Something funny happened to comics!
The Guardian launches the all new ‘Pause and Play’ section, which includes new cartoons and puzzles
Dear Reader: We have had some fun with your funnies pages! As you will recall we asked you, and other readers across the TC Media group of newspapers, which includes The Guardian, to help us choose a slate of 10 comics from a large selection of options. And you told us.
Thank you to all who participated in our polling. We also puzzled over our puzzles — and we found the solution.
Today, we start anew with “Pause and Play,” which we hope you will enjoy.
Some fun and games takes a bit of time to get used to, so we are asking you to take the coming days to digest the changes.
This is all in lead up to the launch of a massive fun and games section on our web and mobile sites.
More news on that to come, so stay tuned!
You may ask how we came to our decisions and what readers had to say. Here are some points we would like to share:
– We used the Top 5 comics as selected by readers.
– We consulted experts to analyze national and international popularity of comics.
– We split the choices evenly between so-called "legacy" and "contemporary” titles. There are many new voices out there and we wanted to share. Some comics, like For Better or For Worse, had been in re-runs for more than seven years. We chose to bring you fresh laughs instead.
– We have included Between Friends because it's a wonderful strip by Canadian Sandra Bell Lundy.
The list is very family-oriented, which matches our reader profiles.
The new comics list includes: Blondie, Hagar, Zits, Family Circus, Hi & Lois, Baby Blues, Mother Goose, Dustin, Bizarro and Between Friends.
Our list of puzzles includes the Daily Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, Word Sleuth, Jumble as well as your Canadian Bridge game. The Guardian is proud to say we have a second “Pause and Play” that includes the Daily Horoscope. Ellie as well as the venerable Daily Cryptoquote.
Pause. Play. Enjoy.
This is a look at some of the faces you will be seeing in The Guardian’s new “Pause and Play” section of the newspaper, which launches today.