Should the Funny Pages Look Like the News?

Newspaper comic strips have an uncanny relationship to the flow of time. They can function like historical records—I remember doing deep dives into my father’s Doonesbury collections as a kid, attempting to reconstruct the Watergate scandal from the mostly inscrutable punchlines—but they are also an incredibly ephemeral medium. The vast majority of a strip’s audience will read it once, on the day it’s published, and never again.

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