'Close to Home' comic offensive, should be removed


John McMahon

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The “Comics” section of your May 3 edition contained a very inappropriate comic for young children. It was also a shock for this adult to see it in a so-called “family-friendly” comics section of the newspaper.

The “Close to Home” comic showed a man with his head down on a table oozing blood after being shot, apparently after a dispute at a card game. It was terrible and inappropriate for this to appear in The Daily Advance’s comics section. This comic, “Close to Home,” should be removed for passing the line of decency in this section of your newspaper. The May 3 comic is totally out of line with what is supposed to be a light-hearted, funny and family-friendly section of your newspaper. 

Would you show a person that was murdered, with their head on a table oozing blood, anywhere else in your paper? Would you put this on the front page? Would you put it on page 2, 3, etc.? I think not. 

Please consider removing this very offensive comic strip. “Close to Home” has not belonged in the “Comics” section for a long time now, and this tasteless, violent scene that young children would certainly find horrifying is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Your appropriate response is to remove this piece of trash from the “Comics” section of The Daily Advance now! Thank you. 

John McMahon

Elizabeth City 

Editor's note: John McPherson's popular daily comics panel “Close to Home” reflects on the off-beat and humorous moments of the human experience. His work appears in about 700 newspapers. Among the thousands of panels he's drawn, a few may strike a disturbing nerve in some readers. The one referenced above apparently had such an effect. However, as thousands of other readers look forward to the panel, it would be a mistake to eliminate “Close to Home” based on a negative reaction to one day's effort. We will, however, monitor McPherson’s content more closely. We hope Mr. McMahon, and others who may have been offended by the referenced panel, will give “Close to Home” a second chance — and maybe a third.