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  1. It’s just an unholy coincidence. I sincerely doubt that Greg Evans is keeping track of the reruns at GoComics and timing his new material based on what is happening in the “classic” feature, and there is absolutely no chance that GoComics is watching over that new material and scheduling the re-runs to match. None of those “classic” features is edited, monitored, or reviewed in any way. The re-runs appear without any regard to the date (or season) in which they originally appeared. Christmas in May? Sundays on Thursday? GoComics doesn’t care about anything, except for increasing their advertising revenue by artificially inflating the number of separate features they appear to run.

  2. The strip Preteena reached the end of the latest rerun cycle. It’s substantially out of sequence with the calendar, and will be even more so in the next go-around. People in comments were suggesting that they do selected ones until they could restart in sync. No. GC doesn’t do anything like that. From prior communication, they’ve told me that web site just takes the strip for that day from the responsible source controller, usually a syndicate, and runs it. If they don’t get one, it doesn’t run.

    My understanding from recent events is that the website crew is pretty small, and they’re much up to their eyeballs in trying to get the troll situation contained. Which seems to be working to a degree. The trolls that had infested Big Nate were trying to “colonize” other strips like Calvin and Hobbes and such, but that seems to have ended.

  3. “The re-runs appear without any regard to the date (or season) in which they originally appeared.”
    Generally, you’re right, Kilby. I find it irritating to have Xmas comics in summertime. But there is at least one exception — Peanuts.

  4. Roland’s earrings were in the Funky Winkerbean mid-strip flashback on Sunday. I expect Shoe to get an earring next.

  5. @ Brian – If GoComics wants to get rid of trolls, the first step would be to eliminate the odious “featured comment” shown directly below the strips. That is simply an open invitation for the foil hat idiots to espouse their vitriol and be rewarded with visible Internet real-estate.

    P.S. @ Boise Ed – Another exception to the rule is “Calvin & Hobbes”. The synchronization isn’t perfect, but both of those two strips do run just a few days offset from their original dates. One possible contributing factor is that they both ended on (or just after) the end of the year, but I think the real reason is that both of these two re-runs are still in active syndication, and the syndicates were careful enough to keep them “in season”. Given the frequency in which (for instance) snow and snowmen are featured in both, this was definitely a good idea. Almost all of the other “classic” features are merely superfluous inventions by GoComics, and are not being offered to newspapers.

  6. Both of these strips are dated 8/29 so they might actually be coordinated!

    Also, every time I type ‘a’ or ‘d’, WordPress is bringing up the two strips in full-page carousel view. It’s extremely annoying.

  7. @ Powers – I had not noticed that the “classic” date was handwritten. That strip was originally published on 29-Aug-1994, and that (massively) increases the likelihood that Greg Evans did indeed have his eye on his own archive when he penned the new strip. It also reveals that my snide remarks about GoComics scheduling do not apply to “Luann Againn”, which has been running for nine years, and is synchronized precisely (to the same day), exactly 28 years after the original strips appeared. Mea culpa!

  8. Mitch4, that seems to have worked, or else something else got reset by my navigating away from CIDU and now back.

  9. GoComics has tried banned word lists, which sometimes are puzzling. For a time at least, “spices” was banned but not “spice”. Not sure why either would be on it. The list is trivially easy to circumvent because GC will accept some HTML entities, including the “Zero width space”:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-width_space

    So you can stick that in a word to divide it without appearing to. I’m not sure if it works on WordPress, so here is a test: spi​ces.

  10. @ Brian – One of the moderation triggers here at CIDU is the word “su​cks“. If you can see this comment, then the ZWS character in the middle has defeated the filter.

    P.S. @ Editors – If this comment does land in moderation, please do not release it, but delete it instead.

  11. P.P.P.S. Neither of those HTML elementS appears to be supported by the Safari browser on my system. I have no idea how Brian inserted the NWS in his “spices”, but it did work there.

  12. I don’t know if I could have used 0 spaces in showing the entity, or if it would get all mixed up. Probably not, but let’s try: &​#​8203​;

  13. And in this one, the memory scenes in panel 1 seem to me to be drawn in something like his earlier style (as we now would find in the Luann Againn strips), not just younger versions of the characters but in the current mature style.

  14. This is no different than watching old TV shows in reruns which runs over and over and over and they never thought that anyone would be able to compare what happens in later episode to earlier ones.

    And as I write this Season 6, Episode 19 of original Law and Order is on – yet again – and I have it on – yet again as all I want is some noise on – and I gave up here looking here for something new or at least newer.

  15. Meryl, sometimes I am unaware of the original broadcast year of some series I am now following on streaming, and they will have a secondary single-episode character played by an actor who I immediately recognize as the central figure of some other series. Probably a later series, unless they go with “special guest star” billing. In the world of British crime/police dramas there have been many such cross-appearances; among the first that I noticed was Michael Kitchen of Foyle’s War (2002-2015) appearing on Inspector Morse (s6.e3, 1992). In a 2007 episode of “The Last Detective” that I began last night (so don’t tell me the ending!) we get Jason Watkins as something like a corrupt crime-involved literary agent; he is one of the two leads in an apparently still-active series McDonald & Dodds (2020-2022).

  16. Robert has been caught in reruns of “The Waltons” lately. When the series was on originally he would not watch it. At the present time the fact of where it takes place (though not filmed there) is what he got him interested in it. It runs with a similar plot – more or less- to the older movie “Spencer’s Mountain” a movie we both like. This is not surprising as both are from the creator.

    He gets – hmmm, – annoyed? caught up in? in the changes of story line in the plots from one episode to another. I pointed out to him that when the TV shows from the 1950s…. 1970s were made they did not expect for anyone to necessarily see the episodes again after the summer reruns. It was not expected that the show would run every day for several hours a day in reruns which brings the episodes so close together that differences in plot or characters – their personalities, backstories, actors playing them, what has happened to them, what they have done etc would become obvious.

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