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Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notes: '3-G' may go, but 'Memories 2' is coming

April 20. 2014 11:58PM

Attention, fans of "Apartment 3-G": The renters are in grave danger of being evicted from our comics page.

I received a lot of comments about comics recently when we decided to try out a new panel in place of "Close to Home." While the response to "Bizarro" has been tepid, defenders of "3-G" have been, um, less than spirited.

I received two responses in its corner (and one of those admitted it "moves very slowly.") But there were more people who said to deep-six it than any other strip mentioned.

"I would be happy not to overlook it each day," wrote one. "Boring," wrote another.

"Yup," said a third. "time for Apt. 3g to go! Margo will never get married, the other 2 will always have boyfriends that die and the artwork is terrible!"


On the other hand, "For Better or Worse" fans are more numerous and a lot more passionate.

Some readers agreed with me that the strip, now in repeats, is "getting old." But others agreed with the Bedford woman who called it "charming, a quality that few of the other comics seem to have. If they're repeats, I haven't noticed! This strip is so true to real life and has still retained its humor."

I didn't ask, but readers also chimed in on some other strips. "Mutts" elicited pros and cons. One suggested putting down "Marmaduke."

"How many things can a dog do?" he asked.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share an opinion. The jury is still out on "Bizarro," but the apartment girls may be packing soon.

Meanwhile, we have more requests of our readers.

In case you missed yesterday's Sunday News, our second annual Readers' Choice contest has begun. The ballot was published yesterday and will run again in today's paper, Page C8. It is also online at

We had a great response last year.

We also had a great response two years ago with "Manchester Memories." The book looked back at the city's early years and it shared photos that our readers had of ancestors or historic scenes.

We are now compiling Volume 2, including Greater Manchester photos from the 1940s through the 1960s. With the great help and assistance of the Manchester Historic Association, we will have scanning sessions next week. If you have a favorite photo from that era (an original, not a news clipping) you would like considered for the book, stop by the MHA Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford St., next Tuesday, April 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. or Thursday, May 1, and Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Submission forms are at or you may pick up a form here on William Loeb Drive Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Write to Joe McQuaid at or on Twitter @Deucecrew.

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