The Daily Times from Salisbury, Maryland on October 6, 2001 · 14
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The Daily Times from Salisbury, Maryland · 14

Salisbury, Maryland
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Saturday, October 6, 2001
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AFTER THE ATTACKS i i i: I . - jr - -- -.J : Sw,IL . , Ghani Raines, left, and Jim Miller are interviewed by military police officers near a mountain-top federal site near Pen Mar, Md., recently. The two were leading hikers from a Baltimore County private school on the Appalachian Trail and veered too close to the secure facility. Comic strips catch up By Gretchen Parker AuocialMl Prau Writer BALTIMORE - Jerry Scott, known for the "slam bang whack" humor of his comic strip "Baby Blues," is keeping his characters in their parallel universe, a place where there is no terrorism. "To break down that third wall would violate a trust we have with our readers," said Scott, one of the creators of "Baby Blues" and "Zits." "We give them a respite and a safe place to go." In the wake of the terrorist attacks, comic strip artists are rethinking what is funny and grappling with whether even to acknowledge the tragedy. Imagine Garfield or Blondie talking about terrorism in the Sunday funnies, Scott said: "Wouldn't you just love to be Dagwood for a day? All you have to worry about is that sandwich and the mailman smacking into you." ' . Most syndicated artists work at least three weeks ahead of publication dates. This week, readers began seeing comics created the week of Sept. 11. Often, the make-believe lives of most characters are insulated from the real world, But like almost everything else, that has changed. "Given the immediacy of comic strips, they have a special place in our culture," said Tom Batiuk, who often addresses issues such as alcoholism and teen suicide in "Funky Winkerbean." "It's sort of the way we used to talk over the back fence, this is our way of doing that." This week, Funky's TV correspondent wife, Cindy, reports on what is happening in New York. Greg Evans' characters in "Luann" will begin' talking about the attacks and the chance of Luann's older brother joining the military. "If they didn't react to this, it would seem so artificial, as if they're living in some comic-strip cocoon," Evans said. As cartoonist Darby Conly watched bodies fall from the World Trade Center, his imaginary world of "Get Fuzzy" about a single ad executive and his talking cat and dog suddenly seemed irrelevant. He put off working for two days. "It is surreal to sit there with the news on and watch the worst tragedy ever seen and try to write jokes," he said. Conly settled on having his main character, in a U.S.A. T-shirt and a New York Fire Department hat, give blood this week. Followers of the "Boondocks" Mr. Pepper's U-PICK .Piimnkins r Also: Corn Stalks Indian Corn Mums, Gourds Visit Our ' JUNGLE MAZE 3 Wm iwt o LsurH v At W Snloa "3 "4 Luo I m i I TV. 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Hikers, boaters and hunters who pursue their hobbies near military installations or federal buildings are being watched, checked and sometimes kept from their usual routines. Eleven sophomores and two teachers from St. Paul's School for Boys didn't know they were close to a restricted area near the with terrorist attacks the features section. An editor's note said the strip is exploring topics "inappropriate for the comics pages." Syndicate editors were faced with the task ' last month of replacing strips drawn before Sept. 11 that had taken on a whole new meaning. Jokes about airplanes were out. Jokes about mortality were OUt. "Death is just not as funny as it used to be," said Scott Adams, - T .? 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