More on the subject of syndicates and their unreasonable aversion to guns can be found in the latest Pearls Before Swine collection, which somebody gave to somebody at our house for Christmas. I don’t remember where it came from, just that it was in the magazine rack for several months and there was plenty in the commentary about rejecting strips due to gun content. I also got the first collection of the earliest Bloom County strips and did indeed stumble on a panel with a gun whited out. “The comic strip no syndicate would ever accept” was born. As an aside to sum up my weekend, sitting down to an MST3K movie with a slice is pizza and root beer is the perfect evening.

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