(1) Funny, like many things is relative. You might not be laughing at a joke, but the INTENT was to write a funny more than it was to write a pointed message.
I will take on current affairs and maybe even throw in the odd bit of social commentary, but the rule I have is that it must be funny first. If it's not funny, the the strip or comic or piece of writing will probably be put aside.(1)
I have broken that once on Cemetery Street with this strip.
It was something I felt important, hit a personal nerve for me and I clearly labeled it as being one readers could skip if they wanted.
But this idea as a whole is one that I wrestle with.
(2) Actually I think there is a NEED.
I enjoy satire and parody. I think there is a place(2) for them. But hitting that balance is key. I know I've hit some subjects in the past and lost readers because even within the "fantastic" confines of the comic or premise, it was deemed too "real" and the readers seemed to prefer to keep their real life and their fantasy reading clearly apart.
I'm gonna keep this one short and throw it open to you guys. What do you think?
Should I stick with the funny and leave the real world somewhere else?
Should I go beyond just nonsense and use the forum I have, such as it is, to address things that I feel warrant it?
Does having something that brings in regular readers, a platform of sorts, demand that I do use it in a responsible manner?
(3) Opening it up, I know there's a chance we'll have some conflicting opinions. Please lets all stay respectful and polite. I'll try if you will.
Should I just shut-up and make with the funny?
Lemme know your thoughts.(3)