Two widely popular comic strips and a new cartoon getting raves around the world are coming to Johnson City Press next week.
Debuting in the Monday, Sept. 1, edition, will be:
• “Pearls Before Swine” by artist Stephan Pastis, a strip about “two friends, a megalomaniacal Rat who thinks he knows it all and a slow-witted Pig who doesn’t know any better” making caustic commentary on “humanity’s quest for the unattainable.” Other cast characters include Goat, the reluctant intellectual, and the Zeeba Zeeba Eata Fraternity of Crocodiles.
• “Big Nate” by cartoonist/writer Lincoln Pierce, appears in over 200 newspapers and has spawned a book empire based on the adventures of P.S. 38 sixth grader Nate Wright. Nate’s world includes a large cast of characters both at school and home. Nate has quite a reputation, particularly with Jenny, his main crush, and for his mayhem and pranks with best friends Francis and Teddy.
• “Wumo” is named after the last names of creators, comedic writer Mikael Wulff and illustrator Anders Morgenthaler, both of Denmark. The comic is a hilariously irreverent look at the world and has been named one of the best strips in Europe. The pair also dabbles in stand-up comedy, animated sitcoms, cooking and movie directing.
There’s no cast in Wumo — just a joke a day.
“Periodically, we look at our comic offerings and try to freshen up the page a bit,” Managing Editor John Molley said. “We think now’s the right time, particularly since we’ve made no changes in years and the newer comics out there are being so well-received.”
Comics leaving the Press will be “Get Fuzzy,” “The Grizwells” and “Gasoline Alley.”
“These strips have tracked near the bottom in popularity with our readers for the last several years,” Molley said. “We hope the updates catch on quickly.”
The Sunday color comics lineup will not change.