In his December 18th Chatalogical Humor chat, Gene Weingarten said,
"Yes, I hate the new Sunday comics squeeze, too. It's bad and I hate it. And I hate that Weekend is losing Tom The Dancing Bug, one of the few remaining strips with a brain.
Hate, hate, hate."
with reader responses of an outpouring of love for Tom the Dancing Bug, and:
Hate, Hate, Hate: Opus has been shrunk to one quarter of its original size. Need reading glasses......
Get down to comics and smack the individual responsible!
Gene Weingarten: They don't listen to me.
Washington, D.C.: Tom the Dancing Bug is going away?! I'd cancel my subscription if I had one. I certainly won't get another subscription now. I had been considering going Friday through Sunday only, but not anymore. What's going in his space? More crap to entertain the dozen kids in the area who don't watch tv nonstop?
Gene Weingarten: I dunno. I am upset.
Bethesda, Md.: Why is Weekend dropping Tom the Dancing Bug? That's the smartest strip around. Can't they move it to Outlook or somewhere else? Should we riot?
Gene Weingarten: I would never personally endorse a riot. In fact, inciting to riot is a crime. So I would never personally endorse RIOTING. But some action is in order short of rioting.
Tom the Dancing Bug:...is available Thursday on Salon.com -- in color no less.
Gene Weingarten: Noted. Boy, I hate posting this. DON'T READ THE POST, READ SALON!