A behind-the-scenes peek at today’s strip

Today’s strip was actually conceived 8 weeks ago. The problem with working so far out on deadline is a lot can happen in 8 weeks. If you’re doing political jokes, this can be risky. Years ago I wrote a strip about a presidential candidate I thought for sure would be in the race by the time the strip ran. A week before it was to be published, that candidate dropped out. It was too late for me to pull it from newspapers, so it had to run. Today’s strip was a safe bet.
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Seriously!!

trump-zucchiniWhen I wrote this strip back in August I had no idea we’d be looking at a Trump nomination. Like almost everyone else, I figured he’d be gone by the end of the year. Boy did I get THAT one wrong!

I love including political humor in the strip, but unlike editorial cartoonists, I have to work weeks ahead. When I’m writing about a specific topic, I have to hope that what I’m saying will have any relevancy by the time it’s published.