Civitas News Media
November 11, 2013
New comics, new columns and a new look are featured today on the Comics page of The Lima News.
Among the five new additions to our comics lineup is “Rhymes with Orange,” which recently received one of the top awards from the National Cartoonist Society, the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. These new comics will join some of your old favorites, such as “Dennis the Menace” and “Baby Blues,” as The Lima News blends the new strips with nostalgic comics that readers have come to love.
The changes are part of an exclusive agreement between Civitas Media, owners of The Lima News, and King Features, one of the largest providers of specialty content in the newspaper industry.
“Just like television stations make changes to their lineup of shows each season, it’s important for newspapers to keep its content fresh. Today’s changes offer our readers some of the most popular work available,” said Jim Lawitz, director of content for Civitas Media.
“Rhymes with Orange” is targeted to the under-40 reader. With insightful wit, it spoofs everyday contemporary life. Without regular characters, creator Hilary Price uses everything from dogs and cats to charts and graphs to comment on the world today. The King Features cartoonist won the Best Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award of the year.
Other new additions include “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee,” “Retail,” “The Lockhorns” and “Pardon My Planet.”
In an age when we are bombarded with information and a 24-hour news cycle, Edison Lee offers a disarming view of our world through the eyes of a child who is both a brilliant genius and an eternal optimist. Retail” presents a hilarious look at the retail industry by chronicling the daily events at the fictitious Grumbel’s department store. “The Lockhorns” focuses on an older married couple and “Pardon My Planet” spoofs politically incorrect behavior.
The new page also includes a popular crossword puzzle whose degree of difficulty increases with each day of the week. Readers also will be treated to a new advice column, Annie’s Mailbox, as well as Hints from Heloise.
The addition of the new content means some of the comics that used to appear in The Lima News are being replaced. Lawitz realizes this may be upsetting to some readers.
“Every feature in a newspaper has its hard-core fans. We realize this. But it’s also important to try new things, and we feel if they give this new content a chance, they’ll enjoy the changes.”