com (links in the sidebar).

If you know, on the other hand, that any of these are definitely online only comics, I’d appreciate if you could drop me a line on that too. Thanks!

18 comments on “Have You Seen these New Strips?

  1. THE MEANING OF LILA is carried by the LA Times and a few others. I think the Seattle Post Intelligencer carries RETAIL in their print edition but am not sure; it is carried among their online comics.

    All of these are fairly new except THE HUMBLE STUMBLE, which has been around at least a year or two. Of them, I heartily recommend RETAIL, DOG EAT DOUG (cute pet & baby strip), and THE MEANING OF LILA.

  2. Hi Buzz –
    Thanks for confirming Lila! I went to get a start date on it, but the archive on Comics Extra starts on a Friday (3/18/05). Anybody know when it started?

    As to quality, yeah, the Lila strip looks good though the art is a little too ‘computery’ for my tastes. Dog Eat Doug, though, wow! Nice stuff.

    And can anybody out Seattle way confirm Retail for us?


  3. I know I’ve seen The Humble Stumble in the pages of the Chicago Tribune. Don’t know the exact start date, but fairly certain it was sometime last September when the Trib dropped Agnes and Out of the Gene Pool. It may have premiered on the Sunday they started running the reprints of Calvin and Hobbes, if that helps at all…

  4. I just finished reading the Tempo section of today’s Trib – Dog Eat Doug is also part of the lineup. I suspected this is where I had seen it before. No idea when it started.

    Also, On a Claire Day is filling in for Cathy in the Trib. Cathy can stay on vacation, if you ask me…

  5. For what it’s worth, The Meaning of Lila was dropped by the L.A. Times earlier this year to make way for Lio. It started its run mid to late 2004.

  6. Matt – Lio? Haven’t seen that one. I’ll do a search…

    On A Claire Day is definitely incomplete on Comics Extra, have sent the creators an email asking for a start date.

    And thanks for the Dog Eat Doug start date, anonymous.


  7. On a Claire Day is a great strip – kind of an updated Cathy, but with much better writing. i thnk it’ll do well.

  8. forgot to mention paper – On a Claire Day is running up here in the Portsmouth Herald (NH). It won a recent poll they put on

  9. I’ll start with the strips I have seen
    and have tearsheets from the papers:
    “Retail” – began January 1, 2006
    Albuquerque Journal – March 23, 2006
    “The Meaning of Lila” – Sept. 13, 2006
    L.A.Times -began running on Sept. 13, ’06 and ran until recently, have a few
    “The Pajama Diaries” -began March 27, 2006
    Sacramento Bee – March 28, 2008
    “Lio” – began May 15, 2006
    L.A.Times – July 22, 2006 (may have
    replaced Lila which is not in that
    edition of the L.A.Times.

    “Little Dee” – web only

    The following have appeared in various
    papers according to contributors of
    the racs usenet list.
    “The Humble Stumble” – began August 15, 2006.
    The Detroit Freep – pre April 10, 2006.
    “Dog Eat Doug” – began Nov. 14, 2005
    St. Petersburg Times, Buffalo News,
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    “On A Clair Day” – began April 3, 2006
    Portsmouth Herald
    “F Minus” – began April 17, 2006
    Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times
    “Cow and Boy” – began January 2, 2006
    No one has reported seeing this in a

    The newest syndicated comic strip is
    “Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop” which began on July 30, 2006. It is a Sunday
    only strip from KFS and according to an on-line article from The Deseret News began in that paper July 30th.

    Between that 2004 “Lila” strip and now
    there are a number of new strips you
    don’t mention. Perhaps the most popular is Harry Bliss’ “Bliss” panel
    which run in a number of papers.



  10. Thanks very much for all the start dates, DD! Not all new strips were in the presented list because some I have been able to verify on my own. Regarding “Bliss”, that’s an odd one. I found a sample on the Tribune corporate site, but I could find it on none of the subscription sites, including those featuring Tribune material. Is it just that new?


  11. “Bliss” began September 5, 2005.

    Just got a few papers that are running some of the above strips, all papers
    are dated July 25, 2006:
    Minneaplois Star Tribune – F Minus.
    St. Paul Pioneer Press – Dog Eat Doug and Lio.
    Denver Post – The Meaning of Lila, Dog Eat Doug, F Minus, and A Lawyer a Doctor and a Cop.
    Rocky Mountain News – The Pajama Diaries, Lio, Retail, and Cow & Boy.

  12. Correction: “The Meaning of Lila”
    I wrote September 13, 2006.
    Should be September 13, 2004.


  13. And for the third in a row…my newspaper, Daily Yomiuri, runs “Bliss”. That’s a Japanese-American newspaper, but it runs in print at least somewhere, and maybe others, too.

  14. Hi Charles –
    Regarding the Shelburne Falls Independent , it is a biweekly newsletter sort of thing. Doesn’t qualify as a newspaper for Stripper’s Guide purposes. I bought a copy of the Little Dee book, though, cause the strip looks pretty good. Thanks for the link!


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