I went in a few different directions trying to come up with a story for this art, though for whatever reason they were all about buying large condoms.  Ultimately, however, the biggest thing that made this strip several days late was the fact that I couldn’t get the last line right.  It was initially a far more simple “Don’t buy the November issue, I look fat in that one,” but I was worried people wouldn’t realize the woman was being sarcastic, and that it would come off as a “the lady doth protest too much” sort of  thing.  So I showed the early draft to a handful of friends and confirmed that yes, this was how they took my final line – and interestingly enough, given this, only the male members of this elite focus group found the strip amusing – the representatives of the fairer sex were put off by the perceived about-face.  So I changed the final line to this far-more-out-there parting shot, brought the strip to my wife, and:

*suspenseful music*

MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP: Okay, that’s actually pretty good.

Anyway, I hope those of you who aren’t my wife enjoy this as well.  I’m just glad it’s done so I can move on…I really try not to over-obsess over these, because they’re three panels of talking clip art, for crying out loud, but it happens sometimes.