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We're looking for feedback for The Gazette's comics page again.
That's where you come in: We'll be running a campaign over the next six days to tell us to keep Phoebe and her Unicorn, or vote to replace the strip with one of four other choices.
Feedback has told us that Phoebe, who has been on the page just over a year, might not have caught on. I want to ask you what you think.
We'll run a series of four extra strips in the news section beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday. You can vote to keep Phoebe or opt to replace with one of the four other strips.
The ballot will run underneath those comics each day, or you can vote online at thegazette.com/comicvote. We're asking for a limit of one vote per person.
The winner will be announced April 24, and the strip will start appearing in May.
Candidates on our ballot
To help inform the electorate, here are the candidate bios:
Luann: Luann is a strip about the trials of becoming a young adult. The strip is known for its characters and intriguing storylines and has taken on serious issues, including peer pressure and love. The strip is the work of Greg Evans, who debuted it in 1985 as he watched his daughter grow up. His daughter now helps write the strip.
Duplex: This comic features Eno, a bachelor, and his dog, Fang, who live in a duplex. Their manly world is turned upside down with the arrival of Gina and her poodle, Mitzi, who move into the neighboring unit. The strip launched in 1993 and is the work of brothers Glenn and Gary McCoy. The strip has garnered a variety of awards throughout its run.
Big Nate: Nate Wright is an 11-year-old self-described genius and sixth-grade Renaissance Man who lives with his dad and older sister. Nate holds the record for number of detentions at school and is known for his sarcasm. The strip is drawn by Lincoln Peirce, who uses his own childhood memories and experiences as a New York City art teacher to influence the strip.
Jump Street: The strip features a big-city cop and nurse wife and their family. The family-oriented strip has been around since 1989. The strip currently appears in our Sunday comics section, but we're wondering if it should be expanded into the daily page.
Changes to come
I'll be back over the next few weekends to announce several other exciting changes to the Sunday newspaper. The improvements are geared at adding content and adding to the enjoyment and value of our Sunday newspaper.
Thanks for reading.