Then, in September, newspaper editors like me got an update. Trudeau wouldn't be coming back to comics pages for several more weeks. And, as I write this, the hiatus is still going on.
"I have hit the wall," Trudeau wrote in a letter sent out to newspapers last month. "This is a painful decision, but as the deadline loomed, I had to finally concede that the demands of completing the show have made it impossible for me to return to the strip on schedule. I deeply regret the inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause you, who have already shown much forbearance and patience through 'Doonesbury's' absence."
I'm sorry Doonesbury fans, but I ran out of patience.
When Trudeau does come back, I have trouble believing he'll give his strip the attention that readers deserve.
The Daily Mail is dropping Doonesbury and picking up a new strip that I hope you'll like.
This is Wumo, a one-panel strip that appears in many of Europe's largest newspapers. It's now getting a big release in the USA.
Wumo got its name from a blend of its creators, comedian Mikael Wulf and illustrator Anders Morgenthaler.
"Wumo celebrates life's absurdity and bittersweet ironies, holding up a funhouse mirror to our modern world and those who live in it."
I read it. I thought it was funny. Wumo starts in the Daily Mail on Nov. 4.
I hope you like it too.
McElhinny is the editor and publisher of the Daily Mail. He may be reached at 304-348-5124, at bra...@
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