So I haven’t picked up a Weekly in months, not so much because it sucks or anything but because the newsweekly recyclers hit the stacks near my house before I can even grab one. (It’s a huge racket in the paper biz–one delivery guy drops off his papers, then grabs everyone else’s & recycles them for cash, ’cause, well, he’s broke.) But a little bird just notified me this is the fourth straight Weekly without Tom Tomorrow, Kaz, Lynda Barry, Tony Millionaire or Carol Lay. Wot? Srsly? Is this true?
Said birdie also was annoyed that the comics seem to have been cut, while “Nightranger” stayed. I have to admit a weakness for Nightranger, because I love prognosticating new fashion trends (sorry). However I certainly see less social merit in ‘Ranger than in the cartoons, which were politically subversive & great social commentary. Losing them & keeping Nightranger’s socially myopic navel-gazing with its blank-glazed ironic-haired clubbers idiotequeing in rainbow sherbet-colored lights (not Lina’s fault, it’s her gig and she does it well, with a good eye & good writing–it’s just that a “society” beat is, by its nature, lacking much content) is disconcertingly symbolic of changes that seem to be happening not just at the Weekly, but throughout much of the “free” press, and, of course, to bring my argument narrowly close to grandiosity, our culture itself.