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Puck originally started as a university newspaper comic way back in the prehistoric days of 1998. It was reborn in 2011, and is now running weekly, in color. You can see the original run of eighty strips AND the new colour strips all here!
This strip is #16 in a series dating from my university days. Puck ran for three full years in the Silhouette, McMaster University’s student newspaper.
Ah yes, the washroom stall joke. This strip introduced yet another running theme in Puck: the potty humour. Despite the somewhat boyish joke here, a number of girls expressed that this was one of their all-time favourite strips in the series. That said, it took some other people aback. I was at a party shortly after this one ran in the paper, and a girl there kept saying, “I just can’t believe she was on the toilet!” Yes, Puck was on the toilet.
I think the shock factor here has to do with gender. Bathroom jokes are all too common in the male world, but when you show a picture of a girl sitting on the can, in our culture, there’s an immediate sense of the verboten about it. I worried about crossing the line of decency, but I thought it was funny, so I went for it.
I’m actually quite proud of this strip art-wise. It’s not necessarily easy to draw someone sitting on a toilet, and I’m happy with the pictures in all four boxes – a rarity!