12 thoughts on “November 11, 2012

  1. Just wanted to say “thank you” for today’s strip. As a mom who used to read “The Giving Tree” to my then-toddler son (now 51), and often re-read it myself, I laughed and cried, laughed and cried reading your strip. It’s so true to life. Jeremy will not know this until he has kids of his own. Thanks.

  2. Brilliant!! So clever! This is possibly one of Shel Silverstein’s most popular and beloved books, and what a nice way to weave it in to Jeremy’s relationship with his mom.

  3. I want to add my thanks for today’s strip, too! I immediately sent the link to my two sons, who are now in graduate school. One has a newborn daughter, so I’m sure he will be reading “The Giving Tree” to her, if he hasn’t already. My favorite Zits strip, though, is the one from Jan. 31, 2010, in which Jeremy’s mom reminisces about how much fun they had when he was small. My sons kept that on their refrigerator for a few years, and it is still on mine! Keep up the great work!

    • Because imagine this, “Thank you to Shel Silverstein for giving me this idea.” Seriously? Oh, and cause we have something called a brain that can recognize things like that.

  4. I love Zits and show it to my drawing students every semester. But I was at a loss about this strip…which is what brought me here. So, now I have to look up the Giving Tree. I guess our kids were deprived (though the got plenty of Tolkien and CS Lewis.

  5. Thank you all. We don’t have children so that may explain why we never heard of The Giving Tree and were totally baffled by the strip. Looking forward to reading a (to us) unknown classic.

  6. Wow. It would have been nice if you would have at the VERY LEAST credited Shel Silverstein for his beloved story, ‘The Giving Tree’. There are two of you and you had to plagiarize Silverstein’s work for your cartoon strip?. And in case you don’t understand…

    Plagiarize defined: “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the source”.

    • This wasn’t plagiarism. This strip was an homage to the original book. If Shel Silverstein’s work hadn’t been held in such great renown it would not have been honored by these artists.

    • I’m wondering where they would have credited Shel Silverstein in the comic strip while tying it into the strip altogether. It would be very hard to add in the proper credit (name of author, name of book and copyright) without taking away from the message.

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