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Meet the new kids on comics block; voting ends March 31

March 3, 2014 Updated: March 31, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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Someone loves just about every comic strip on our comics page. But on Sunday, The Gazette introduced some new names into the mix with its first comic survey in more than five years.

Now subscribers will have a chance to check out some of the exciting (and funny) cartoons carried in other newspapers.

On D3 of Monday's print edition, you'll see the mail-in/drop-off ballot that introduces you to eight comics we don't run as well as 17 comics and one puzzle that we do. Weigh in on what you love, hate or simply don't care about either way. And to help make that decision, each day you'll see different strips of the new offerings, just to get the flavor of the strip over time.

What to know more? What follows is some background on the unfamiliar comics as well as cocktail party facts to impress your friends.


Scott Hilburn

Syndicated: 2008

Storyline: No narrative. This single panel comic is where one should expect the unexpected: where animals can talk, the imaginary becomes real and politicians tell the truth.

Something else: On the same day Charlie Sheen partied himself into yet another drama, a prophetic Argyle Sweater cartoon depicting the star's vices appeared in papers across the country.


Dan Piraro

Syndicated: 1985

Storyline: A single panel cartoon. No narrative. Bizarro takes a surreal, satirical and sometimes bizarre look at our idiosyncratic world.

Something else: Aside from creating his popular comic, Piraro does standup comedy and is an avid supporter of animal rights.


Paul Jon Boscacci

Syndicated: 1999

Storyline: A tale of a military family's escapades told from the military brat's point of view.

Something else: The strip recounts the cartoonist's experiences as a military brat and reflects characters Boscacci met during his father's various tours of duty, including one at Fort Knox, Ky.


Wulff & Morgenthaler

Syndicated: 2012

Storyline: No narrative. WuMo celebrates life's absurdity and bittersweet ironies, holding up a funhouse mirror to our modern world and those who live in it.

Something else: Named WuMo after the pair's last names, the irreverent panel appears in the largest papers in northern Europe.


Joe Martin

Syndicated: 1986

Storyline: With no narrative, the strip focuses on Earl, wife Nadine and "wonder dog" Weederman in everyday lives that hop and skip through time and place.

Something else: With multiple strips in circulation, he's a busy man: Martin has published 1,300 jokes yearly and more than 22,000 strips published since 1979.


Bill Bettwy

Syndicated: 2010

Storyline: Ted and Tiff Tinkerson and two children - a naive son, Tillman, and a moody tween daughter, Tweetie -pursue the hopes and dreams of a modern family as they keep afloat in today's economic realities.

Something else: Bettwy started cartooning in high school and at one time produced character design and development for Sony Wonder and Mattel Interactive.


Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker

Syndicated: 2010

Storyline: The Kudlick family - mother Helen, father Ed and daughter Megan - learn how to live with 23-year-old prodigal son Dustin, who is unemployed, unmotivated and fails to see that as a problem.

Something else: Kelley, who writes the strip, is a political cartoonist syndicated in more than 100 papers. Parker, also a political cartoonist, works with Mike Peters on Mother Goose & Grimm.


Rina Piccolo

Syndicated: 2002

Storyline: Tina faces the daily challenges of being a waitress at Pepper's Fine Dining Restaurant and the trial of being a working woman in the 21st century.

Something else: Piccolo, a Toronto native and resident, also draws the syndicated newspaper panel cartoon Six Chix.

Compiled by T.D. Mobley-Martinez,



- Ballots appear in daily features sections and GO! through March 16.

- Voting ends March 31.

- Drop off or mail in your newspaper ballot at The Gazette, 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903. No copies or faxes accepted.

- Votes will be tabulated and at least four new comics will replace the same number of old.

- The new comics page debuts on May 4.

- Send all questions and comments to

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