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The Daily Item of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, according to Editor & Publisher, added ten comic strips March 20 without dropping any of its present line-up to make room. Unprecedented....Rob Harrell ended his Big Top strip’s five-year run on March 25 for “both professional and financial reasons”; the strip was in about 40 newspapers, not enough to make a living at, I fear, and Harrell had other career choices to make, no doubt....Prince Valiant, ComicsReporter.com reminded us, turned 70 on February 13. And come May 22, we’ll reach the 100th anniversary of the birth of Georges Remi, who, when he re-arranged his initials backwards and pronounced them aloud, became the world renowned Herge; we’ll be celebrating here, come May....Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts and so avid a skater that he built a skating rink near his studio in Santa Rosa, California, has been posthumously elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

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