Bittersweet Saturday Morning


For quite some time now, Saturday morning has meant a good breakfast and coffee. It is the time that I can make and enjoy more cups of coffee than I can during the work week.  I have the time to make it, and more importantly, I have the time to drink it.  Another aspect of Saturday mornings that has existed since long before I even started drinking coffee is reading the Saturday comics.  They provide much needed relief from the often bleak news–today’s talk of war can be quite worrying and depressing.

In the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) the Toronto Star publishes the colour comics insert on Saturdays. I suppose this is different in other major cities on the continent, but this is my reality.  The other rival paper, the Toronto Sun, publishes (I believe, but I am not actually sure) their comics insert on Sunday.  My preference has always been for the Saturday comics.  With only doom and gloom about the newspaper industry being spoken, I hope that this tradition will continue.

I have been reading these strips for years and enjoy many of them. The problem is that they come and go, or creators die and their children take over and keep them going.  I loved Calvin and Hobbes, but the creator Bill Watterson decided to move on.  Currently I have been enjoying Retail, Sherman’s Lagoon, Zits, Pajama Diaries, and others.

Sadly, Pajama Diaries will no longer be published as its creator Terri Libenson has other things to pursue. She has written acclaimed books and greeting cards–so it isn’t hard to imagine that she’s got some other creative ideas to work on.  Thank you Terri for your awesome cartoon strip.  I have really enjoyed it and I am sad to see it go.

It’s replacement does not seem nearly as funny, but I say the same thing at the start of every TV season–the new shows can’t replace the ones that were cancelled or had their finales–then I find something that I like.

My Saturday morning might have been bittersweet, but it was still a good Saturday morning.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to Bittersweet Saturday Morning

  1. Alien Resort says:

    The comics are the best part of the newspaper.

    • Anthony says:

      I agree wholeheartedly.

    • They say you live longer if you read the funny pages first. I haven’t taken the paper in years, and the Austin one is so flimsy anyway. I too miss Calvin and Hobbes…. a guy I went to high school with named his kid Hobbes. So much like Tigger and yet not and funnier.

      There’s a Tony one old guy writing about health on WP who puts them in his blog on Saturdays… I wonder about the copywriting. Good news that The Far Side is going on line finally and there will be some new ones!

  2. Hunida says:

    Sounds like a peaceful Saturday. 😊 I am the same way when my favorite things get replaced– you just gotta give it some time to get used to, right?

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