Check out ‘Red and Rover,’ vote on ‘Argyle Sweater’

Today we start testing another new strip on our weekday comics page – this one from a familiar name – and continue voting on “The Argyle Sweater.”

The new comic, “Red and Rover,” is from Brian Basset, the Seattle-based creator of “Adam.” Loosely set in the late 1960s and based on Basset’s own childhood, it follows the adventures of a 10-year-old boy and his dog, who can read each other’s thoughts.

As many of you noticed, Basset stopped drawing “Adam” in February 2009 to focus more of his attention on “Red and Rover,” though he continues to write the words for “Adam.”

Like “Dustin,” which it replaces, “Red and Rover” is one of this year’s nominees for best newspaper comic strip by the National Cartoonists Society.

It’s the third strip we’re testing in the space formerly occupied by “Get Fuzzy,” following “Pickles” and “Dustin.” We plan to try out one more comic in that spot, then decide by the end of June which strip (or strips) to add to the page.

Reader voting on “Red and Rover” will begin in two weeks, after you’ve had a chance to become familiar with it.

Meanwhile, we’re accepting votes now on “Argyle Sweater,” the offbeat single-panel comic which has run for the past two weeks in the former “6 Chix” space.

Call our comics line at (509) 459-3814, or send an email to comics@spokesman.com, and rate “Argyle Sweater” on a scale of one to five, with one being the worst and five being the best.

Also please state your age and gender, to give us a better idea what types of readers it does, or doesn’t, appeal to.

“Argyle Sweater” is the second new panel we’ve tested in that space, following “Off the Mark.” We plan to try out two more comics there before deciding which one to add to our daily lineup.

– Rick Bonino, Features Editor

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