I'm an old newspaper reporter and editor myself, so when I was mulling over concepts for this Web site, I chose the newsletter. I tried to construct one of those Web sites that looks like a psychedelic grocery ad, but it was making me kind of nauseous. And trying to manipulate those FrontPage templates was driving me insane! I know reading is no longer the national cup of tea, but I'm only talking about a few paragraphs here, not "War and Peace." I think you can handle it. Still, I don't want you to get the idea that it's going to be all yadda yadda yadda here at arloandjanis.com.

   I have lots of things I want to show you, like the first week of "Arlo and Janis" ever.  Pretty far out, huh? The original idea of A&J was that they would be a couple of maturing, counter-culture types--you know, hippies. They were supposed to have forsaken their youthful ways and wholeheartedly joined the Great Bland Rush to the suburbs. They did, I guess, but not wholeheartedly. I couldn't bring myself to do that to them. I like to think they retain some of their counter-culture attitude and that it lends the strip its cheek.

 

    A lot of people ask me about Gene these days, as in, "What's happened to Gene?" Well, I felt I had to let Gene age, so Arlo and Janis also could age and remain believable. (For reasons I can't explain, I'm most convincing when I write about cranky, middle-aged people.) Sadly, as we all know, teenagers tend to go their own way. I miss Gene, too! So I've included a sample of Gene strips from 1991. And here's a smattering from 1993, including the first appearance of Ludwig the cat.

   I've had a lot of fun going through old strips putting together this Web site. Diligent readers may remember much of what's presented here today, but I'm sure there are new readers who haven't seen it. If I may say so myself, here is vintage A&J that bears repeating.

   I take pride in the appeal "Arlo and Janis" has to the intelligent reader, capable of appreciating its literary bent. And I do mean "bent." However, I'll be the first to admit, A&J can get downright strange.

   This hardly is an exhaustive archive. It's just a little something I put together for fun. I hope to do more in the future, perhaps with suggestions from my readers. I hope you'll have reason to return to arloandjanis.com frequently in the future.

 

--Author's note