That’s Not the Kind of Conversation You Should Have Over Powdered Toast Cereal!
Okay, so what the hell is happening in Sally Forth?
When I started writing the summer’s storylines, this is not at all what I envisioned would happen. I had planned Sally and Ted to go on wacky adventures sans Hil. I had expected Hil to have a triumphant summer even sans Faye and Nora. And I had expected Faye and Nora to cement their friendship sans Hil.
But—and this is the sort of answer that sounds either remarkably evasive or indicative of a capricious mindset—the characters had other plans. I have written Sally Forth for close to 19 years. And in that time I have learned to trust the characters in where they take the story. Thus, what started out as a series of carefree seasonal plots became to me a far more intriguing (and to some readers a needlessly depressing) foray into various relationship dynamics. The great thing about writing a comic strip for so long is that the characters have become quite real to me…and so their problems carry far more weight for me as well. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like perfect characters. And I don’t like neat scenarios. But I do like my characters so I won’t do a Lars Von Trier by putting them through the meat grinder for the sake of watching the sausage be made. I will, however, follow them through a tough, even unpleasant, time to get through to the other side.
One reader mentioned that they were happy I was taking over the soap opera strip Judge Parker so I can finally stop using “angsty crap” plots for Sally Forth. And I completely understand that. But one, they don’t know Judge Parker is going to be nothing but cannibalism stories. And two, in the end Sally Forth will always be a light strip. Best friends will always be so close they’re telepathic. Ted will still watch the worst holiday special EVER made the day after Thanksgiving. And Sally will still drink too much whenever her mom visits (somehow I consider that light). But with light you will always cast shadows, otherwise in the end everything will seem intangible, immaterial. And when the darkness has passed and the characters are stronger for it, trust me, everyone will be unwrapping their Log presents over a bowl of Powdered Toast Cereal.