‘Non Sequitur’ is removed from comics pages

February 15, 2019 GMT

The Santa Fe New Mexican will replace the syndicated cartoon Non Sequitur after a recent strip that was published in hundreds of newspapers across the country contained hidden profanity.

The comic by Wiley Miller will be replaced beginning Feb. 18.

Miller, in a statement Monday through his distributor, Andrews McMeel Syndication, said the profane statement, which was in the second of three panels published Sunday in The New Mexican comics section, was included by mistake. However, in a tweet Sunday afternoon, Miller referenced an “Easter egg” in the comic and challenged readers to hunt for the message, which was directed at President Donald Trump.

“The comics section is dear to many readers, and the standards of taste there are no different than they are in other parts of the newspaper,” said New Mexican Editor Phill Casaus. “The decision to drop a comic is not made lightly, but it’s one we have to make.”

Other U.S. newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News, Sacramento Bee and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also have dropped the comic.

The New Mexican has published Non Sequitur since 1996.