For the record, this entire week was done at deadline, by the seat of my pants, with no advance planning. I did not co-ordinate Rat’s appearance with what Pastis and Watterson were doing, and came up with “Brontesaurus” about an hour before I produced the strip. This entire week was plagued with writers’ block.
While I was in New York last week, I auditioned for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” When I was interviewed by a PA, she asked “what happens when you have writers’ block?” I said “I can’t. I have to have a strip ready to go.” Sometimes it flops spectacularly. Other times, you get this week.