One Merchants Plaza in Bangor. Credit: Gabor Degre / BDN

The Bangor Daily News has published the comic strip Close to Home daily for several years. The content of the Feb. 21 strip, which showed an especially ugly version of the bigoted Lone-Ranger-and-Tonto imagery, was racist. It offended many of our readers and us. We apologize for publishing it.

The BDN will review its screening process of comics and be more sensitive.

We contacted Andrews McMeel Syndication, the publishing company that distributes the strip, and received a written apology from John McPherson, the creator of the comic. “I would like to apologize to those who found the Feb. 21 panel to be offensive, as I in no way meant to characterize anyone in the comic in a racist way,” McPherson stated. “My comics are meant to entertain, and I’m sorry that this one was hurtful to some readers.”

Andrews McMeel, which oversees the content and quality of the comic strips it provides to hundreds of newspapers, also apologized and stated it “will strive to be more sensitive” in the future.