If the Northern Virginia Daily is looking for ways to save money, I suggest this positive change: drop "Close to Home" by John McPherson from the comics page. It's one less syndication fee you'll have to pay, and you'll spare your readers the daily eye sore of horrible cartooning.
This grotesquely drawn comic is neither funny nor insightful. McPherson claims to be an engineer, though I find this hard to believe, as he draws toilets bolted to the floor with 10 anchors, interior trim on exterior views, and machinery with unrealistic abstractness. His perspective drawing is that of a 4 year old, and while most comic strip artists evolve their style, McPherson's seems to deteriorate.
I once thought perhaps he was drawing with his feet, but research shows he is a fairly intact person without handicaps...except he is humor-challenged. It is a wonder this offensive strip has endured as long as it has.
I buy the Daily from the news stand primarily to enjoy the Cryptoquip, which is unfortunately placed directly below McPherson's obscene scrawling. I have no choice but to have his work in plain view as I work that puzzle.
When we think of divine retribution, we can only hope McPherson spends a small part of Eternity looking like the people he draws. Perhaps he would finally come out of denial, and realise he's no artist at all, nor is his humor worthy of syndication.
I doubt many of your readers would miss this eye sore. It also frees up valuable space for advertising: I'd rather see an ad there than be subjected to "Close To Home."
Roy A. Stokes, Maurertown