“…nothing remains quite the same”.

Jimmy Buffett wrote those great lyrics many years ago and they still hold true. Change is in the wind for SUNSHINE STATE as well as this will be the last “daily” post of the strip for a while as I make adjustments to the ever changing comic strip market.

Let’s face it, the daily newspapers are in the toilet. They are slashing the comics pages and cutting corners wherever they can. The good news is that weekly and free (advertiser supported papers) are thriving!

We picked up a bunch of papers right out of the gate, but of all the papers only one was a daily. Since October, I’ve been producing a daily strip for only one paper! Not economically feasible.

Now, before we all get depressed thinking this is the end of Mel and Dink and the gang…fear not! This is just the end of the beginning. Efforts are being focused now on the weekly Funnies Extra papers which I think just might be the future for print comics. If all goes well with the Funnies Extra launches then we will refocus our attentions on the traditional daily papers. We’re hoping to be able to begin that process by the end of summer.

In the meantime, I will be putting together the past years strips into book form and over the next 6 weeks, here on the website, I will run many never before seen SUNDAY comics which I think you will get a kick out of.

Like a batter in a slump you make adjustments at the plate to stay in the game. The game is still on and we are only in the bottom of the first so stick around gang. The best is yet to come!


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  1. Moth

    I’ve only seen one of those free comics/ad things in one local hole-in-the-wall restaurant in my life and I’ve never seen anyone actually read or take them. If Kellogg does manage to get people to buy into it good for him and you I suppose. I love your art in Rex Morgan by the way.

  2. Graham

    That decision really baffles me, Gene. I’ve even contacted the editor myself and all I got was crickets.

  3. Gene

    Graham, our local daily is so hard up they run Heathcliff. Jeez, Mel oughta be in the Melbourne rag.

    Good luck with the changes!

  4. frankm

    Yup, rough times ahead for daily print, but the comics (and information delivery) model continues to evolve, so glad to see you ride the wave instead of moping on the beach.

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