Today's AbqJournal comics page (Thursday, June 26th, 2008) has the oddest editorial comment e-v-e-r. In black border under the comic, 9 Chickweed Lane, it sez: Above comic subbed for content. Strip available at abqjournal.com/comics tomorrow.

Wha??? The comics are being expurgated?

Here's the not-fit-for-print comic:

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Comment by ze barefoot pirate on June 26, 2008 at 10:48pm
I read it online, and when I saw today's strip, I thought -- whoa! Those artists in NY must be looser and freer, cuz that's some pretty blatant positioning there. (Of course, it helps to know the backstory. )

It begs the question 'what would you do with a woman on your lap with her legs draped over your shoulders?' although I think it was meant to show Janice's enthusiasm for Mark.
Comment by nmmtnmama on June 26, 2008 at 11:49pm
Yes, it does help to know the backstory, but in regards to the positioning I've seen more licentious behavior just by walking past the duck pond on a spring day. Characters in that strip regularly wrap themselves around each other, so why was this panel found to be so objectionable that it wasn't printed? It's not as though they actually aim the comics at kids these days.
Comment by Kelly on June 27, 2008 at 8:35am
Hey! They did it again today (6/27). Read the current (and past) strip here.
Comment by M&M on June 27, 2008 at 10:27am
I was going to blog about this so glad someone beat me to the punch. If this is what the Journal's morals police are going to consider offensive, they must have hired some of the Taliban to edit their comics page. How is this any worse than what appears on TV or movie screens nowadays? I'm not sure I agree that the gay angle is to blame, because it is perfectly obvious from past strips that Marc and Seth are gay, but you'd think the editors would have some familiarity with the strip. The Journal tried to get rid of Chickweed Lane last year, and failed after an outcry, so I think they are building it up for removal again through their silly "Comics Shootout" which recently pitted Get Fuzzy against Hi and Lois.
Comment by nmmtnmama on June 27, 2008 at 10:39am
It's not as though Mark and Seth have been closeted. C'est la vie! What is it about the current storyline that makes the paper more nervous than usual? Or do they want to create controversy and curiosity to drive people to their website? Am I being protected against my will and/or manipulated? Censorship offends me more than anything they could print!
Comment by mombat on June 27, 2008 at 11:05am
As a parent of 3 kids, I am not at all offended by this comic. I find it funny and I think it deals with the sexuality of the characters in a good way. However, I also grew up with Kliban, Bloom County and the New Yorker.
Comment by Phil_0 on June 27, 2008 at 11:37am
I occasionally read the Journal on the bus, and the gay identities of those two characters are frequently discussed. It's gotta be the legs-over-the-shoulders the Journal objected to. Maybe they figured they'd offend the sizable majority of their readers who can no longer bend that much?
Comment by Chris K. on June 27, 2008 at 12:40pm
Maybe they think the readers will be upset that she took advantage of Mark's vulnerable state.
Comment by Tricross on June 27, 2008 at 1:01pm
I thinks it's amazing that people actually read the Journal's comics! I can't make it past the front page without getting depressed.
Comment by JMG on June 27, 2008 at 2:03pm
I'm not offended by the comic. And if they're censoring it because one of the characters is gay, that is ridiculous. That being said, after many years of watching this strip, I think the guy who does 9 Chickweek Lane is kind of a pervert.

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