‘Lio’ and ‘Pearls’ Among Comics Replacing Daily ‘FoxTrot’

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By: Dave Astor

A variety of comics are replacing “FoxTrot,” which went from daily/Sunday to Sunday-only on Dec. 31.

A random sampling shows that the daily “FoxTrot” — by Bill Amend of Universal Press Syndicate — has been replaced more than once by “Lio” and “Pearls Before Swine,” among other comics.

“Lio” — by Mark Tatulli of Universal — is succeeding the daily “FoxTrot” in newspapers such as The Kansas City (Mo.) Star; The Decatur (Ala.) Daily; The Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.; and The San Francisco Chronicle (which also added the “Bliss” panel by Harry Bliss of Tribune Media Services).

“Pearls Before Swine” — by Stephan Pastis of United Media — has been picked up by papers such as the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; and The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Also, the daily “FoxTrot” was replaced by “Pooch Cafe” (Paul Gilligan/Universal) in The Washington Post; “Stone Soup” (Jan Eliot/Universal) in The News-Review of Roseburg, Ore.; “The Pajama Diaries” (Terri Libenson/King Features Syndicate) in the St. Petersburg Times; “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” (John Hambrock/King) in the Houston Chronicle; “Get Fuzzy” (Darby Conley/United) in the El Paso (Texas) Times; “Over the Hedge” (Michael Fry and T Lewis/United) in The Charleston (W.V.) Gazette); “Diesel Sweeties” (Richard Stevens/United) in The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.; and “Day by Day” (Chris Muir) in the North County Times of Escondido, Calif. “Day by Day” is an online strip that also has print clients.

Some papers are testing comics as daily “FoxTrot” replacements. For instance, The Flint (Mich.) Journal has begun running “Get Fuzzy”on a trial basis; the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch will show readers strips such as “Lio”; and the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, Calif., will test comics such as “F Minus” by Tony Carrillo of United.

Also, The Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore., is testing comics such as “Mother Goose & Grimm” by Mike Peters of King and “Lio”; and The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., is testing “Lio,” “Pearls Before Swine,” “Zits” by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman of King, and “One Big Happy” by Rick Detorie of Creators Syndicate.

The Record of Hackensack, N.J., and the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J. (which share a parent company) are giving four comics consecutive four-week trials. They include “Pickles” by Brian Crane of the Washington Post Writers Group (starting yesterday), “Baby Blues” by Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman of King (starting Jan. 29), “Lio” (starting Feb. 26), and “Mutts” by Patrick McDonnell of King (starting March 26). After that, The Record and Herald News readers can vote for their favorite of the four as a permanent replacement.

The daily and Sunday “FoxTrot” was one of only about 15 comics with more than 1,000 newspapers.

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