9 Chickweed Lane (10/30/10)

Wow, this strip is pretty gruesome, even for All Hallows’ Eve Eve. I’m no expert on beheadings, but it seems to me that panel three does a realistic job of depicting the aftermath of one. That’s an awful lot of blood gushing down the wall and the effect is unsettling. In fact, I can’t think of another comic strip that’s been this graphic in its depiction of violence. (I’m not counting underground comics, of course.) I’d be curious to know whether any editors refused to run this strip, especially given the number of editors who’ve refused to run strips with mild sexual or political punchlines.

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