‘Arlo & Janis? Turns 25

By: Mark Fitzgerald

“Arlo & Janis,” the comic strip that began as the chronicle of a Baby Boomer couple and its young family, turns 25 on Thursday July 29.

To mark the occasion, writer and artist Jimmy Johnson is re-running some vintage strips during the week in print and online, with commentary included at his Web site.

“I really wanted to do a comic strip about a society of talking dogs, called ‘Baskerville,’ but talking-animal strips were out of favor with newspaper editors at the time, and young families were all the rage,” Johnson wrote on his site Monday. “Most of the family-oriented strips targeted at the baby boomlet of the 80s are gone now, and most of the mega-strips launched since then have involved talking animals, but I’m not complaining. Incidentally, a lot of us are again talking of moving to the country and growing much of what we need.”

“Arlo & Janis” is syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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