By Evan Manvel of Portland, Oregon. Evan is an activist who works on livability issues and much more when he's not saving comic strips from oblivion.
THE SHORT VERSION
The Oregonian is revamping its comics pages. They’re trying to kill Sylvia. We need YOU to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them Sylvia should stay, while suggesting up to four other comics to spike.
THE LONGER VERSION
The O has a two-part process; starting with killing off some strips – and have targeted, among other strips, Sylvia.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Sylvia is often the most cutting-edge, political strip of the day. It brings political news up in a funny way, while also sometimes being about living at home with your dogs or mom or whatever. Sometimes it’s not so funny. But when it is, it’s brilliant. And it’s that cutting-edge liberalism that probably makes it one of the “most-disliked” strips and ready to be axed by the O.
For a good example, saying Donald Rumsfeld was a "Momma's Boy" visit:
Or for one that nails the Bush appointee to the FDA Reproductive Health Advisory Committee who thinks that PMS is best dealth with with prayer and bible study:
POSSIBLE TALKING POINTS
* Sylvia is one of my favorite comics. It speaks to me and where I’m at in my life.
* Sylvia is unlike any other comic. It’s witty, feminist, thought-provoking, strange and obtuse. Just because some people don’t get it (and sometimes, like all strips, the humor doesn’t quite come together) doesn’t mean it should leave.
* The purpose of selecting the comics for the comics page should not be to avoid certain strips that are “most-disliked.” People can skip over those comics if they don’t like them. The point should be to have a good mixture of comics for people’s various tastes. Using the lowest-common denominator will only make the comics all look the same.
* There are lots of comics that can go; yes, Cathy among them. You should also replace “Curtis” with The Boondocks. Garfield and the Wizard of Id are past their prime as well.
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