From August of 2014, a bit of survival advice. There is a momentous anniversary coming up. On Saturday, July 29, Arlo & Janis will be 34 years old. I am of two minds when it comes to observing such milestones. Of course I feel fortunate to have drawn, for most of my adult life, a successful newspaper comic strip in what is a very competitive field. Who could ask for more? However, older strips often are written off de facto as irrelevant and past their prime. I will admit, it doesn’t get any easier, but I do strive to keep the strip consistently worth your while. This may come as a shock, but cartoonists are human beings. Real-life distractions are the same for them as for anyone. It seems I have had my fair share of those lately, but I promise to keep doing the best I can for you. And thank you! Thank you for reading Arlo & Janis.