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Ask SAM: What has happened to Dilbert?
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Ask SAM: What has happened to Dilbert?

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Q: Why does the drawing of the Dilbert comic characters look so weird this week?

K.J.

Answer: Simply put, that’s because someone else has been drawing the strip this week.

“I haven’t taken a day off from work for about three years, and my drawing hand needed some rest and rehab,” cartoonist Scott Adams explained earlier this week on his blog. “So I asked my coworkers at Universal Uclick (the syndicate that distributes the strip) to fill in for me while I try to figure out how vacations work.”

Some cartoonists ask other cartoonists to fill in, and others run repeats. Adams had considered having fans step in as guest artists, but wrote that that idea “turned out to be problematic for a variety of boring reasons,” so he chose to recruit coworkers instead.

“My instructions to the guest artists were that I would do the writing and they were free to draw Dilbert in their own style, or to copy mine as best they could,” he wrote.

First up, this week, was John Glynn, the president of Universal Uclick. A different guest artist will fill in each week, with the last week in the series being drawn by an intern. “So... expect every week to be better than the one before,” Adams wrote. This week is the first of six weeks Adams will not draw the cartoon.

Q: You are such a good source for noting free shredding events in the community. I haven’t seen anything lately in your column. Would you please advise regarding upcoming opportunities in Winston-Salem?

V.M.

Answer: Here are the ones we know about so far:

March 12

Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, 3543 Robinhood Road, from 9 a.m. to noon March 12. There is no charge, but they will be accepting monetary donations to benefit food programs serving children in Forsyth County, and other missions of the United Methodist Women.

April 2

Kernersville Moravian Church, 504 S. Main St. in Kernersville, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 for each bag or box.

April 9

Kernersville Chamber Recycle Day, 158 Mountain St. in Kernersville, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 16

Calvary Moravian Chuch, 600 Holly Ave., 9 a.m. to noon. $5 for each bag or box.

New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Road, from 9 a.m. to noon April 16. The cost is $5 a box, with proceeds benefiting outreach ministries.

Bermuda Run Garden Club, 120 Kinderton Blvd., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for each bag or box, with proceeds benefiting programs in Davie County.

April 30

Clemmons VFW Post 9010, 4615 Hampton Road, will hold a shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon. A $5 donation for each bag or box is requested, with donations supporting local veteran’s activities.

May 7

Girl Scout Troop 40232 Community Shredding Event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the side parking lot of Lewisville Elementary School, entering off of Lewisville-Clemmons Road. Suggested donation is $5 for each box or bag, with proceeds going to fund community service projects as the scouts earn their Silver Awards. The scouts will also be distributing information on how to prevent identity theft.

We will continue to update this list in the coming weeks; shredding events tend to be popular in the spring, thanks to a mix of spring cleaning in general and people wanting to clean up following Tax Day, which is April 18 this year. Other groups that are planning to hold shredding events can let us know at asksam@wsjournal.com.

Email: AskSAM@wsjournal.com

Online:

journalnow.com/asksam

Write: Ask SAM, P.O. Box 3159, Winston-Salem, NC 27102

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