These Tuesdays when I stay home and draw have been my saving grace over the last 18 months. It's the part of my work routine I'll miss the most.
For the sake of comparison, this is the first Fun & Games cartoon, from March 2007...
Back then, we (Janet, myself, and then-Features Editor Judy Watts, who has since moved on to bigger and better things elsewhere) figured that a cartoon caption contest would be one of several reader games that we planned to rotate through the page. But the reader response to the caption contest was so strong compared to the others that after the first month I just made it a weekly component.
I don't know what they'll do with the page after Sept. 5 (although I've been told the page will continue past that issue), but I don't think I've so enjoyed anything else I've ever done professionally.
And man, I'm sure hoping there are a few more surprises like this one out there.
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