WCP is returning to comics. The paper cut axed them in 2008 to cut costs.
Reaction to the move has largely been positive, says WCP. (But what else would they say?)
In a release put out this afternoon by WCP Creative Director Jandos Rothstein (He’s a graphic design prof at George Mason University when he’s not working at WCP and is not a relative of mine or don’t think, or I’d ask for editorial favors.), he explains, “With its March 11 issue, Washington City Paper debuts a comics page, once again making funnies a significant part of the paper’s editorial mix. The new line up will include two long-time contributors to City Paper, Derf and Shawn Belschwender [as pictured here] with The City and Clowntime respectively and two strips new to City Paper readers: Up All Night by Michael Kupperman and Wondermark by David Malki.
“We’re thrilled to have comics back,” says Rothstein. “I know a lot of our readers missed them—and we did too, especially Ad Director David Walker who really rallied for the page when we were planning our redesign. It felt especially good to get Derf’s The City back in the paper—it ran for nearly 20 years before the cuts, and we’d used Derf as an illustrator—it really felt like his work was part of who we were visually and editorially.”