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Nick

That's too bad.

Why can't something worthless like Garfield go away instead of this insightful and funny strip?

First Calvin and Hobbes, now Foxtrot. Seems good stuff never lasts long while mediocrity is forever.

Anne

My thoughts exactly - why must the best work run only briefly in the great scheme of things, while trash runs forever and forever?

I can only hope that Bill Amend will produce something else as inspired in some other media perhaps, but without Calvin, I delighted in my daily dose of Jason Fox and will miss it sorely.

Chris

I also agree. There are several cartoons that no one would miss, but we just keep losing the good ones: Calvin and Hobbes, The Boondocks, now Foxtrot.

BILL

Sheeeeeeeeesh !!! They were like family, I had brakfast with them every day !!!

Mike

Trash endures because trash is easy to write. Calvin and Hobbs, The Boondocks, Foxtrot quality is hard to keep up forever, and rather than dilute it, the wise man will let it die in its prime.

Dushall

Please don't forget Bloom County. One of my all time favorites. All others mentioned are in the same beloved group. Fox Trot will be sadly missed.

jarrod

Im really upset about
foxtrot going to a Sunday only strip. Im only 11 so i havent read all of the early comics so at least there will be some dailies that i have not read yet. As some people said up there first Calvin and Hobbes (which i have about 8 books of) and now Foxtrot I just dont understand

foxtrot

Sid

This sucks. All my favorite strips are dying out.

Deven

So what you are all saying is that Bill should continue to satisfy you guys and not give a single thought to himself? Hmmm sounds selfish to me. All great things must come to an end. Times and seasons change, there will be many more great comics to come along. Love what you have while you have it. Remember it once it is gone.

Monte

While I do have to respect Bill's right to what he wants, I still miss it.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!1

Mike

First of all, I'd like to thank Mr. Amend for so many years of entertainment. I wish him all the best. You've brighten up my mundane days and made me look forward to something in the daily newspapers.

Mike

First of all, I'd like to thank Mr. Amend for so many years of entertainment. I wish him all the best. You've brighten up my mundane days and made me look forward to something in the daily newspapers.

Blake

I've enjoyed reading your comic, Mr. Amend. I'll be sorry to see it go to once a week. However, after nearly twenty years, I can understand why you want to take a break. Comic readers around the world thank you for all the laughs. Best of luck to you in all your future endeavours.

Cheers

Blake

P.S. - your ability to make fun of other comic strips is spot on.

Gus Crosse

This is terrible, FoxTrot, is the first thing is read when i get in the office everyday, it will be devastating.
Thanks for all the great laughs.

BigTime

Bummer... Nuff said...

Brian Skinner

Too bad...After a little break, you know he will be back with another strip...hope it is soon...

Wesley Zimmerman

I think we should all remember that this great stuff he is putting out isnt over, he is just backing off to try something else. He may create something even better down the road but we wont know until he tries. Accept the Sunday Foxtrot as the sandwich mom gives you so you wont die before dinner. Enjoy it and wait for the big one that is coming up.

Rich G

I was just thinking the other day, I like Fox Trot more than Calvin & Bloom County. Hmm, maybe I was finally getting over the grieving from their loss!!

Lucas G

I too would like to thank Mr. Amend, I really enjoyed foxtrot all this time and will continue to (avidly) read the classics, and the new sundays. Good luck with your future endeavors, and we all look forward to your next big thing like Jason would another Star Wars release!

Phoenix Malizia

I'm going to miss the brilliance with which he created and developed Jason Fox - a nerd in the truest sense, brilliant in computers, math, and chess, with an undying love for Star Trek, Star Wars, D&D, and WoW; one must wonder how much of Jason it was that Bill Amend drew from himself, for could he have made the character so complete without personal knowledge of those geeky topics that interest Jason? And how I'll miss the occasional Nerd Search and Sudorku puzzles, which to me are further evidence of Bill's mathematical aptitude.

Nick

I would like to thank Bill Amend again for a gread ride with FoxTrot. I have been reading this comic faithfully since 1998 and have every book, so thank you. As said before, all great things must end.

Gordon

Man, they were my favorite. now thers only a few good ones left. the rest are things that dont even make sense

Danial

Bill knows when to get out. Jim Davis lost his creative spark YEARS ago.

Christine

Thanks for all the good times I've had with the Fox family, and thanks for the funny Sundays to come.

Merry Christmas, mr. Amend!

Johan

Big bummer. But I prefer it this way 1 M times, compared to seeing the quality go.

Alex

gee they couldn't of gotten rid of mark trail? they have to get rid of foxtrot.

Alex

gee they couldn't of gotten rid of mark trail? they have to get rid of foxtrot.

Steve

FoxTrot is NOT the first thing I read in the comics.

It's the last.

Because it's the best.

Thanks for the years, Bill!

lefitte

Mr. Amend, I admire you for getting out when you knew it was time. Why don't the numerous others do the same? To wit:

Family Circus
Beetle Bailey
Born Loser
Blondie
Hi & Lois
Hagar
Marmaduke
Garfield (though not bad recently)
Heatcliff
Dennis the Menace
Ziggy
Shoe (BOO!)
Crock
Wizard of ID
BC
Momma
Dick Tracy
Brenda Starr
Andy Capp

Thank God for Ink Pen, Pearls, Speed Bump and Lio.

Spencer

Even the best cool off after a while, I respect it when artists no longer feel they can deliver the quality they want to give.

Garfield is the best example of something that started funny and dried up, better to burn out than to rust.

Fredgardo

About time! Foxtrot is a tired, weak strip that should have
been retired years ago. It's only appeal is to grandmothers
and kids under 8 years old.

taylor

Peanuts remained fairly consistent over 50 years, so there are exceptions. still, we need to purge the comics of anything over 25 years old, no longer written by their original artists, or just plain not funny, profound or insightful. garfield, mallard fillmore, family circus, prickley city, dennis the menace, CATHY, and others need to be removed. long lives pearles before swine, get fuzzy and zits!

Jay Scholz

I salute Mr Amend's decision - as many have said before me, better to quit while ahead than to let it die a slow death.

Good luck Paige, Jason, Roger, Andy, and Peter. You've been good for a million laughs, and while I may not get all the jokes, I get the good ones.

Bob Minor

I agree, better to make a graceful exit than let it die a lingering death. A couple people mentioned Garfield; although the last few weeks have introduced a refreshing new plot twist, Garfield just hasn't been the same since he started walking on two legs. Get the books, up to about the eighth or ninth, they are terrifically funny! And if you don't like Mallard Fillmore, you're a Communist.

Sandy

Thanks for all the FoxTrot laughs you have given my family. I'll look forward to the Sundays comics. Long live Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine, and most certainly Herman.

Greg

Ignore 'Fredgardo' -- an acronym for his name is 'rag fodder' (much more appropriate, I think). FoxTrot was/is a wonderful strip, which equals only Dilbert for my funny bone needs.

Michelle

Man, that is a total bummer, That's one of my favorite strips; I read it every day, as well as some of the books that have been released. At least we'll still get a Sunday strip. As far as I'm concerned, it's better than nothing. (I don't miss Boondocks, but I do miss Calvin and Hobbes).

Mark Walters

Thank you Bill.

I've read your strip for many of years~ You have captured a spot in history, and my heart-

Mark W.

HeidiGrrrrl

Fox Trot is certainly one of my favorites. They don't run it in our local paper, so I have to read it on-line. It truly is one of the only comics that understand the term "comic". It is probably the only comic that makes me laugh. Other than my all-time favorite, For Better or for Worse, this one came in second.
As far as The Boondocks goes, I certainly won't miss it as it was racist in reverse (it's okay for blacks to be racist, but not whites).

Good luck, Mr. Amend. I appreciate the fact that you haven't actually killed the comic, just scaled it back.

Uncle Deercamp

Thanks for the laffs!

Rob

I have a tattoo of Calvin & Hobbes for the last 10+ years. They were the best. Pearls before swine is great, pooch cafe and even get fuzzy!!

Foxtrot was great! It will be missed.

David Cohen

Everything has a life span; just as your favorite dog has to die, they stop making your favorite snack chip just when it becomes available at the store around the corner from you, your favorite TV show gets cancelled because no-one but you and your friends recognize it's brilliance......How many of you have decided to make a mid-life change because you KNEW it was time?
Thanks, Bill, for all the joy and laughter you have brought into the world, good luck in whatever you do next, and let's all look forward to the next cartoon strip that captures that certain something that touches us!

Faith

Garfield has been around since 1978! Garfield is not worthless. Just put 'Frank & Ernest' on sundays only! No one reads 'Frank & Ernest' anyway!

Jason

It makes me sad; Foxtrot is such a great strip and has been a big part of my day for the past several years. Unfortunately the final decision is up to Bill and it is now irreversible. We can only hope that he will find time to incorporate some other media for his beloved characters. Personally, I hope that he puts some cool new stuff on his webpage. If it does end up making it to the big screen, I really hope it doesn’t turn out like Garfield did. It was ok, but I don’t think it really was an accurate reflection of the strip and the plot was kind of stupid. I do like that way that Bill is going out though, you have to give congrats to a guy willing to punish himself by ripping on his own decision.

In conclusion I would like to reiterate the above comment and would like to join “Taylor” in saluting this great strip. It was great for the past eighteen years and it is better for him to quit while he’s ahead. I will look forward to some amazing Sundays and the continuation of this great strip.

Tom

Kudos for going out on his own terms rather then getting burned out. And for us fans who at least get a weekly dose. I wish we could get Sunday only for Calvin & Hobbes and Far Side.

I weep for Bloom County's Brethed who got fired when Trump bought the syndicate because he didn't like the parody. Lesser men may have completely quit, but we had Outland and now Opus. I hope he regains as much success as he wants.

lefitte

Tom, you have some of your facts wrong. Trump has never owned a syndicate. Breathed's syndicate is owned by Rosie O'Donnell.

Kenneth Bate

While I will miss the daily Fox Trot strip, at least we will still have Sunday editions of it; this way, it will not be like other strips that have retired permanently.

Just be glad that we are still going to be entertained by the Fox family! :)

Chris M

I've only recently goten into FoxTrot when my wife found an anthology in a charity shopbook. I can't get the books in my local bookshops without going through the lengthy process of ordering any specially, extra cost and all that, and I don't trust ordering online (Amazon and all that). The Foxes are brilliant, but the only way I can get the strip is online. It's sad 'cos I like the feel and look of books, and the newspapers in GB don't run FoxTrot. I love Bloom County (never got into Outland),and now Opus, Calvin and Hobbes, some Garfield (though it's a little puerile these days), Dilbert, and now Pibgorn (online only). I guess I like my cartoons to have a bit of bite. Thanks for what you've done so far, Mr Amend!

Joe

I sense Pearls Before Swine stock going up soon...

BenPanced

Better Sundays only than completely gone...

Ryan

Thanks for all the strips. I loved Jason Fox. During the week, papers should get Frazz to replace Fox Trot. It'd appeal to the same audience. You can check it out at www.comics.com. He looks like a grown up Calvin. The strip is brilliant and way underrated.

Sid

"As far as The Boondocks goes, I certainly won't miss it as it was racist in reverse (it's okay for blacks to be racist, but not whites)."

Not really in reverse. Racism is racism.

Michelle

Bill Amend is going to Sundays-only, the comic isn't gone totally just yet!

I will miss my daily though.

Thanks Bill for your years of providing us quality comics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

JTR

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

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. :)

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.

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.

Dancer

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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...

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.

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 =).

Ragnar

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

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!

pete

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

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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...!!

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.

&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!

*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. :(

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

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.

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.

sora

what the heck the persson who just message was me Sora.Not Mary that's crazy.

sora

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

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.

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.

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

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!

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."

Nikoniko

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

JTR

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

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.

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.

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.

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