‘Prickly’ Reaction to ‘Mallard’ Pulling by ‘Houston Chron’

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By: E&P Staff

Hundreds of readers complained after the Houston Chronicle dropped the conservative “Mallard Fillmore” last week, even though the paper replaced the strip with the another conservative comic — “Prickly City.”

“The story announcing that ‘Mallard Fillmore’ was being replaced did not report that the strip could be viewed in color on Chron.com/comics. However, that information was of little or no consolation to readers who want to read the comic strip in the print edition,” Chronicle Readers’ Representative James Campbell wrote on Saturday.

Campbell also quote Chronicle Editor Jeff Cohen as saying: “One of our goals is to keep the comics fresh. ‘Prickly City’ is drawn by a leading conservative political cartoonist. It’s a strip often off the news, with a strong point of view and it has a leavening dose of charm. Change is never easy, but we hope readers will give ‘Prickly City’ a chance.”

“Prickly City” is by Scott Stantis of Universal Press Syndicate. “Mallard Fillmore” is by Bruce Tinsley of King Features Syndicate.

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