Dan Clowes: NY Times Censorship Is Good


Daniel Clowes draws “Mister Wonderful,” the 30-part New York Times Magazine comic strip that’s ending its run in a few weeks.

So what is it like to be the New York Times‘s only cartoonist? Clowes tells The Onion‘s A.V. Club:

The New York Times has been doing the weekly comic strip for two years. I was the second person they asked, after Chris Ware. I was going to do it about a year ago, until I had to get open-heart surgery. The next opening was in September. I’d always wanted to do a weekly strip, or a strip that was in installments like that. It’s been fun trying to figure out how to make that work. Their standards are so prissy that they won’t allow me to use all kinds of language. Not only can you not swear, this morning I was informed I couldn’t use the word “schmuck.” I couldn’t use “crap,” “schmuck,” or “get laid.” Those three were beyond the pale. But you get around that, and it comes out better. I can’t quite explain why. […] People have complained to me, like “Man, that’s expensive. Five bucks for one page.” Well, you do get a thousand pages of interesting stuff in addition.