August 28th, 2011
by Terri Libenson
Funny little story: Pajama Diaries was recently picked up by The Toronto Star (yahoo!). Earlier in July, I was told it might start during the week of July 25. In a panic, I looked up the strips that would be published that week (I write 5 months in advance now, so I usually lose track of whatâ€™s running in the present). Anyway, I noticed there were two risquÃ© strips running back-to-back. One of them I wasnâ€™t so worried about. But the following strip REALLY worried me. These are the two comics:
Bet you know where Iâ€™m going with this. A brand new strip with an f-bomb debut? â€¦ I was afraid Iâ€™d be booted from the Star before the week was even over. My editor and I decided it wasnâ€™t worth the risk. So we replaced it with this one:
The day cameâ€¦I noticed the replacement strip was up on the King Features Daily Ink site (nice plug, eh?). I went about my business. Later that week, my husband mentioned that his coworkerâ€™s teenaged son LOVED my Tuesday strip. I was confusedâ€¦the one about the massage? That didnâ€™t connect. No, my husband replied, the one with the f-bomb.
Wait, WHAT? That made even less sense. I had it replaced! A few emails later, I learned that it was only replaced on the website, NOT in the papers. Oops. So we waited for the angry emails from horrified new readers. None came (at least, not to my inbox. The paper might be a different story)
The lesson? It never fails: the strips that I think are going to invite negative email rarely do. You might as well cue the crickets and tumbleweeds. And of course, the most innocuous ones will inevitably draw the most criticism. I guess the one thing Iâ€™ve learned is that I really shouldnâ€™t try to second guess myself too much. It pays to just write from the heart.
Or in this case, from the gutter.
Unlock 250,000+ comics.
Terms Apply. Converts to Continuous Service Subscription. Cancel Anytime.