Below are my rejection letter(s). A collection of those who don’t think that Oh My Gods! would fit amongst their readership. I would love for you all to please read these over. If you agree, fine, no hard feelings and everyone is happy. If you don’t, please, don’t hesitate to respond to the contact listed at the bottom of the letter with your thoughts and opinions.
I talked to Jennifer, the editor [this semester], and she’s not interested in running your comic strip in the newspaper [Daily Egyptian*]. She’s not keen on bringing down the wrath of organized religion because of your strip.
Personally, some of your strips are hilarious, particularly those that focus more on the life of pagans. She’s more concerned about those that deal specifically with Christianity. Newspapers still tend to be a bit conservative when dealing with religion.
At some point I hope our website is more comprehensive and we have a link to our comics online, plus some that are strictly part of the online version. If this ever happens, your strip might be more accessible as a web only strip. Online comics can get away with more. Just a thought.
To respond to this letter please contact:
Lance Speere – Daily Egyptian Faculty Advisor
e-mail : email@example.com
phone : (618) 536-3311
*The Daily Egyptian is my campus’ newspaper. Student owned and run. My campus is Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
Open Response by James Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: James Kelley [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2002 11:12 PM
Subject: Rejection of “Oh My Gods”
To Whom It May Concern:
I am an avid viewer of “Oh My Gods” and while I do understand your reasoning for not wishing to run the strip in your paper I do wish to express how I feel that you are making a mistake. The success of the strip online has not just be a fluke. I believe that you would not only receive credit for being an “Open” newspaper but, also, it would be showing that the school does not discriminate against anyone regardless of race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Again, while I do see your concern and your fear that this would cause a “ruckus” I feel that you are missing out on this opportunity and should reconsider.
Open Response by Sarah
Personally, I think that your strip is amazing. To think that at your age you have mastered the art of writing comic strips and are able to make so many, many people laugh is astounding. Even though I am not a pagan, and a Christian, I find your strips very funny and not in any way offensive. As to the letter of rejection, I am most disturbed to the refrence that you wish to “[bring] down the wrath of organized religion.” In no way have I ever heard you or your comic strip refer to accomplishing, or trying to accomplish this. Paganism is a very misunderstood religion and it is a shame that in a country that prides itself in the freedoms that it allows its people to have, a state university has the audacity to shun a students amazing work based on racial discrimination. Correct me if I am wrong that a school paper is supposed to be celebrating its students work and talents. In this case I believe that the school’s “fears” are unwarranted. If people do not enjoy your comic, and are offended by it, they can choose not to read that section of the paper. Isn’t that why there is an opinion section? It wouldn’t be the first time that a writer has offended someone, and it won’t be the last. I think it is unjust that paper has rejected this wonderful strip based on racial biased, but what else could they reject it on, it is flawless.
Keep your head high. One day you’ll get the credit you most certainly deserve.