Today’s Strip About Trains


It is a cartoonist’s worst fear that a strip he or she drew and passed in five weeks ago will no longer be funny in light of a terrible event.  That was my experience today.  I was so saddened to learn about the recent fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, and got a pit in my stomach when I opened today’s paper to find my strip about trains on the comics page.

My sincerest apologies.


6 thoughts on “Today’s Strip About Trains

  1. I wouldn’t get too worked up over it. Nobody can predict the future. Besides my first thought of your strip was storytelling which in truth, is really what it is all about. There are the nitpickers because that is all their life is about which is really sad.

  2. I agree with Erick: Your humor shines through in this morning’s strip, which is another good one. There will, unfortunately, always be the naysayers and nitpickers who will not accept that this was simply unfortunate timing.
    Keep up the great work, Hilary.

  3. I echo Eric: I read it as a great alternative ending to the children’s book, which I had just ordered for my grandson. The Amtrak tragedy didn’t cross my mind until I read your comment. I don’t see how anyone could accuse you of disrespect – but there are Negative Nellies in our midst. Ignore them.

  4. I hope the angry commenters are kinder than normal with the inevitable backlash.

    I got a good chuckle out of the strip!

  5. No real connection between the two, other than the fact that they were about trains. If you had done a strip about a car with a flat tire and there had been a terrible car accident, you wouldn’t have thought twice about it. The Little Train That Could is (A) a freight train, not a passenger train, and (B) is a storybook train, not a real train, and I pictured it slipping backwards in very slow motion, not … well, you get the idea.

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