‘Are You There, Dog?’ comic offends by suggesting suicide

Mark Meserve

I am writing to you about the comic “Are You There, Dog?” published in The Daily Texan on Sept. 8. I am disappointed that the artist has decided to use offensive humor for a cheap joke. So far as I can tell, the punchline appears to be that a divine dog has told a girl seeking its advice to kill herself. A big sarcastic thank you for cheapening suicide in your paper. Telling people to commit suicide is never acceptable, but that is the punchline of this comic. I hope that Hannah can continue to write strips for the Texan without resorting to this kind of humor.