I recently was listening to an interview with
former intelligence analyst and convicted leaker Chelsea Manning. She
recounted during the interview that following her arrest she was placed
in a cage guarded by marines in Kuwait. She also had no access to
anyone—no lawyers, no friends, nothing. It was quite the harrowing
experience. So, considering everything, Smellsberg’s treatment might be
inaccurately kind. However, I decided that for the momentum of the
storyline, I didn’t want the leaker to be completely cut off from
everyone. I know it’s disappointing, but it was a fictional conceit that
I thought necessary. Nevertheless, I feel obligated to be upfront about
this in Corgi Boss because although the comic is fiction, I
strive for realism in every aspect of the comic. It’s a commitment that I
take very seriously. How seriously you might wonder?
Before starting Corgi Boss, I spent a solid two years meeting with consultants that told me they had actually
worked at newspapers run by talking dogs. This was not an easy task.
They have very strict visitor hours and policies at psychiatric
hospitals. I also spoke with a number of corgis about what it’s like to
work in journalism. This was much more difficult since virtually every
corgi I met just stonewalled and licked my face. I had the feeling that
these corgis had spread the word about me because once they (awkwardly)
sniffed my crotch, they never said a single word to me.
Finally, I spoke with some flaming dumpsters. I asked them what they
thought it would be like to be President of the United States.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a conspiracy of silence around flaming
dumpsters since our clandestine meeting behind Trader Joe’s was
observed. Soon after, I saw the flashing lights of the “authorities” and
found myself being booked for “arson.” I’m looking forward to my day in
court, Trader Joe’s.
Anyway, sorry this strip wasn’t as realistic as you are used to. Keep reading and maybe together we’ll beat this thing.
Trivia: Initially, the identity of the leaker was
the second biggest mystery of Joe’s life. The first one, of course, is
why he cries himself to sleep every night.