Even the funny pages are not sacred anymore

This was a while ago now, but I’m finally getting around to writing about the fact that something strange is going on with the funny pages. On Oct 28th and 29th, there were a number of references embedded into some strips which seemed to be advertising.


On Sunday the 28th, “Family Circus” advertised a television show. On Monday the 29th, “Blondie” advertised a tech gadget, which frankly seems anachronistic to the strip since isn’t set in the 50’s or something anyway? Also on Monday the 29th, “Mother Goose and Grimm” advertised a different tech gadget, this time by brand name.

What the heck is going on? If this is product placement, I’m sad and annoyed that it’s not just in kid’s textbooks but now even on the funny pages, and I think that paid placements should be clearly noted. If this is not product placement, then these writers all need to take a break and find something original to write about instead of plagiarizing commercials.