Fresh-faced funnies

After a couple of lean years, the newspaper syndicates will have launched seven new strips this year as of October 4, Alan Gardner notes. Freshly Squeezed, by Ed Stein, went live this week, and Thatababy and Dogs of C-Kennel launch on October 4. And this is all coming before the rush of cartoonists looking to replace Cathy have had time to submit their work. While seven seems like a good number—only three new strips launched in all of 2009—Scott Nickel points out in comments that it's more a return to the previous level than a new world record. Still, with newspapers floundering and work getting scarcer for editorial cartoonists, this increase seems like a good sign.

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