I’m still mining the archives from about 10 years ago, the above from April, 2008. Paraphrasing the fine print in the advertisements for lawyers, “This is not to suggest the services of this comic strip are superior to the services of any other comic strip.” However, innocuous as it is, newspaper readers simply were not used to encountering this sort of thing very often. It simply wasn’t done. Except in Arlo & Janis. (“Honey! Did you see this? He said, ‘Rhymes with witching!’ I can’t believe they printed that!) Honest, I do not believe my contributions have coarsened printed comics strips at all; it’s just that the accepted standards, for so long, were ridiculous.