I’ll have to admit that this was a very controversial strip in my
household. Ultimately, my girlfriend—who I’ve mentioned acts as an
unpaid, uncredited, and unimpressed editor—objected to the script when
she was looking it over. I’d like to say that the strip was almost
rewritten due to this controversy, but that’s just not the case. I’ve
become pretty good at ignoring criticism from her. You know, usually
stuff about me never listening or something. Anyway, I stuck to my guns
in this case is my point!
My girlfriend, who often finds the Boss irrepressibly cute, was
horrified to see him flying through the air as the result of being hit
by the bean bag round fired by a special agent! I sympathize a little,
but I have to admit that I find the fictional image of him flying
through the air with his little white paws flailing kind of funny. It
reminds me of some of the dogs in this video.
I also remember advice often given to writers of fiction, that an
author should try to make life as difficult as possible for their main
characters. I think this satisfies that rubric.
The other controversy I had to ignore was over the joke in the final
panel involving Joe sharting from electricity. My girlfriend argued that
this was “low humor” and that I was better than that. While a less
secure person may feel threatened by those comments, I instead feel deep
satisfaction. It’s a good feeling when you realize that someone thinks
you are more capable than you are. Her reaction just tells me that my
facade of being better than I actually am is working! I mean she tells
me all the time (of course) what a great guy she’s ended up with,
but—believe me—she settled. Oh yeah, she did.
Trivia: Joe first discovered his “problem” one dry
winter’s day in elementary school when he tried to hang out sock-footed
with Suzy Gagliardi on the classroom carpet. The results were shocking
in more than one way!