When this panel was rejected, I didn’t really understand why. My editor e-mailed me to say that we couldn’t use it because of the animal cruelty factor. The explanation didn’t make sense to me so I called him. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Why can’t we run this panel??
My editor: Because readers may take offense at what they perceive to be cruelty to animals.
Me: Oh, C’mon! I love all of God’s creatures!!
My editor: I know, Scott. That’s why that cocker spaniel still has a restraining order against you.
Me: Hey! We’ve all done things we regret! If you’ve ever sat through an HBO “Country Strong” marathon then you know what I mean!
Seriously though, anyone who knows me, knows that I would never hurt an animal. Although, I do have this recurring fantasy where I push 3 cows off of the Empire State Building causing them to fall to their deaths. But enough about the Kardashians…
Anyhow, I guess what I learned was that dead animals aren’t meant to be in comics and should be left where they belong… On top of Donald Trump’s head. Zing!