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An interesting thing happened on the way to the webcomic today: I dropped the F bomb in the comic strip for the first time in 18 years.

I use the F word all the time in real life. I use it on stage during our live D&D games at PAX. I use it at during my panels. Everyone knows I say "bad words." I never put them in the comic though. It's a weird line I walk because we talk about all kinds of things in PvP: scatalogical humor, sexual humor, etc. But we always skirt the bad words, and we certainly never drop any F bombs.

But today I wrote a comic and the F word just fit in there perfectly. It made me laugh and it seemed appropriate for the joke and I thought...meh. I'll do it.

And you know what? A lot of you didn't like it. Which was really cool and fascinating. I think a lot about art and how after you make something and offer it to the world it's not yours anymore. Jerry Holkins always reminds me we don't get to choose what people want from us creatively. And I think that's true to a large degree.

Not that you have a problem with the F word, or have a problem using it yourself. You don't even care that I use it. You just don't want to see it in PvP. Dad always says there's a time and place for everything. I guess I forgot that for a second. So no trouble. It's the web and I can change the comic. And in thinking about an alternate line of dialog, it dawned on me it was funnier without any. Just an exasperated sigh in the wake of the damage.

So rainbows-after-the-flood, okay? I'll keep the F word out of PvP.