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I am sure this was a really though choice to make but despite it I am sure that this will only help keep the strip as agood in netter that it has been all these years.

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o.k Bill Amend you are my Idol! I go to pembrook hill 4 grade i wish i could meet you. dude you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stinky Boy

Foxtrot--worst comic ever! It looks like it was drawn by a 9
year old, and written by a 5 year old. Beyond bad.

thehonestinsight2comics

I think foxtrot should still be an every-day comic, but i totally disagree with "nick" near the top about garfield being worthless. Everyone has a different point of veiw, but you can't insult garfield. he doesn't know who he is insulting. -Jim

comics_R_us

I understand why Mr. Amend wants to partially retire, but couldn't they do old reruns of the comic sprip to when it was first made? I know I have never seen thoughs strips and it would for many people bring back old memories.
When I say reruns, I don't mean annoying strips that are printed over and over again! How about the First ones made from the 1990's?

-Kaitlyn

Ray

O_O NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! man i remember back in elementary school we used to only read wildley foxtrot, camp foxtrot, assorted foxtrot, and all the rest of the compilations in our free time but now...damn..knowing that there will be no more new ones...

anonymous

For all those people who are insulting garfield and those other comic strips, think about it. Even though they may not be funny any more, those cartoonists had to think of jokes everyday! I'm sure none of you would be able to think of anything that was actually really funny. At least Garfield was funny for about the first 10 to 15 years.

Nic

Dude... Please don't leave. World of Warcraft will not be the same without you. Plus... how will Jason ever take over the world on a once a week panel. Good luck with your future move.

Super Quigley

Foxtrot gone? Noooooooo! First Gasoline Alley, then Cathy,
what's next, Family Circus? Good Gravy!

Shawn Lee

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!!!!(I could screame louder but Ihave to improvise.)Why Bill?!WHY?! Iwill miss your comics.One thing I like to know is why they are selling Foxtrot calanders 2007? HOw could you do this I read all your books I cut out the comics in the news paper.I live for Foxtrot.Could you atleast reconsider?I am ten and I want have at least 70 years till I die and I will not until I get Foxtrot back.

Max

Such a shame. If you are looking for more good comics I would suggest:
Dennis the Mennis (the older cartoons)
Sherman's Lagoon
Get Fuzzy
Baby Blues
Stone Soup
Citizen Dog
Fred Basset
Zits
Marmanduke
For Better or for Worse

Have fun!

foxtrotlover

I just want to know what will become of poor Eileen, Marcus, Paige's friend whats-her-name. . .And, of course, Jason. I fell for him. I'm his age and if he were alive, I'd be crushing. I have a thing for nerds. but, anyways, thx for years of entertainment!

fyrfly

Hey, Bill (not that I expect you to read this), how could you forget that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?!!! But don't feel guilty; you've given a lot of people a lot of laughs, and we thank you!

Dan

Well, it will be sad to no longer have our daily dose of the Fox family but, Mr. Amend is not killing Foxtrot, at least not yet. Their adventure will still continue, only, they will happen once a week only. I can understand how much work it must be to do a daily strip. I don't think I'd be able to keep up myself so, I understand that he might want to explore other things. Good luck to him and Long live to Foxtrot, my favorite comic strip with Calvin and Hobbes!!

John

I must say "FoxTrot" did have brilliance. Although I've heard "Calvin and Hobbes" was one of the last great strips, I disagree. I think many people here must say Sunday is the best day for comics anyway. I also must point out again that "Garfield" is not going bad. Thanks again for your wonderful strip Mister Amend, and good luck in farther plans.

Jack

Will miss Foxtrot. Loved all of the dos references that most don't get.
Dilbert is starting to lose it's creativity. Maybe will come back.
Doonesbury, no creativity for a long time. Lots of re-runs and mean political jabs.

Mark

The saddest thing of all is that I'm not sure there is going to ever be new comics as good as Foxtrot & Calvin and Hobbes. Newspapers are making comic-strip writing worse and worse with their stupid formats and deadlines. That's why Bill Waterson quit, and that's why Bill Amend is quitting. Newspapers are killing good comics, and they're not coming back.

István

Please give me back my daily drogs: FoxTrot & Calvin&Hobbes
I'm sick...........

mazerunner

First it was the Far Side. Then there was Calvin and Hobbes. Then there was Peanuts. Then there was the Boondocks. And now Foxtrot.

I'm running out of strips to love.

Fortunately there's still Dilbert and Doonesbury, but Doonesbury doesn't really count.

Thanks for the memories, Bill. And best wishes to you in your future endeavors.

Vic

Man, This is too bad. We really need good tallent like this to stay a lot longer and the other garbage to go. I will really miss Foxtrot like I do Calvin and The Farside. Dang.

But what really gets me is the paper stopped running the cartoon except on Sunday. Why could they not keep running the old ones like they did with peanuts... Geez.

Cathy

I loved that strip. I always read that one first. All those comics yall said should be gone are there for a reason for little 8 year old boys. Umm hello we are adults (most of us)It is time for all of you to get a life and stop worring about foxtrot! Even though my boys love him

Laura

I was reading the last couple of strips where you were talking about a cartoonist changing to a once a week stip and remember thinking which comic it might be. It didn't occur to me that it would be Foxtrot!

Thank for bringing us Foxtrot all these years.

Andrew

Thanks Bill,

I'll miss your work.
Foxtrot has been one of my favorite comics for years.
I wish you good luck in whatever you chose to do next.

JTR

Everything's wrong with Shoe.

It's done by a hired artist and an alleged writer by the estate of the original cartoonist who passed away in 2000. But instead of opening up all those hundreds of spots to deserving new strip and struggling strips, the greed of his estate and his syndicate keeps it alive by writing the stalest of puns and even verbatim ripping off a Jerry Seinfeld joke ... "how can women wax and violently pluck every hair on their body ... but their still afraid of spiders.

Boo Shoe! Boo! Retire!

tim

Nothing wrong with SHOE. It still has a lot of wit in how the panels are constructed. I initially read Pearls Before Swine but that has gotten old quick. Alligators trying to eat Zebras every other day?

Get Fuzzy was routine and unfunny for a period of time as well. Though, it seems to have found it's original act again.

Jack

After Calvin and Hobbes, I found Foxtrot. I can't believe there wont be anymore Star Wars spin-offs. That was my favorite. I wish you luck Mr. Amend. As a college student, reading your comic strip definetly made the mornings a little more bearable.

Teri

Honestly, I think I am going to cancel my newspaper subscription. This is one of the few cartoons I read, and by far my favorite! Please don't go away like Gary Larson. Life as we know it would cease.

Koji_Tsunami, Lord of The UN-l33t

This sucks. with FoxTrot gone, my newspaper has replaced my favorite comic strip with some mediocre crap comic. I know that there'll stil be Sunday strips, but those were completely pathetic compared to the daily ones. Crap.

Ebonvoice

Hey Spoons-- Don't forget Tim Downs' Downstown. Fun and escapist, it delved into the 20-something's neurotic mind with a wit and edge that few other strips have matched to this day!

Ebonvoice

I'll miss FoxTrot, too, but at least we have Sundays-- if only Aaron McGruder could do the same with Boondocks...

There are still some sharp and funny comix out there; while For Better or For Worse is winding down to it's end, I still enjoy Brooke McEldowney's 9 Chickweed Lane, and why Monty hasn't been converted to a TV series on Fox yet, I'll never know!

Non Sequitur is extremely witty, and even liberals like me can find something to like in conservative Scott Stantis' Prickly City.

and Pearls Before Swine? Hands down, the funniest formula strip being produced.

The Comix Page is still in good hands. Thanks for the memories, Bill Amend.

Janice

I'm very sorry to see this comic strip go. It's one of my favorites. I'm glad it will still be around on Sundays! At least FBorFW and Zits are still around.

Janice

I'm very sorry to see this comic strip go. It's one of my favorites. I'm glad it will still be around on Sundays! At least FBorFW and Zits are still around.

Tyler Black

Cheers JTR!!! Hear, hear!!!

Biscuitslayer - If you didn't catch it, I fully back our friend JTR there. You should bear in mind that if it's in a newspaper, it's syndicated. Now, with that in mind, can you reaklly stand by your previous statement? Look at what you find in the funny pages these days. Kathy, For Better or For Worse ( I have made myself very plain on this particular comic, as you will note) Luanne and Rose is Rose, to name a few. Now, they're not all terrible comics (pending the first two) but they are nowhere near the brillaince of Calvin and Hobbes.
When you read Calvin and Hobbes you're not just reading another comic. You're reading a revolution, a legend. Bill Watterson forged paths in the comic industry unlike any before him. He made the editors reconsider the guidelines regarding panel size and format, his one page spreads of a single landscape with Calvin and Hobbes toboganing were monumental. His insight, his humour and his integrity were precedent setting.
Now these are things that are only important to comic savants and aspiring artists alike, but they stand nonetheless. National syndication is a tool of every good and traditional comic artist (traditional only because webcomics are allowing a new approach and fanbase to the upcoming artist) not a standard of how good something is.

Spoons

Let's all just look forward to Bill's new endeavors, as they're sure to be as creative and witty as Foxtrot.

JTR

To Biscuitslayer: Being nationally syndicated hardly guarantees a standard of quality. I'm happy to name names if you need examples.

Nathan Bush

I've loved Foxtrot ever since I laid eyes on it. I'm VERY sad to see it go. I love it. I know there were some bad eggs some days but most days kept me entertained, and I read his treasuries over and over again even though I've gotten them memorized in my head lol. I think Bill should wait ONE more year so it can be 20 years. 19 years feels so bland. And I must admit that the last week of strips he did were lame. No going out with a bang.......making a cultural reference that usually makes it funny. I dunno I just like to ramble lol. Peace out Bill! If anyone wants to chat about Foxtrot I'm open to chat on MSN Messenger Nathan_18_Nintendo@msn.com, AIM bushiscool223, and Yahoo fourstarcashiernathan. Thanks all!

Spike Spiegel

Thanks for the wonderful daily comic strips Bill. I look forward to reading your weekend strip and hope to see you on WoW sometime! ^_^

Biscuitslayer

I disagree with Tyler Black. There is no diffrence in humour levels between Calvin and Hobbes and Foxtrot. They were both nationally syndicated, and that means they both met the same standards. Calvin and Hobbes just had a larger audience than the Foxtrot Niche.

jo

i can't believe it but please come back everyday soon.^_^ i have 7 of your books, now i have to buy them all tomorrow. i will miss you terribly. i look forward to reading your strip before doing my homework everyday.

Craig

Sad to see Foxtrot go, but better to go on a high and hey, artists have the right to quit when they like.

There are still good strips out there - Dilbert, Sherman's Lagoon, Non-sequitur, Monty.

Thanks for the laughs Bill!

Randall

Hope someone reads this -- this is showing the wrong strip:
http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2007/01/01/
The URL should be
http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1996/01/01/
and it shouldn't be the first Calvin and Hobbes strip published.

Also, http://www.gocomics.com/cgi-bin/support.cgi is broken

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pdllaw

Reading the comics today just wasn't the same. Bill Amend, we wish you the best of luck in your new ventures, but please come back full time soon! Thanks.

LeisaB153

Thank you Bill Amend for one of the funniest strips out there. I just don't know how I'll get by with seeing Jason only once a week. Enjoy your free time and your family life - congratulations on making the decision that was right for you! But you will be missed.

klesmiley

Bless your heart, Eric. When I was 10 years old Dagwood and Blondie was my fav. There is still a soft spot in my heart for Dagwood.

Eric

I will never forget Foxtrot. It was my favorite comic my entire life considering I'm ten years old. Jason's daily plans to bother Paige will be in my heart forever...

klesmiley

I, too, have loved FoxTrot and will miss the dailies. But will still enjoy the Sunday comic.

Over the years lots of comics have come and gone and I always thought that there would never be another one like [YourFav].

But I am enjoying some of the new ones too. Every day I look forward to Space Is The Place.

Now don't lecture me about whether or not it is on an intellectual plane with FT or C&H. Because every cartoon has its own appeal.

I also like Lost Sheep which is in reruns, Overboard, Pooch Cafe, Stone Soup. And Trevor which doesn't appear every day. And what about For Better or For Worse! I get pretty involved in that family as well.

There are still a lot of good cartoons out there. Also check out Comic Sherpa. See the "up 'n comers."

Enjoy!

ralph

I am always saddened by the demise of a daily strip. It's easy for me to say that I've been brought up on the comics. Even now, in my job in corrections, reading the comics get's me through. And the inmates always get a laugh out of them. I'm gonna miss the daily foxtrot in my paper, even if it comes only on Sunday, it's not the same. Look at Opus. I like to think we all grow up, but it's always special to read the comics because it makes you feel like a kid again. It always brings a smile. I will look forward to the Sunday paper, as I always do, but with all the dark and somberness of reality, the weekly papers will never seem as bright.

William

No offense meant to Bill Amend and all of you loyal fans, but (a) don't compare Foxtrot to Calvin & Hobbes; and (b) stop trashing Garfield. Comparing Foxtrot to Calvin & Hobbes is like comparing the Toledo Mudhens to the New York Yankees. Yes, I'm sure the Mudhens are a fine team with a loyal following, but the Yankees are in another class entirely. Same with Foxtrot and C&H. Of the hundreds (thousands?) of Foxtrot strips I have read, I can remember exactly one. Of the approximately 4000 C&H strips that exist, I can call to mind any one of hundreds of different strips. As for Garfield, even when it isn't laugh-out-loud funny, or it looks the same as a hundred strips before, it still makes me smile, something precious few comics can do these days. By the way, Brant Parker (Wizard of Id) has been doing some very funny strips lately. Not every day, but several in the last few weeks have been hilarious. Nice to see one of the old-timers come up with some good stuff.

Tyler Black

JTR - Yeah, sorry about that. I read the names in the wrong order; I meant the guy under you.
That applies to teh other two people I mentioned earlier. Apologies all 'round.

JTR

Tyler, twasn't my comment about frozen time comics.

Nikoniko

Foxtrot will sorely be missed by all of us. Bill Amend's funny dailys will live on in all of us forever.

Jenny

*salutes Foxtrot*

A great strip, and as an owner of many of the books, it will be sorely missed.
I suppose I'll have to get my fix on sundays.
As they say: "see you in the funny pages."

Joe Gramtir

Foxtrot is my favorite comic. Ever since I first started reading it, I've loved it. Calvin and Hobbes was a great and wonderful strip. As far as I'm concerend, Foxtrot stepped in to fill the gap that was left. Foxtrot is concistantly funny. Some days I didn't get the joke, but, hay, you put out a funny strip EVERY SINGLE DAY even when your sick or during a holiday. Some comics get by with day to day junk (Garfield, B.C, etc.) and think nothing of it. Foxtrot was always a funny strip. But as others have said, get out when you can. Besides, we still get the greatniss on sunday, so it's in color! Even though I'll miss Foxtrot dearly, we have to remember that it was Bills' desision. He wanted to do this, and I say, let him do as he pleases with his life. We have no idea how much time it would take to do the work he's done for 19 years. I think it's great that he wants to spend more time with his family. That's one thing that we could all stand to do more of. God bless Bill and help him with his life ahead, and remember, theres always sunday!

Tyler Black

Now we're having some fun!

Anne - Good morning. First of all, since it had been a while since I looked into the latest For Better or For Worse comic, I took the liberty of doing a quick read of the last three weeks or so. In this time I saw Lynn take me through a house fire where the husband puts himself in mortal danger, christmas (whoopee) and an elderly man having a stroke. What little humor I actually found was on par with Family Circus, though even still four out of five comics substituted some tired little moral dragged from the dredges of common sense in place of humor. Not to mention the funniest part in the strips I read was concerning the old man having the stroke. The main reason her strip is one of the least repetitive is because she has used the same amount of jokes in her entire career as someone like Bill Watterson used in his first year.

But, I want to be fair here, I do my best to respect most comic fans as, God knows, I very likely support some pieces out there that others find mundane or deplorable. So I hope, dear Anne,that you simply take my words as a somewhat passionate opinion of a fellow comics fan and nothing more. Do not fall into that pit of thinking where an opinion becomes an insult simply because it does not match your own. Bear in mind that the difference between an art critic and a slanderer is not a pay-cheque, but teh ability to back what you say.

Now, in regards to the art, which was your original point. First of all, apples and oranges, darling. Only a recent lobotomy patient would compare Lynn Johnston's work with that of the illustrious Bill Watterson. Mr. Watterson did do magnificent scapes, exquisit portraits and the best of many of these were renderd in water colour paints. Not to mention the characters themselves, indeed, some of the only work these days which could be compared to the brilliant and expressive work of that pioneer Charles Schulz would be Calvin and Hobbes.
What I saw in Ms. Johnston's work was commonplace. There's no imagination in her characters or her back drops and the fact that she can and does throw in random and unknown characters does not redeem this. In fact, it rather speaks to the undeveloped nature of her work.
If you want to talk about Bill Watterson's work let's not demean the man by simply saying that he drew a tree or a wagon or a table. Everything he drew had character. It was the slant in the tree or the warped design of the wagon while the spokes weren't even attached to the wagon itself. It was more than a table, it was a Watterson table; he set himself apart. Lynn Johnston loses herself in the normality of her work. If you don't want the table uneven, fine; if you don't want the door to function as a physical impossibility, fine; but at least make it your own. It would be novel to see Ms. Johnston create something above what they teach you in first year college art classes.
She's precise, I'll give you that, and constant, as well. But not in a way to be admired, rather, one to lull you to sleep.

If we all simply "let the rest be" as you so modernly put it, then we are all just one big, huggy, loving family with no ambition to improve. Any decent artist will, at the very least, appreciate critiques as a means of self awareness and betterment. Never hold back your opinion, Anne, provided it is well thought out and sincere; it is the greatest tool man can use.

Happy reading, dear Anne.

~ Tyler Black

Tyler Black

Now we're having some fun!

Anne - Good morning. First of all, since it had been a while since I looked into the latest For Better or For Worse comic, I took the liberty of doing a quick read of the last three weeks or so. In this time I saw Lynn take me through a house fire where the husband puts himself in mortal danger, christmas (whoopee) and an elderly man having a stroke. What little humor I actually found was on par with Family Circus, though even still four out of five comics substituted some tired little moral dragged from the dredges of common sense in place of humor. Not to mention the funniest part in the strips I read was concerning the old man having the stroke. The main reason her strip is one of the least repetitive is because she has used the same amount of jokes in her entire career as someone like Bill Watterson used in his first year.

But, I want to be fair here, I do my best to respect most comic fans as, God knows, I very likely support some pieces out there that others find mundane or deplorable. So I hope, dear Anne,that you simply take my words as a somewhat passionate opinion of a fellow comics fan and nothing more. Do not fall into that pit of thinking where an opinion becomes an insult simply because it does not match your own. Bear in mind that the difference between an art critic and a slanderer is not a pay-cheque, but teh ability to back what you say.

Now, in regards to the art, which was your original point. First of all, apples and oranges, darling. Only a recent lobotomy patient would compare Lynn Johnston's work with that of the illustrious Bill Watterson. Mr. Watterson did do magnificent scapes, exquisit portraits and the best of many of these were renderd in water colour paints. Not to mention the characters themselves, indeed, some of the only work these days which could be compared to the brilliant and expressive work of that pioneer Charles Schulz would be Calvin and Hobbes.
What I saw in Ms. Johnston's work was commonplace. There's no imagination in her characters or her back drops and the fact that she can and does throw in random and unknown characters does not redeem this. In fact, it rather speaks to the undeveloped nature of her work.
If you want to talk about Bill Watterson's work let's not demean the man by simply saying that he drew a tree or a wagon or a table. Everything he drew had character. It was the slant in the tree or the warped design of the wagon while the spokes weren't even attached to the wagon itself. It was more than a table, it was a Watterson table; he set himself apart. Lynn Johnston loses herself in the normality of her work. If you don't want the table uneven, fine; if you don't want the door to function as a physical impossibility, fine; but at least make it your own. It would be novel to see Ms. Johnston create something above what they teach you in first year college art classes.
She's precise, I'll give you that, and constant, as well. But not in a way to be admired, rather, one to lull you to sleep.

If we all simply "let the rest be" as you so modernly put it, then we are all just one big, huggy, loving family with no ambition to improve. Any decent artist will, at the very least, appreciate critiques as a means of self awareness and betterment. Never hold back your opinion, Anne, provided it is well thought out and sincere; it is the greatest tool man can use.

Happy reading, dear Anne.

~ Tyler Black

Don

Foxtrot will be missed, it has been a part of my daily ritual for so many years. I wish Bill Arnold great luck in his new endevors.

anthony

wow... i have almost every foxtrot collection and i can read them over and over again and they are still funny. i can't believe its going to go to sunday only comics. it's saddening.

sora

Oh yeah everybody who has the daileys keep them.They will become important on day.I'm keeping them.

sora

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sora

I read Fox trot alot.I loved the dailies.Their sundays are too short.long ago the sundays was long.i will miss the dailys but I read all the books now look a book with only sundays comics that sucks.He better make the sundays real funny and long.

Mary Driscoll

Sorry to hear you're cutting back. Foxtrot was one of the few funny funnies left. I loved that you were never racy or mean or off-color. All the best to you in whatever you do with your new chunk of free time.

Anne

Bill A. - your strip has been fantastic - many thanks for the laughs. Very best of luck and inspriation to you for your next endeavors. I will look forward to each Sunday.

Tyler Black - You called "For Better or For Worse" garish and over-blown with trite writing and tired art. What are you smoking? I thought some of the best comics art ever drawn was in Calvin and Hobbs large Sunday spreads. It was original and beautiful with terrific details and perfect depth of field. Many of Lynn's strips present like this as well. Her story takes her characters all over the place and constantly introduces new people and situations to find humor in, it's probably one of the least repetitive features running for story or jokes. If you don't like soap operas, fine, but don't criticize her art. It's in the top five of what's out there today. Too clean for you? Too fully rendered? Too mainstream? Fine - go off and be edgy and wild - but don't dare insult talent because it's of a kind that you don't have. That's like Elvis insulting Mozart. You want to insult some strips as trite and tired, how about maybe Garfield, Cathy . . .
Then again, why insult at all? How about just praising what you like and letting the rest be.

Anne

*Poutin' up a storm*

Bill, What you gotta do is put your website together a little more and UNofficially tell the public that you [may] continue to continue posting daily comics as long as a certain say... PayPal DONATION button on your site is visited every so often by the generous readers of your daily comic...
Just a thought...
Love your comic! Sad to see you go. :(

*Poutin' up a storm*

Bill, What you gotta do is put your website together a little more and UNofficially tell the public that you [may] continue to continue posting daily comics as long as a certain say... PayPal DONATION button on your site is visited every so often by the generous readers of your daily comic...
Just a thought...
Love your comic! Sad to see you go. :(

&rea

Like Alex above me, FoxTrot is the LAST comic I read, because it was the best. While I understand Mr. Amend's need to live his life as he sees fit, I will have a hard time living MY life as he sees fit, without a daily dose of the Fox family.

It seems that my favorites leave too soon. Like others I cite Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes, & The Far Side. And it is reassuring to know that I'm not alone in my mourning of four classics that left in their prime.

But I suppose that is the best way to go. Leave them wanting more, not wondering why you hung around so long. To cross over into sports for this analogy, I'll say "better to be a (New York Giants running back) Tiki Barber instead of a (base-stealing king) Rickey Henderson." Go out on top and always be remembered for it.

Paige, Peter, Andy, Jason, Roger, and especially Quincy.....I'll miss you terribly during my daily tea, but will visit every Sunday after church!

Tyler Black

Oh, for crying out loud, people! The man's not dead, nor is his art. Half of you out there are ready to bury them both. And some of these striking editorials a few of you out there are using as an eulogy are just brilliant.

First of all, Bill Amend has done nothing but take his comic strip to a higher level. He has taken FoxTrot out of the hussel and bustle of the daily comic strip main stream and, with integrity and class, placed it upon the pedastal of his great forebears: Bill Watterson and Charles Schulz to name two of the greatest.
Look with awe upon this monumental step this man has taken with his life's work. For this will forever change the nature of FoxTrot and the course of our remembering it. This is both a gamble and a sacrifice that Mr. Amend is making for the sake of other persuites in his life. And regardless of what he may create from this point on, be it FoxTrot related or otherwise, we can only wish him success and happiness.

Now, for a few of you "esteemed art critiques" and higher thinkers out there I have a few words:

Fredgardo - "purge the comics of anything over 25 years old"? The first thing the comics industry could stand to lose is people like you. I will grant you that Charles Schulz (Peanuts) is an amazing accomplishment and a bit of an anomaly, but how can you dream of setting such a standard as that? Not every piece of art between 100 and 500 years old is a masterpiece, but let us burn down the Leuvre anyway, eh? I recommend that you develope the patience to wade through the common trash and tripe that is the "norm" to find those pearls like Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes and FoxTrot before shutting the door on any and every aspiring artist. I, for one, believe there will be and look forward to the day we see another "Sparky" Schulz enter the comic pages and stand at the top of his field for 50 years.

Dancer - Cheers! You're quite right. If you're going to moan and groan over the comic pages, do your own bloody art!

JTR - I'm sorry, but I simply can't agree with you on your position of "frozen time comics" as you put it. It is consistency met with diversity and feshness that is the integrity behind the best comics. No one wants to see Calvin as a 16 year old, nor could our esteemed Mr. Amend maintain his fan base while Paige turns 21 and Jason goes off to college, these simply are not the same characters you fall in love with initially. To be quite frank, I find "For Better or For Worse" to be a garish and over-blown soap opera with trite writting and tired art. The only thing that brought Lynn Johnston's work any lower was that God-awful animated series she made with those little insights of hers between each episode. If there is one thing that has been over-hailed and could be done without it is she.
A quick note before anyone pegs me for being a hypocrit here. I am, in fact, one of those aspiring artists (at the green and wild age of 22) I mentioned before, who is trying, hoping, wishing to make his mark in the comic strip industry and so I feel justified in my opinion on Mrs. Johnston's work since I am, in fact, "making my own bloody art".

Mr. Amend, cheers to you, sir, and happy hunting in whatever avenue you next find yourself. Thank you for what you have done with FoxTrot before and we await what you will do with them in utter anticipation.

chris

Wow, I can't believe it... I look forward to reading Foxtrot every day, and now I log on to read it, and instead I find out that it's only going to be written for the Sunday edition... I was away for a couple days at Christmas and wasn't going to bother reading the couple days that I missed, but now I'm going to since now the days are numbered... It's like finding out that your favorite tv show has been canceled... I never thought this would happened to Foxtrot... Bummer...!!

Marta

Like most of the other comments, I can respect the decision to want to scale back and/or do something else. And likewise, "FoxTrot" will be sorely missed in my life, along with such other fantastic originals as Calvin and Hobbes and Bloom County (and I agree with whoever said that "Frazz" is underrated--it's a favorite of mine as well).

Bill, you're a hero to techies everywhere, as I'm sure you're aware. Clipped or printed "FoxTrot" comics adorn offices and cubes in most of the tech offices that I've seen. Along with many other FT dailies, I personally clipped and posted the "brain freeze" infinite loop strip--the code was even correct, kudos!

I've collected the books, and have always looked forward to the dailies. And it wasn't just Jason Fox--I thoroughly enjoyed every character's foibles and development, including Andie's obsession over "Titanic," and her kibbosh on Roger's beard-growing by threatening to stop shaving her leg hairs. The annual nightmare camping trips, Paige and Pierre (ooooh, Pierre!), Peter' ability to eat everything in sight and his love for smooching with his girlfriend Denise...all were wonderfully, delightfully fleshed out and funny.

Again, I'll deeply miss the dailies--and I'm very glad that we will still have Sundays. And like all your fans, I'll be looking forward to seeing and reading whatever your next projects turn out to be. Congratulations on such a successful and beloved strip, and thanks for giving us such wonderful laughs all these years.

Jennifer

Do I dare hope that BA's extra time will be devoted to a FoxTrot animated series? I mean, with him doing the writing (or most of it), this could rival The Simpsons in their best years!

Jenny

I'm so sad that I won't have FoxTrot to look forward to every monring before I go in to work. Sunday's don't come fast enough as is...
I understand he needs a break and a chance to experience life. Maybe after short time he'll return the Fox family back to us on a "more regular" basis.

HeatherG

Well Mr Amend, it was a wild ride and I certainly look forward to the sunday strips. Alot of times Jason reminded me of my brother-in-law, who is in his 20's right now. My FAV FoxTrot was the one where Quincy barfed on Andy and Roger's bed and Jason wanted a note excusing his tardiness to school. It was kinda funy how quick the tardy note was written after iguana barf was mentioned. =o)

Luck on your new endeavors Mr Amend, and to quote Bob Hope, Thanks for the Memories.

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Jon

Like so many others on here, I will also miss Foxtrot. I want to thank Mr. Amend for the many laughs and wonderful work that he has done.

Many have said that he should come back and do another strip. I am not so sure of that. Berkeley Breathed came back to do Outland after Bloom County. It wasn't horrible, but it was nowhere near as good as BC. Recently, he started doing 'Opus'. I don't know about anybody else, but I could do without it.

Again, thank you, Mr. Amend. Your work has brought numerous smiles to my face. God be with you in your endeavors.

pete

are you crazy? get fuzzy is not a bad strip. it is the funniest strip out there. go read family circus loser.

Maronan

Oh no!

My local newspaper dropped FoxTrot some time ago, but I always purchased the comics in books whenever they came out. Now there'll be no more books!

At least FoxTrot will go the way of Calvin and Hobbes rather than the way of Peanuts. I remember Calvin and Hobbes as a great strip, whereas I remember Peanuts as the strip that got really crazy as the author got old and ran out of ideas. Better to quit while you're ahead...

Either way, my local newspaper is currently in the habit of replacing good strips like FoxTrot with mediocre or even bad ones like Agnes or Get Fuzzy or Girls and Sports (which, I'm guessing, is only funny to the select few people who fit or believe the gender stereotypes that serve as its only source of "humor.")

Even Lola and Boondocks were removed, while Cathy was retained despite the fact that it has no jokes. All the characters in Cathy are stereotypes— the stereotypical oblivious and electronics-obsessed man, the stereotypical superficial and clothing-obsessed woman, the stereotypical helpful but burdensome mother, the stereotypical overbearing mother-in-law; even the dogs are stereotypical to some extent. The only "humor" in Cathy is derived from the stereotypes' failure to understand each other. Nearly every punch line and comic in Cathy can be reduced to either:

1. One character obsesses over electronics or clothing (depending on which character) and another fails to recognize the importance of the item(s) to the first character

or

2. One character is upset because (s)he cannot obtain electronics or clothing (depending on which character) that (s)he places importance on.

For a change of pace, sometimes female characters obsess over diets and weight rather than clothes and accessories.

Anyway, so long Mr. Amend and thanks for all the strips! Hopefully, you'll get the motivation to resume daily comics soon!

Ragnar

Oh well,at least Jason finally gets to join the "ex-files". ;-P
Thanks for all the laughs.

Mike

This is very disheartening news. Like others have said, it's sad when our favorite strip ends. First Calvin and Hobbes and now Fox Trot. While there are other strips that are entertaining to read, they aren't ones that would make me take the time out of the day to grab the comic pages and read em. C&H and FoxTrot were the only 2 that ever made me do that. The detail and knowledge about some of the strips in fox trot were just amazing. (physics, comptuers, gaming, sci fi, movies, tv, etc. Basically all the things I'm interested in.) Not being able to read a new strip every day will be sad. I own every book and often read them over and over before going to sleep. I hope someday Bill gets a renewed sense of motivation and will continue to produce daily strips =).

Majken, Sweden

although I also understand mr Amend - it´s always good to try new things I´m sad over this.

A daily laugh is gone.

Atleast there will be the sunday-strips to read.

Rik

I will certainly miss the daily reading of Foxtrot (yes, even here in the Netherlands we read Bill's wonderful strip :), but am glad I had a daily shot all these years. Once a week from now on, and may be something else nice to come from Bill...

Allan

Thanks for all the humour, wisdom, and overall commentary!!! I will miss them, but perhaps you've something else in mind for Sundays. Is this an evolutionary step? Perhaps you've something else in mind for them, as they're larger and full colour. Any chance of having a Saturday AND Sunday? We await your next creation!

David

While I consider Fox Trot a funny (not 100% of the time, but which strip is?) comic strip, the genre of "frozen in time" comics has always bothered me. I mean for crying out loud why can't Jeremy in Zits at least realize his 16th birthday?? Likewise it might be interesting to see the Fox family start to age and mature.

I've always liked following the maturing process in For Better of for Worse (Of course they will now "die" in the Fall...) and thought that it was natural, more so then watching a terminally 14 yr. old Paige. Remember that one of the grandads of comics, Gasoline Alley aged it's characters, yet it remained amusing and interesting.

JTR

John, what are you smoking? Family Circus and Dennis the Menace? I laughed more during Sophie's Choice than I ever did at those two dinosaurs.

John

It seems like over the past 11 years or so, many golden comic strips have disapeared. In 1995 it was "The Far Side" and "Calvin and Hobbes" then in 2000 it was "Peanuts". Now with the semi-retirment of "FoxTrot" it seems like one of the last goldies. I respect Bill's choice to leave though, and look forward to his Sundays. A few people mentioned "Garfield" was going bad, I totaly disagree. Long live the "FoxTrot" Sunday strips, and long live "Garfield", "Pearls Before Swine", "Get Fuzzy", "Dilbert", "The Family Circus", "Dennis The Menace" and all the great comics out there.

nebraskateacher

As has been said before, I too will grieve and miss the daily dose of Foxtrot. As a math teacher, brother of a sports fanatic, and son of a golf nut, these characters came to life for me.

And to all who are complaining of comics that are still around when they should have been retired, YOU come up with a better comic strip and submit it. See if you can develope a comic that is more entertaining and insightful than the ones you complain about.

Dancer

I understand Mr. Amend's decision and know the Sundays will be that much better--best of luck!

Becky

Mr Amend,
Thank you for years of Foxtrot. I will be looking forward to Sundays and treasure each comic as I have before. The Fox family was like a neighbor and I'll miss seeing them everyday.

The Archer of the Forest

This does make me sad. I first started reading Foxtrot many years ago when I was actually about the age of the kids in Foxtrot. I could always feel like a teenager again by tuning into Foxtrot. I guess now I will have to grow up and have to be a teenager only on Sundays.

JDS

I have loved Foxtrot from the first. Thank you, Mr. Amend, for making me laugh when I didn't think I could. My three boys have grown to love your work as much as I do. The books we've collected (all of them) are just about worn out, some with the covers falling off!

Those looking for good strips, please try Zits, Baby Blues, Stone Soup and Sherman's Lagoon. :)

JTR

I highly recommend Ink Pen and Lio to anyone looking for a daily fill in Foxtrot's absence.

zerotsm

Yes, I'll miss FoxTrot, but trying to come up with fresh ideas every day is hard. You can only do so many variants of turning up the thermostat after all. And I'm sure a lot of people didn't get the computer jokes, such as the "Kernel Panic" although I enjoyed them immensley. At least we will still get to read the Sunday strip.

Greg

Sad to see Fox Trot go away from the dailies. It's been my favorite ever since Calvin and Hobbes went away. I agree with a lot of the opinions here on what's good and bad in the comics. Hate to see a great one go away. Nobody has created a family strip like Bill Amend.

Maybe his wife will get tired of him and send him back to work.

Greg

Sad to see Fox Trot go away from the dailies. It's been my favorite ever since Calvin and Hobbes went away. I agree with a lot of the opinions here on what's good and bad in the comics. Hate to see a great one go away. Nobody has created a family strip like Bill Amend.

Maybe his wife will get tired of him and send him back to work.

Keith

"Foxtrot" will be missed and is a remnder that the Comics page was once a wonderful place of orginal thought and art. Those of us old enough already miss the giants "Pogo", "Calvin & Hobbes", "Bloom County", and "Far Side". There are some promising strips like "Prickly City" that "Pickles" that will keep me reading. It is sad to drduge through the Garfields to find the quality strips but they are still there.

Arron

This is most unfortunate. Foxtrot is one of only three comics that I read on a daily basis. I hope that this will only be temporary. I will miss the laughs and insight that he brought to an industry that has begun to become stale.

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