From the editor: A little cleaning to start the new year

Cuyler Meade, Editor-in-Chief, Craig Press
Craig Press

I don’t want to bury the lead here. You might have noticed by now – especially if you were like me when I was a kid – that we don’t run the comics page today. It was not a mistake, nor temporary. We will no longer be showing comics in Craig Press in the future.

Everything may change in the future, but at least for 2022, it’s a decision we’ve made as an entity, and we understand that it’s a decision that might not be popular with those who love them. Funnies.

I understand. Believe me. I grew up reading the funny pages. That’s how I discovered the newspapers, really – that and the sports section. I remember pulling out the first two sections of the then extremely sturdy San Jose Mercury News for years and years as I ate my morning cereal to turn to the back of the Arts & Entertainment section for pouring. on what were then two comic book pages. weekdays and, if you can believe it, at least four full color pages on Sunday.

That was the time, guys. I’m with you in lamenting that most of what I mentioned in that last paragraph no longer exists – or at least not in a recognizable format. The Merc is still around and doing a great job, but their print section is nothing compared to the old days. I highly doubt the A&E section exists, although I haven’t been back in ages, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they’ve cut the Funnies down to one page or less. All this, unfortunately perhaps, is the way of the world.

Here’s the thing, though. When I was growing up there were far fewer outlets to refresh and refresh daily content. For a kid of the 90s and early 2000s, these pages were kind of the entertainment world if I wasn’t watching cable TV or listening to the radio. Yes sure the internet existed, but I could read from Peanuts to Marmaduke and back in front of a single Calvin and Hobbes panel loaded over the old dial-up connection – if such a thing even existed then, which I doubt. .

Today, it’s hard to imagine. Today, in the era of 5G and high-speed wireless and all that lies on the horizon, not to mention the legions of entertainment options they bring, comics don’t occupy. just not that place in our diversionary offering that they make.

And so, really, I mourn the end of an era to Craig, and I hear those of you who are probably crying with me. But as all of these changes I mentioned above have happened, so has the information industry. And here is the truth.

We need to be as lean and mean as possible as a news publishing machine. We must mobilize all our resources to bring together the important and critical local and regional news that we strive to deliver every Wednesday and Friday in print and every day online. We have a long way to go to be all we should be, but the sad truth is that providing one of the dozens of ways to frankly read the comics everyday, let alone the thousands of ways to find a moment of. Frank and Ernest – typing laughs into your daily entertainment regimen is not in the best interests of achieving those lofty and crucial goals.

So we hope you forgive us as we shed a tear together for the ending of Dogbert and Odie, the Grizwells and Rose and Jimbo, at least as they appear on the pages of the bi-weekly Craig Press. There are plenty of ways to find your favorites online or in dedicated printouts, and I hope you research them and stay on top of their laugh-worthy hijinks as you see fit.

The puzzles are here to stay, however. Find the crosswords and Sudoku on page 6 most of the time in the future. We are not monsters.