Save Suspect Device!

May 6, 2010 by

My jaw dropped and I, yes even I, was momentarily speechless.

As of this week the Suspect Device political comic strip will no longer appear in Gambit Weekly, where it has run for the past 12 years. This was a Gambit business (not editorial) decision, based on budget. If you would like to see it come back, you might want to bypass editorial levels and complain directly to the publishers.

This is tragic and needs to be fought. Greg Peters and Suspect Device have been a potent and needed dose of politics for us since long before the levee failure pissed him off. Viewing the political morass of Louisiana through a magnifying glass Greg then put things in context in the way only a master satirist who truly cares about this place could.

I can understand the harsh financial realities facing publishers these days, I’ve got a lot of friends in the news biz. I also understand that if enough of us make our voices heard we can save the strip.

Keep in mind that cussing people out achieves nothing. Make your voice heard, but do so in a rational way so it is taken seriously. I have a lot of love for The Gambit, but Suspect device is one of the single best and most important elements of their weekly.

Now, get ye forth and make your voices heard. You can also join (or Fan or Like or whatever it has changed to today) the Save Suspect Device page on Facebook. I’m just building it now so there is little there. I advise populating it with reasons why you love the strip and why they should keep it.

Publisher’s Info:

Gambit Communications, Inc.
3923 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-5900
Operating Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
President & CEO/Publisher: Margo DuBos

I know it may seem small in light of the oilpocalypse, but it was things like Greg’s cartoons and the writings of Ashley Morris that kept our fires burning during the darkest times of the past five years. It is only appropriate that we do the same in return. Any rumor that is is purely selfish and only because we will miss his satirical scalpel with be roundly denied.

Go forth! Spread the word! Please share this post or write one of your own. Suspect Device is a natural resource we cannot afford to squander!

-Loki, HumidCity Founder and Publisher

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