September 23rd, 2010

It’s all about perspective…

by Terri Libenson

It’s funny what readers think versus my own opinion. Sometimes I’m so close to my material, I lose all objectivity. Case in point: I remember writing my September strips (back in May) and feeling “ok” about them…but not as excited as I have been about other months’ strips.

Yet, I’ve received many compliments about this month’s batch. It figures, huh? That’s okay — it’s reassuring, really. And it goes to show just how subjective humor is. Sometimes all I want to do is write the funniest cartoons possible, but it’s usually the relatable ones that draw the most responses.

To me, the comic strip is a fluid art form – like any art form – and it doesn’t always have to be funny or clever or phenomenally artistic. Yet it can be. It is what its creator makes it to be. It is an extension of the artist, an expression. That’s one of the reasons I was drawn to this medium. I love being funny and clever and artistic…but sometimes I just want to get a message across. It’s so nice I have this outlet to do so.

So thanks to all those who made me feel good about these September strips. Somehow, despite my ambiguous feelings, I managed to get my message across. And to me, that’s a big deal.

Cuss

(One of the Sept. strips — ok, technically August — I did really like that received absolutely no feedback. Eh, what can ya do?)

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