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YMMV / Tumbleweeds

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  • Broken Base: The Poohawk tribe was this, both today and during the strip's run. Some found them an offensive media stereotype but others found them hilarious. In fact, T.K. Ryan even got fan mail from Native Americans, who openly admitted that the Poohawks were Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Cult Classic: Tumbleweeds never had the mass following of Peanuts or Calvin and Hobbes or the mass merchandising of Garfield but it still has its fans.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The Fawcett reprint books have gone out of print and cost much more money than reprint books of other comic strips.
  • Retroactive Recognition: T.K. Ryan employed an assistant from 1969 to 1978 to help out on Tumbleweeds. That assistant's name was Jim Davis.
  • Values Dissonance: Both during its run and today, Tumbleweeds has courted controversy over the Poohawk tribe being an offensive depiction of Native Americans. Angry letters criticizing these stereotypes were sent to individual newspapers as well as the syndicate. One would have to wonder whether or not this comic strip could run nowadays.

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