November 8, 2013

I was dismayed to read that The Post has decided to stop running “Get Fuzzy” [“Why ‘Get Fuzzy’ is gone from the funny pages,” Style, Nov. 6]. Darby Conley’s strip has remained consistently clever over the years, and it was always one of the highlights of my day.

I am particularly surprised by the decision to replace it rather than one of several strips that have never picked up steam. Are other readers really clamoring to keep “Reply All” or “Mike Du Jour”? Both seem to be one-line strips stuck in a rut.

Please bring back “Get Fuzzy.”

Erin Lourie, Silver Spring

I appreciated The Post’s explanation of why “Get Fuzzy” was dropped: It was repetitious, expensive and fared poorly in a poll of which I was unaware. In my opinion, however, “Get Fuzzy” repeats are far more enjoyable than many, if not most, new cartoons. I cannot speak to the expense issue — though one of the reasons I subscribe to The Post is the array of (formerly wonderful) comics. I’m sure many others feel the same.

As far as the poll is concerned, I feel left out. I doubt such an “online invitation to print subscribers” made it clear that the results would become a referendum on which strips would stay and which would be dropped.

I call for a new poll, a new referendum, now that readers know what the stakes are. I strongly believe that, if announced prominently enough, the results would be very different. And “Get Fuzzy” would return.

Anne Ritchie, Alexandria

Are you kidding me? The Post keeps “Mark Trail,” in which every character — man, woman, child — wears the same 1950s-style camp shirt for boring story lines that last longer than my clothes, and “Judge Parker,” an out-of-touch strip overflowing with wealthy characters who find success, regardless of what they do, then celebrate back at the ranch, and ditches “Get Fuzzy,” a funny, punny, giggle a day?

Shelley Bond, Fairfax

The opening example of “WuMo” on Nov. 4 was odd, rather than funny, but I am prepared to give it a chance. However, the last thing The Post’s comics need is another strip with two characters (maybe three on a very exciting day) wandering around in a near-featureless background exploring the same premise over and over. If you must yank something to make room for “WuMo” (and the jury is very much out on whether it is a worthy replacement for anything), yank something that has long since run out of gas, like ‘Agnes” or “Prickly City.”

I have no doubt that mine will be far from the only letter that raises these points. Take the hint.

Roger M. Allen, Takoma Park

I have been a dedicated reader of The Post’s comics for almost 15 years, and the decision to get rid of “Get Fuzzy” — one of my all-time favorites — disappoints me deeply. Many comics that run in the paper do not deserve their space, either because they are exceptionally unfunny (“Agnes,” “Hagar the Horrible”), outdated (“Beetle Bailey,” “Blondie,” “Family Circus”), offensive (“Prickly City”) or reruns by a long-dead artist (“Peanuts”). Give readers a chance to express their opinions with a substantial, reputable survey.

Rachel Griffith, Washington

We all hate to lose our favorite comic strips, and “Get Fuzzy” fans are feeling the pain that many of us felt when “Zippy the Pinhead” made its last bow in the newspaper some time ago. But we all understand the costs of producing the print edition of The Post (which us older folks still treasure) and the scarce space for comics that tight budgets mandate.

But in this case, I salute The Post for going with “WuMo” in place of “Get Fuzzy.” I’ve been enjoying the new strip this week, particularly Wednesday’s installment. This edgy image made me do something I’d never done while reading “Get Fuzzy”: bust out laughing. Twice.

I also bemoan the continued presence of “Beetle Bailey” in The Post, not so much for its utter lack of humor but for the graphic violence that Sarge regularly visits on Beetle. Kids shouldn’t see this stuff.

Greg Friedmann, Ashburn

I, for one, was glad to see “Get Fuzzy” replaced. I suppose it is too much to expect that “Mark Trail” and “Peanuts” reruns will ever be as well.

Leonard Keifer, Gaithersburg