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Oh No! "Sylvia" Cut From Tribune

February 8, 2010

Sylvia, Nicole Hollander’s well-loved feminist cartoon strip will no longer appear in her home-town paper as of February 8. The Chicago Tribune is going to a narrower format and decided to cut some strips rather than shrink the comics down from their already nearly unreadable size. But Sylvia fans are not taking it lying down. Chicago’s independent bookstore, Women and Children First, is helping to mount a campaign to reverse the decision. Sylvia’s friends are asked to appeal to editors Jane Hirt and Geoff Brown to bring her back home, with copies to Hollander. The Tribune Media Services still syndicates Sylvia, which runs on the Women’s eNews site among other outlets. And an Oakland theater company, Stage Bridge, is mounting a world-premiere musical this month, “Sylvia’s Advice on How to Age Gracefully on the Planet Denial.” Hollander’s new book, The Sylvia Chronicles: 30 Years of Graphic Misbehavior, Reagan to Obama, will be out in August. Still, reports Michael Miner of the Chicago Reader, Hollander feels bad about the Tribune decision: “I’m pretty addicted to doing the strip. I still feel it’s fresh, I have ideas all the time.”