Attention, comics fans: Our innovative news and advertising section,
BayLink, will have space for four new comic strips when it launches on Monday.
And we want you to help us decide which comics to print.
BayLink — a daily section that helps you make good decisions about how to spend your money — will also contain all the color and black-and-white comics we now publish.
Plus, we're adding four new ones. That's where you come in.
On Monday we will introduce these strips:
• Rhymes With Orange, by Hilary Price, an edgy strip that Price says is meant for "a small niche of witty, intelligent and incredibly good-looking people."
• Mister Boffo, by Joe Martin. The main character, Earl, may be depicted in prehistoric times, the future, or anywhere in between. There is no continuity in the story — except that it has been funny since Martin started it in 1986.
• Tundra, by Chad Carpenter. This nature-themed strip puts a wicked twist on the animal kingdom. Example: A buzzard, eating carrion, says to his buddy: "Oh, gross, there's a hair in my food!"
• Cafe con Leche, by Charlos Gary. Gary, a former St. Petersburg Times illustrator, explores the lives of an interracial couple as they learn about each other's backgrounds — and about relationships.
We'll run the strips for a month, then introduce four new ones, and then four new ones after that. Along the way, we'll ask for your feedback. Your advice will help us decide which four strips to keep permanently.
Check out BayLink on Monday to see the new strips and learn how to give feedback.
Mike Wilson, assistant managing editor/Newsfeatures