“Foxtrot” to cease daily strips, goes to Sundays only.

Oh no! My favorite comic strip is going to become a once a week feature:

“After spending close to half of my life writing and drawing FoxTrot cartoons, I think it’s time I got out of the house and tried some new things,” said Amend. “I love cartooning and I absolutely want to continue doing the strip, just not at the current all-consuming pace. I’ve been blessed over the years with a terrific syndicate, patient newspaper clients, and more support from readers than I probably deserve, and I want to assure them all that while I’ll be now a less-frequent participant on the comics pages, I’ll continue to treat my visits as the special privilege they are.”

Amend, who started the strip in April, 1988, and who has more than 1,000 client newspapers, is taking time to pursue other creative outlets. “In addition to Sunday newspapers, we may see FoxTrot entertaining us in other kinds of media platforms,” says Lee Salem, president and editor of Universal Press Syndicate.

I loves me some Foxtrot and it’s disappointing to hear the dailies are going away, but I can’t blame Bill Amend for wanting to do something different with his time after so many years. The possibility that we may see the strip show up in other forms, perhaps a TV special or two, is some small consolation.

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