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Barking up the right tree?

This is still a bit creepy. Yeah, the two dudes are bonding over their dogs and their messed-up lives. To Mark’s (the commenter, not the guy in the flannel shirt) point, this contemporary interaction would likely have never occurred in vintage Mark Trail, simply because it would be looked on as something only females did. But in the Gen Z World, that is not the case. Change is sometimes hard for us, especially when the change is dramatic and surprising. Like personal pronouns.

3 thoughts on “Barking up the right tree?

  1. All good points George. I just don’t care for it.
    Writing,drawing and performing music poorly seems to be a trend I can’t take a hold of. I would wager that the old Mark Trail has more readership than Rivera’s strip. There are no youngsters getting into Mark Trail. It’s us old farts who drove it in the first place! I’m now 66 and remember looking at the strip before I went off to school each morning. I still get the paper and simply cannot get into her version. Again, my hats off to you on this blog to Mark Trail. I’m glad to see it. I always skim your blog but I’ll be damned if I’ll read her strip! In any case, keep up the good work!

    • Do you think we should keep legacy strips around (e.g. Blondie, Apt 3-G, etc.)?

      I’d like to know if the strip is attracting any younger people. But I can’t seem to find any statistics. It would have to be online readership, since it seems clear that newspapers are not a primary or even secondary resource for people younger than 40. And “Mark Trail” in B&W is not prime chum.

    • Mark, do you think we should keep publishing legacy strips (e.g. Blondie, Apt 3-G, Peanuts, etc.)?

      I’d like to know if the strip is attracting any younger people. But I can’t seem to find any statistics. It would have to be online readership, since it seems clear that newspapers are not a primary or even secondary resource for people younger than 40. And “Mark Trail” in B&W is not prime chum.

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