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Readers to pick a strip for our funny pages

We’ve heard from many comic-loving readers in the last couple weeks and the consensus is clear: there’s a more worthy strip than Mary Worth to replace the beloved Pajama Diaries.

Pajama Diaries creator Terri Libenson ended the comic on Jan. 4 to focus her efforts on other writing projects.

Now we are letting you, the reader, decide which new comic should grace the funny pages in the Winnipeg Free Press.

We are giving you five to choose from and have included a description and sample of each strip.

Paul Samyn



Curtis details the day-to-day life of a close-knit contemporary African-American family living in the inner city. It is a comic that does not fit easily in any category. Though it mainly features children, it is not necessarily child-themed. It can be humorous, thought-provoking, topical in subject and have bursts of pure zany fantasy. Veteran cartoonist Ray Billingsley uses his own childhood of growing up in New York’s Harlem as his template for Curtis.


Between Friends

Between Friends zeroes in on the nitty-gritty details of the lives of three 50-something women. Witty and personal, sometimes poignant and candid, this slice-of-life strip celebrates women-of-almost-a-certain-age in all their irreverent glory. It is the creation of Sandra Bell-Lundy, who lives in Welland, Ont. (Libenson recommended Between Friends during a recent interview with arts writer Jen Zoratti).


Six Chix

Six Chix is a unique daily comic strip created by six women cartoonists who each draw a day of the week and then rotate the Sunday strips. Isabella Bannerman draws Mondays; Martha Gradisher draws Tuesdays; Susan Camilleri Konar draws Wednesdays; Mary Lawton draws Thursdays; Maritsa Patrinos draws Fridays; and Stephanie Piro draws Saturdays. Each cartoonist writes and draws with her own style and perspective. On any week, you might find gags about the economy, technology, zombies, pirates or health.


Take it from the Tinkersons

Bill Bettwy’s Take It From The Tinkersons is a timely comic strip about the hopes and dreams of a modern family, working together to keep their heads above today’s choppy economic waters. Ted and Tiff Tinkerson are a happily married couple with two children: A charmingly naive son, Tillman, and a moody tween daughter, Tweetie. And you can’t leave out Tubby, their overweight but lovable dog. Despite Tiff’s financial concerns, Ted’s unrealized ambitions, Tillman’s aversion to school work and Tweetie’s hourly mood swings, the Tinkersons know in their hearts what truly matters: in the rat race of life, family comes first.



Sally Forth

When Sally Forth first appeared on the comics pages, not many newspaper readers suspected its creator was a man. Over the years, Sally Forth has made a consistent impressive growth in popularity. It’s every working mother’s story. And, as one reader wrote to her newspaper, it’s about, "A nuclear family whose trials and tribulations my husband and I repeatedly could relate to. We enjoyed sharing many strips with our children since we felt the strips depicted values we hope to instill in them." Creator Greg Howard stopped writing the strip in 1999. Francesco Marciuliano now writes the popular strip with artist Jim Keefe.


Deadline for voting is Sunday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. The winning comic will be announced in the Saturday, Feb. 1 edition of the Free Press, and will appear on our funny pages sometime in February.


Here’s how to vote:

● Email us at comicpicks@freepress.mb.ca. In the subject line, please type the name of the comic you wish to see in the Free Press and your vote will be counted. Please do not include anything in the body of the email.

● Mail your selection addressed to Comic Picks, c/o Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2X 3B6 , include your comic pick on the front of the envelope. Please do not include any correspondence in the envelope.

● Vote using the form below:


Which of the following comics do you want to see in the Free Press funny pages?

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Updated on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 2:17 PM CST: corrects formatting

8:49 PM: Puts correct images with headings

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