Monday, July 23, 2007

How NOT to Write to a Cartoonist

The following message was forwarded by my syndicate just moments ago. Apparently the author sent me a previous email. Apparently the author is just one step away from knocking on my door and demanding why I don't serve her tea and answers.

It took me a long time to find an address to send this email to, therefore I would appreciate a response. Have been patient since May!

This comic strip (2006) appeared in our local paper, and I found it interesting that the cartoonist made reference to a surname that is not a popular one here in the US. It so happens that this is a family name - SCHWALLER. I am curious how and why this name was picked in this strip of all the names in the universe that are available! Does the cartoonist know someone by that name and from where?

The strip shows husband and wife sitting at the table, drinking coffee, looking worse for wear. The daughter goes by with a greeting of "Morning!", and he says "Why does she keep doing that?!" She says "First resolution - never attend the SCHWALLER'S New Year's Eve Party again.

I tried getting in touch with the cartoonist by calling
(NOTE: This is where the author lists my actual home phone number, which I am none too pleased that she sought out or in fact called) and left a message which was never returned. This is my second attempt. Hopefully I will get a response from someone.

Thank you.

12 comments:

jfruh said...

Yeah, well, you don't answer the all-important questoin: why, out of all the names in the universe, did you pick "Schwaller"? And, more to the point, why did you choose to engage in anti-Schwaller hate speech by portraying the Schwallers as a clan of drunks and enablers? Clearly it's you who have crossed the line by researching your correspondent's family history and stealing her thoughts with your dastardly mind-control rays. A few late-night phone calls demanding answers are JUST WHAT YOU DESERVE!

Josh

Jodi said...

well how DARE you!

SCHWALLER!

Tukla in Iowa said...

/me doesn't make the crude "Schpit or Schwaller" joke.

Andy 3000 said...

Just as baffling is the completely blank Schwaller blog:

http://www.schwaller.org/

Dan said...

Clearly you need a more obscure name for your bit characters. May I suggest the relatively rare "Gezelter"?

vclortho said...

Feltenbush? I say Feltenbush.

vclortho said...
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vclortho said...

By the way, you should post your home phone number on your blog so that none of us call it by accident.

Stevis said...

Schwaller? You don't even know her!

Daniel said...

It's when they show up on your doorstep at 4 AM dressed as Teenage Girl President that you really need to start worrying. Or shooting. One or the other.

D.B. Echo said...

Wow, this person is really nuts. Just one phone call and one letter, and she expects a response? Doesn't she realize the protocol requires at least twelve calls and four letters each day? And the letters are more effective when written in blood or other bodily fluids. Including photos of the writer and his family going about their daily lives at home, at work, at school, and while out in public are good attention-getters, too.

Peter said...

Wow. I need to read this blog more often.