Some­thing funny hap­pened to comics!

The Guardian launches the all new ‘Pause and Play’ sec­tion, which in­cludes new car­toons and puzzles

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - Wayne Thi­bodeau In­terim Man­ag­ing Editor, The Guardian wthi­bodeau@the­guardian.pe.ca

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.

TC MEDIA GRAPHIC

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.

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