September 23rd, 2010
by Terri Libenson
Itâ€™s funny what readersÂ think versus my own opinion. Sometimes Iâ€™m so close to my material, I lose all objectivity. Case in point: I remember writing my September strips (back in May) and feeling â€œokâ€ about themâ€¦but not as excited as I have been about other monthsâ€™ strips.
Yet, Iâ€™ve received many compliments about this monthâ€™s batch. It figures, huh? Thatâ€™s okay — itâ€™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 itâ€™s usually the relatable onesÂ that draw the most responses.
To me, the comic strip is a fluid art form â€“ like any art form â€“ and it doesnâ€™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. Thatâ€™s one of the reasons I was drawn to this medium. I love being funny and clever and artisticâ€¦but sometimes I just want to get a message across. Itâ€™s so niceÂ 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, thatâ€™s a big deal.
(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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