The local newspaper the Plain Dealer has quite a few daily and Sunday strips but their policies puzzle me. Most strips run seven days a week. But one strip called Baby Blues appears only on Sundays and not weekdays but another strip Judge Parker appears on weekdays and not on Sundays. I cannot fathom the reason for this. Surely it would makes sense to pick either Judge Parker or Baby Blues to run seven days a week and drop the other? This would not require more space on the comic pages.
Baby Blues is a humorous strip with no continuity so each Sunday can be read without having the context of the previous week’s strips, but Judge Parker is a soap opera and by not having the Sunday strip, readers who follow it might be puzzled by Monday’s content. And unlike another soap opera strip Mary Worth where nothing seems to happen for days and even weeks on end, and Sunday often consist of a rehash of the previous week’s story, Judge Parker stories tend to move at a fairly decent clip and Sundays have new material. If they put in the Sunday clip of Judge Parker and removed Mary Worth, that would also make more sense and also would not require more space.
Of course in these days where all the comics are online, this really does not matter. But I am still puzzled by the reasoning of the comics page editor for this strange practice.
I really gotta stop trying to make sense of weighty issues like newspaper comics page editorial policies and spend more time on light-hearted trivialities like proofs of gods’ existence.