Sunday, June 20, 2010

Deep Thoughts, At Least for a Newspaper

For a limited time only, and (semi)exclusively at your preferred hometown newspaper's web site, your favorite former SNL cast members are testing animated online comic strips. I like to think of it as the wave of the future for newspaper comic strips. The cast includes Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, David Spade, Jack Handey, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Norm McDonald, Colin Quinn and Craig Kilborn.

"Beyond the Comics" is the brainchild of Fred Wolf, former chief writer for Saturday Night Live and writer/director of "Grown Ups," which premieres on Friday. Fred lives in Carmel and grew up dreaming of being a comic strip artist. He ended up doing standup and writing for SNL, but he's maintained his love for newspapers. (Where else would comedians go to stay relevant?)

Please do check out the comics during the test run Monday through Friday of this week. Most important, we need feedback. We wanna know what you think. Which comics do you think are funny and which are duds? Will the comics play in Peoria? Are the links choppy? We need to know all that stuff, which is why we've included a "What Did You Think" Link. This is your chance to be an audience for a pilot show. Spread the word among your friends.

With this test run, we're not so much interested in generating lots of numbers and "clicks;" we're mostly looking for critical feedback.

Return to our home page and click "Beyond the Comics."

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