Dear Rhymes With Orange Readers,
Yesterday afternoon I heard on the news about the tragic hot air balloon accident in Texas. I was saddened by the deaths of the people, and also alarmed that five weeks ago I had sent in a hot air balloon strip that was slated run today. I contacted my editors the second I heard the news to alert them. By that time, however, the newspaper comics section was already printed-- there was no way to replace the strip. Also, the posting on the website is automated, so on a Saturday evening I couldn't pull that either.
I am deeply sorry for the families of the those who lost loved ones, and also apologize to anyone who was upset by the timing of the strip.