Hypothetical note (hypothetically bumped)

Shamelessly taking advantage of the usual post-election traffic spike: if, hypothetically speaking, you happened to live in a city (cough cough New York City cough cough) in which a well-known weekly paper had recently undergone numerous changes as a result of new ownership, including the apparent (though still unofficial) dropping of my own strip — well, it probably wouldn’t hurt, in such a hypothetical instance, to drop the newcomers a polite note explaining to them how much you enjoy said strip, and how much more likely you are to remember to pick up their fine newspaper each week if said strip is included within its pages.

Hypothetically speaking.

In such a scenario, of course, politeness would be key. More flies with honey than vinegar, and all of that.

And while I’m on the topic, it’s not the worst idea in the world to send a note of thanks to the editor of any paper in which the strip currently appears. Much of what I do is made possible by the semblance of a steady income these papers provide. A little pre-emptive positive reinforcement never hurt anybody.