I think there is a rule written somewhere that comic strips must engage in bathroom humor at least once every couple of months. Ironically, most of the people I know talk about poopin' way
more often than the characters in my comic. I'm not sure if Faye is such a smartypants with all of their customers, or she just randomly decided to pick on Ellen (whom, keep in mind, she hasn't actually met yet and therefore doesn't recognize).
You should check out this Websnark essay
about syndicated versus web comic strips. Eric's a heck of a writer and he's pretty much nailed this argument down pat. Personally, while I wish Kurtz and Keenspot the best of luck, I'm not much interested in answering to a syndicate or an editor. I wouldn't say that newspaper comics are headed the way of the dodo, but all the cool shit seems to be happening online these days.
I am officially addicted to World of Warcraft. Aquinas (my Rogue character) just got dual-wield today and I plan to spend the evening stabbing all sorts of critters. Enjoy the comic and I will see you tomorrow!