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Yes, this strip was still running. As of this June, however, it will end.
Well, it had an 86-year run, so that's not bad. (Note that the strip was on hiatus from 1974 to 1979, replaced with reruns during that time)
I'm surprised anything can get cancelled. The Katzenjammer Kids is still in production and that dates to the 19th century.
How will they wrap this up? Will they even have time? They should be working on June's strips right now. Annie's been through a lot of adventures and sold a lot of Ovaltine; it'd be anitclimactic if she just abruptly said "Bye".
The Chicago Tribune stopped carrying the Annie strip in 1992.
I will surely miss the strip, but will Gasoline Alley or Brenda Starr or Dick Tracy or Gil Thorp or Broom Hilda be next on the Tribune comic strip distribution retirement list?
Anyway, it's sad when a comic strip ends. Perhaps Annie will return someday in one form or another (animated series, webisodes, Fantagraphics collection series, etc.).
Good-bye, Annie. The Daily News funny paper section just won't be the same without you.
EDIT: Uh-oh. http://http://www.gocomics.com/annie/2010/06/06/ This does NOT look good!
Last edited by PeppeRaskell1; 06-06-2010 at 10:35 PM.
"Legends never die. Networks kill them..."
"This is my childhood. Don't mess with my childhood..."
"You just became part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet..."
I just saw the final Annie strip online The final words were "And this is where we leave our Annie, for now..."
So it ends with some Annie being kidnapped by some guy called the "Butcher of the Balkans?" Yeah, that's closure. I'm sure they only did that because they hope to bring it back in some form eventually.
I don't know, in a way, I think it's entirely appropriate to end Little Orphan Annie on a cliffhanger, seeing as it was such a reliable staple of the strip for so long. I don't think it's a sign that they want to bring her back somehow as much as it's just a signal that This Is How Things Work for her. I viewed the endings to The Incredibles and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited the same way -- while the door's open, I don't think either crew really has any plans to go back to that territory.
For anyone in the New York City area: What comic strip takes over the vacated Annie place in the Daily News comics pages?
I am shocked that in 2007 the Daily News dropped Classic Peanuts for good seven years after Peanuts ceased but why couldn't the Daily News reinstate it nor reinstate dropped since 2008 the For Better or For Worse comic strip?
Yes, elderly people are really the only ones who muster outrage if the comics section is changed (the reason why nearly every crappy comic out there still runs), but why not try something new instead of reruns of a dead comic? That's what collections are for if you really want to see it again.
Anyways, for those who haven't seen it yet, the final strip:
Part of me just thinks it would be interesting to re-launch the strip years later, with Annie becoming a trained assassin under the "Butcher," taking down the leaders of the military-industrial complex, until the next target on her list is one "Daddy" Warbucks and things go from there
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