Monday, May 23, 2005
Ginger Meggs Part II
Some people might remember the fuss that we managed to create last year about Ginger Meggs. In a nutshell the Sunday Mail here in Adelaide decided to drop Ginger Meggs along with other Australian created strips from it's comic pages in favour for American created and owned strips. The bulk of those strips appeared to be product placement strips - Simpsons, Scooby Doo for example, both promiting cartoons on the Fox run Nickelodeon channel, and Fox are owned by News Ltd, who also own the Sunday Mail.
For those who are interested there's an excellent write up here. That link takes you to the official InkSpot site, but you can read the write up here as a standard html link. I've also posted a portion of my interview with 5AN - be warned it's not the smallest file in the world, it comes in at just under 5megs. If I may say so, it's worth a listen. Sadly I can't find the last 6 minutes or so, but you'll get the gist.
So where does this lead us? Last night I got an email from James saying that the Sydney Morning Herald have decided to drop Meggs from it's daily comics page and replace it with... puzzles. That's right - puzzles.
Ginger Meggs is a strip that was created by an Australian for an Australian audience. It's as Australian as it comes, most red headed people here in Australia have been called Ginger Meggs at least once in their life. The strip has been around for over eighty years now, has spawned a major motion picture and has become an cultural icon. That icon is again in danger and I, for one, won't have it. I refuse to have it.
If you feel the same then here's what you do. Go to the Herald's contact site and email them, or phone them. let them know you're disgusted with what they're doing. If you want the details then here they are: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 02 9282 1569 directly. Call the various talkback shows in Sydney and also let them know. Email news services and let them know. Spread the word. Shame the Herald into bringing back Meggs.
We've done it once, we can do it again...