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Thanks for the various comments. We're still gathering feedback. So far, we've heard from people who love Mutts and people who hate it. We ask only that people give the strip a few weeks to more fully judge it. We also are looking at some other comic strips a few people have suggested.
A few of those who want Fred Basset back suggest we drop Frank and Ernest instead. What do you think of this longtime strip?
it's definite a bore. at least fred had a bit of humor in it. go back and get the wizard of id. it was great.
SugarMagnolia took the words right out of my mouth! I started following Get Fuzzy when the Austin American-Stateman added it to their lineup. Sometimes I laugh until I cry! Please check out Get Fuzzy and consider adding it in the future!
Thanks for the feedback. Glad you like "Mutts." We'll take a look at "Get Fuzzy," too. I just got off the phone with a reader who loves "Fred Basset" and is steamed it's not in the paper today. Comics are amazingly personal to some readers, which is a good thing for newspapers. This caller suggests we drop "Frank and Ernest" instead and keep both "Fred Basset" and "Mutts." Maybe we'll do that. Of course, the next call will be be from a "Frank and Ernest" lover.Other reaction out there? Our plan is to test reader reaction for 30 days and then decide how to proceed.
Mr. Cobler - I don't have to wait till morning to tell you that I LOVE MUTTS! I follow Mutts every day in the Houston Chronicle, and it is a wonderful strip! Thank you so much for this addition to the Advocate. I hope that every reader enjoys "Mutts" as much as I do. Patrick McDonnell's strip speaks for many animals, and encourages shelter adoptions with a levity and sensitivity that is never overbearing or preachy. THANK YOU for bringing "Mutts" to the Victoria area. Consider this a feather in your hat.There is also a strip by Darby Conley in the Chronicle called "Get Fuzzy". This is the most hilarious strip, and may also be of interest to your readers. It follows the follies of a surly Siamese cat, a sweet but somewhat dim dog, and their owner, a liberal bachelor. This strip is so funny and very well-made that it has become my favorite. Maybe in the future this could also be added to the VicAd.