Big changes for ‘Lum and Abner’ comic strip
Starting on June 1, First Arkansas News will no longer be one of the owners of the Lum and Abner comic strip that we started in conjunction with artist Donnie Pitchford a couple of years ago.
Does that mean there’s been a falling out, a fight or anything unnecessarily negative? Absolutely not. In fact, First Arkansas News will keep running the strip and we’ll post it every Sunday just as we always have. This change has to do more with revenue than anything else — Pitchford does the lion’s share of the work on the strip, whereas First Arkansas News has gone about as far as it can in promoting the comic. There’s just not a whole lot of money to go around, and it’s simply not equitable for Pitchford to put in the majority of the work and share profits with a site that is no longer adding much value to the strip.
It’s worth mentioning that Ethan C. Nobles, owner of First Arkansas News, made the decision to turn the strip over to Pitchford out of a sense of plain old fairness. It’s a fantastic series and we at First Arkansas News certainly hope that Pitchford continues to grow the strip and makes a buck or two in the process. However, there’s something inherently wrong with the notion of this site to continue collecting revenue from the project — it was the role of First Arkansas News to expand the audience for this strip and find more sources of revenue to pay for the project. First Arkansas News has not done as well as hoped in that regard and, honestly, Pitchford is capable of moving forward on this project without us.
Thanks to the efforts of both Pitchford and First Arkansas News, the comic has found an audience through this site and is in print at the Mena Star and the The Standard in Amity, Ark. The strip will continue running in those newspapers every week.
Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see Lum and Abner find a new, permanent home on the Internet that Pitchford is working to establish. If you are already a sponsor, it is our hope that you will continue to be one and expect to hear from Pitchford in the near future about ways to continue supporting this very worthwhile project. If you’re not a sponsor, please consider becoming one.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact Pitchford directly by sending him an email to email@example.com.
Of course, we plan to post a new Lum and Abner strip every Sunday and you can always access it by clicking here.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.