In the early 90s, diversity was coming to the comics pages. Both Doonesbury and For Better or For Worse had gay characters and we didn’t want to be left behind. Our goal was to have characters that were a slice of real life, reflective of people who were our friends and family. There was a backlash (mostly in the States) about gay characters on the comics page, which was another reason we wanted to put our support out there. Our offering didn’t warrant even one letter to the editor in London, Canada, so I’ll take that as a sign we handled the subject well. I also think Tim nailed the reactions perfectly in the last panel.