The return of Opus

Note to Readers

November 16, 2003

Next Sunday, Opus, the first regular comic strip from Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berke Breathed in eight years, begins appearing each Sunday in The Sun's comics pages.

Breathed was the creator of the much-loved Bloom County in the 1980s, and followed that strip with Outland, which was published until 1995.

Opus features the penguin hero of the same name from both of those strips, now living with his mother back in Antarctica, trying to adjust to life as a penguin.

We hope you enjoy this new addition to our comics lineup.

Comics poll: Last chance

For the past week, we've asked you to help us make some changes in our comics lineup for the new year. Today is your last chance to vote.

Below is a list of 12 current Sun comics. Tell us - by mail, e-mail or online - which six you would eliminate. (Or write in one other current comic that you would eliminate instead.)

We need to receive your vote by Tuesday.

To vote:

By mail: Fill out and clip the ballot and send to Comics Poll, c/o Features Department, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

By e-mail: List the six you'd eliminate (or substitute one with a write-in choice) and e-mail to sun.features@baltsun.com.

Online: Vote at www.sunspot.net/comicspoll.

Only one vote per person (or e-mail) will be counted, and one voter will be picked at random to win a prize: cartoonist Gary Larson's new collection, The Complete Far Side, 1980-1994. We'll announce any comics changes we make before year's end.

Which six of these Sun comics would you eliminate?

Apartment 3-G

Barney Google & Snuffy Smith

Gasoline Alley

Herb & Jamaal

Kudzu

Mark Trail

Mary Worth

The Middletons

Momma

One Big Happy

The Phantom

Willy 'n Ethel

Which other comic would you eliminate instead?

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