While columnist Bob Levey was away this week, we used this space to ask readers to weigh in on several comic strips that we're thinking about adding to the daily lineup.

To refresh your memory, the test strips published over the past four days were:

Monday: "Zack Hill," by John Deering, about a typical 10-year-old whose mother runs a boarding house. Zack and an eclectic group of boarders put a new twist on the family comic strip.

Tuesday: "Bo Nanas," by John Kovaleski, featuring Bo, a three-foot-tall talking monkey who never quite fits in as he muddles through jobs, relationships and everything else life throws his way.

Wednesday: "Housebroken," by Steve Watkins, featuring DJ Dog, a former rap star who happens to be a pit bull. When down-on-his-luck DJ moves in with a nice middle-class family, cultures collide in a big way.

Thursday: "The Other Coast," by Adrian Raeside, featuring Toulose and Vicky, a mismatched couple with a somewhat skewed view of everyday life.

By press time Thursday, early returns showed "The Other Coast" out in front. Although vote totals for that strip are incomplete, about 68 percent of the votes counted so far were "yes." The closest competitor was "Zack Hill," with about 32 percent of those voting casting a "yes" vote.

"Bo Nanas" had 26 percent voting yes, and "Housebroken" trailed with 19 percent.

If you forgot to vote during the week, you can still do so up until Monday at midnight by calling the automated Post-Haste system at 202-334-9000 and entering 5600 as the four-digit code. Follow directions to cast your vote. Or you may vote online by sending an e-mail with the word "YES" or "NO" as the subject line to the following addresses:





Please don't add any other comments in the subject line because those e-mails will not be tallied. And please limit voting to one ballot per person.

Then stay tuned. We'll bring four more test strips to these pages March 24-27. Once all the strips have been published and all the votes tallied, we'll announce the final results from both weeks.

As always, thanks for participating.