Some papers are experimenting this week with a syndicated animated cartoon - Beyond the... Comics including the Tri-City Herald. I haven't had a chance to watch them yet, but I don't see why this syndication model can't work.
There's not much on the Herald site - just these two sentences -
Comics: Something old, something new
By Ken Robertson, Herald Executive Editor
A tidbit of comics history arrived in this morning’s mail just as the Herald website debuted something that may become a part of comics future — a weeklong series of animated comics.
They’re appearing for one week only on the Herald website and the websites of the San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Idaho Statesman, Monterey Herald, Houston Chronicle and SeattlePI.com.