There is, of course, a solution to the "MitDo* problem" with Ian drawing this Saturday comic. It's a totally economic solution, and one entirely within your grasp, should you decide to do this.
Boycott Sluggy Freelance on Saturday only.
If enough people stop reading SF on Saturdays, and if enough people don't read the Saturday strips during archive crawls, then from an economic perspective Pete would be better off ending the MitDo* strips. Complaining here is going to do nothing. Pete has a good thing going, he knows people are going to read his comic unless something really drastically unpopular happens (and even then many people would still read it), and enough people blindly click on Sluggy Freelance 7 days a week no matter what's on it.
So the only way to send a message, should you really want to do this, is to NOT read Sluggy Freelance on Saturday. Boycott Saturdays. If enough people did that, then ad revenues for Saturday would drop (assuming that ad revenues work that way, of course), Pete would realize you are serious about this, and MitDo* would probably either be altered so that it was more to your enjoyment (slightly less silly, and whatever else people dislike about it) or even go away entirely.
I look at such a course of action and think it's overdoing it. Besides, there's what, 30, 40 people on the forums actively complaining about the Saturday comic? There's probably twice that number who read the forums and may agree on this but don't feel strongly enough to post (or don't have an account and read the forums as guests). So, should all of you combine forces to boycott... then SF loses 90-120 page views on Saturdays. Compared to how many fans of the comic who would read anyway? Unless you actually got through to the indifferent Sluggy Fans who may be mildly disappointed by MitDo* but not enough to do anything about it.
In the end... Sluggy Freelance is Pete's comic to do with as he wishes. He wishes for the MitDo* strips to continue. So they will continue, no matter what your wishes. Me... sure, I haven't enjoyed them that much, but the only other strip that I read that updates Saturdays is Narbonic
. College Roomies from Hell
used to... but due to carpal tunnel and working on dead-paper editions of CRfH, she reduced it to 5 days a week, and now that she's suffering morning sickness, it's a tad more... intermittent. Jamie Robertson of Clan of the Cats
also used to update 7 days a week, but he's doing a 3x weekly schedule now (full-page full-color format though, the Dracula storyline is intended to become a graphic novel when finished) as well.
Saturdays are not a good day for comics. Many readers tend to read the comic from work or school, and don't bother with web-comics on the weekends (which is another reason a boycott wouldn't work that well, weekend readings tend not to do as well) because people don't read them until Monday in any event.
So, for better or worse... get used to MitDo*. If you don't like it, just don't read it. Because I seriously doubt Pete is going to change how he does things just because some of his fans dislike it... especially as it seems like HE enjoys the MitDo* strips.
Robert A. Howard