I try to keep news and events out of the strip so that it will not become “dated”. But it’s hard not to. Especially with how immediate information is given and received. I often wonder how cartoonists like Berkley Breathed of Bloom County or Walt Kelly of Pogo would have used this information availabilty. Those guys were brilliant and they had to work weeks if not months ahead. The genius of web comics is that it can happen that day or hour.