Friday, November 05, 2004

No Time to Simmer

Occasionally you might notice a difference between the strip online and the strip in the paper. If you were inclined to notice, this would be a good day for it.

When I write a strip, I usually need a few extra days of simmering to catch awkward phrasing, or muddy punchlines. But if I deliver the week's strips to the syndicate with the deadline smacking my nose, I've run out of time for refinement. That's what happened this week. The strip you see in the paper today is one tweak away from the strip you see online (because it's easier for the syndicate to update a daily on their web site.)

If you enjoy this sort of thing, brace yourself: it happens again tomorrow.