Sleep Disorder

Sleep Disorder

February 7, 2002

Since the beginning of Arlo & Janis, readers have assumed I am constantly at loggerheads with my handlers over content, that I spend my days negotiating with my editors the boundaries of propriety. Nothing could be further from the truth. I could count on the fingers of one hand the times I have had a submission flagged by the syndicate for taste or inappropriateness. Frankly, I’m a bit puzzled about this myself. Sometimes, I think they like to make bets on whether a questionable cartoon will get me in trouble. Other times, I don’t think they know who I am. However, the above is one of those times. My editors in New York balked at the original wording of this strip: “To think there was a time I wanted to sleep with you more than anything.” Or something like that. They thought it a tad too specific. I don’t remember the gory details. There were none, actually. We simply agreed on the above wording, which they suggested. I’m not sure how it solves the problem, and it steps on the gag, but editors must be humored on occasion. As I indicated, I can’t complain.

24 responses to “Sleep Disorder”

  1. I can relate to this strip. I did the same thing for years with my wife who made all manner of noises in her sleep. I finally persuaded her to get a sleep study and it surprised her. She got a CPAP a year ago and both of us are sleeping 100% better. It’s not at all as uncomfortable as she imagined and she sleeps like a log now.

    • Senior Management swears I snore; this is, of course, a vile slander, but in the interest of preserving the domestic tranquility I wear a CPAP. Man, do I hate that thing! But I do sleep a lot better – because She no longer shakes me awake (though She does complain about how loud the CPAP is…………)

  2. I almost commented on my phone and it had a different name and email than my normal. Also when I went to my laptop, everything was blank. Maybe Jimmy’s tinkering?

    I am not surprised that the content of the strip has not been challenged, at least lately. I have seen a lot more suggestive material in other strips. Today the strip is literally the Strip!

  3. Elaine knew I [gratefully] watched every move, & was ok w/ that. And Janis is kinda cute, at least to this prancing, leering, billy goat.
    To change the subj., what’s w/ the price tag, if that’s what it is, on Arlo’s coat, a few days back?

  4. What is that dark irregular blotch at the very bottom center of today’s panel 2? It cannot be towel as said towel is no longer wrapped around Janis – her unwrapped hips are seen at the left. It is unlikely to be Janis, herself, for a few reasons I needn’t mention.

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