March 6th, 2008
by Terri Libenson
Iâ€™ve never had a typical â€œgirlyâ€ sense of humor. I hate â€œchick litâ€ and â€“ other than Lynda Barry â€“ was never particularly influenced by female cartoonists. Not that I donâ€™t admire or read comic strips by other women. I absolutely do and I haveâ€¦but I donâ€™t necessarily seek them out over other ones.
An interesting fact: before Pajama Diaries, most of the cartoon protagonists I developed were men. They were always alter egos of myself and werenâ€™t overtly feminine (other than displaying a few of my klutzy/neurotic tendencies). For some reason, on paper I used to feel more comfortable in the â€œmaleâ€ mind. Obviously, this has changed. Iâ€™m glad it has; I think the world needs more women delivering the punchlines.
Stillâ€¦I was happy to take a vacation from the female mindset and introduce a two-week series from Robâ€™s (the husband) standpoint. This series lasts until March 15th. I did it as an homage to my own long-suffering husband whose alter ego frequently plays the â€œstraight manâ€ in PD. In reality, heâ€™s actually used to being more of the source of entertainment.
This was a fun series to writeâ€¦as well as a much-needed break from my feminine side. Thanks for the inspiration, Honey!
(New Yearâ€™s Resolution Update: Iâ€™ve been workinâ€™ my tailbone off and am now FIVE days aheadâ€¦on top of the regular five-week lead time for turning in strips. This is monumental, especially since my kids have had a couple of snow days recently. Yay, me!! Letâ€™s hope this trend lastsâ€¦)
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