Comic for 7/9/11


It was brought to my attention that the mention of “chloroform” in today’s strip (7/9) is bad timing due to the recent verdict in the much publicized Casey Anthony trial. Apparently there was evidence during the trial that it may have been used in the murder.

In case there is any doubt, I’d like to point out that “bad timing” is exactly what this amounts to. Today’s strip was in NO WAY meant as a reference to the Casey Anthony trial. The daily “Retail” strips are written 6 to 7 weeks prior to their publication date. No correlation between today’s strip and the recent verdict was even possible, let alone intended.

I sincerely regret if, for some, this unfortunate coincidence has taken the humor out of today’s installment. I hope there are no hard feelings among my readers.


9 thoughts on “Comic for 7/9/11

  1. Never even made the connection, but then again I wasn’t really following the case either. Sometimes coincidence works in your favor, and sometimes it doesn’t.

  2. I love your work, Norm, and never even made the connection. I’ve often wondered where I could buy chloroform myself…

  3. I already assumed you submitted your cartoons 6-8 weeks in advance because in a book about Garfield Jim Davis says he usually submits his strips 6-8 weeks in advance.

  4. I actually just read Bill Amend’s essay in the back of Camp FoxTrot like right before coming on here. This is a heck of a coincidence, considering that this is exactly the kind of thing the essay was about!

    And six weeks is even longer than Bill, who sent in his daily strips a mere two weeks in advance! I thought the norm was around a month, even before that.

    Although I did find today’s strip more over-the-top than funny, no harm done. Don’t sweat it, Norm. Hope you don’t lose a contract over this or anything… like Bill was warning about…

    Don’t worry, I’ll keep reading 🙂

  5. People are looking for reasons to be upset and complain these days. Do not even bother to dignify their crap with a response. Ignore it.

  6. Like others, I figured it’d had been a coincidence(I read the same Garfield book Marc B read) and when I saw the chloroform joke, my mind immediately leapt to “The Simpsons” which loves jokes about that stuff….funnily enough, on July 9, one of my local networks was re-airing an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from earlier in the week that had Buffy’s mom, under the influnece of a demonic spell, chloforming Buffy.

  7. Never fear, Norm. You have intelligent readers. C-ing Y A is a good idea these days, but I hope you feel assured that we only think the best of you!!

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