April 11th, 2009
by Terri Libenson
Itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve written a blog entry. I was caught up in presentation preparations during the past few months. So letâ€™s see, where were we? Oh yeah. Poor Rob got canned.
Yes, harsh economic times have caught up with the Kaplans. As I said, I wanted the strip to reflect a certain reality to the current climate. Originally, I thought of making one of the side characters lose their job, but I realized the story line would be more poignant if it affected the main family.
Now hereâ€™s the strange life-imitating-art-imitating-life thing thatâ€™s come out of this: so many people have asked me if my husband (my real hubby, not the inked & scanned version) was laid off. I wasnâ€™t too surprised at this questioning. However, I was surprised by the sheer volume of it. Actually, Iâ€™m pretty touched by the concern.
To answer this questionâ€¦no, luckily my husband is still employed — although heâ€™s taken quite a lot of ribbing at work because of the strip. I did suggest to him a â€œStranger Than Fictionâ€ scenario, where I can control his life just by writing it (new furniture, anyone?). He wasnâ€™t amused.
Occasionally, Iâ€™m asked the question, â€œDo you have these story lines all mapped out, like, say, a year in advance?â€ My answer: usually no. In this case, Iâ€™d like to explore the job loss situation as it progresses in real time. So I guess weâ€™ll all wait and see how this pans out.
(Note: new sample strips will be posted soon, including the reader favorite â€œLibido-meterâ€â€¦so donâ€™t forget to check back)
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