Although I generally don't apologize for our comics, once in a great while we'll spot something that we wish we could do over (or, in this case, not do at all). Such was the case with Wednesday's WuMo. While on the surface an innocuous joke about how people with fair skin might be camofluaged in the snow, several people have pointed out that this visual gag essentially picks on people for their skin color — "no different than calling someone a derogatory racial term," as one caller told me.
As the editor of this feature, I should have been more sensitive to the fact that albinism is a condition that affects 1 in every 17,000 people worldwide. I'm sure most of them don't appreciate anyone cracking wise at their expense, and I apologize for not better taking their feelings into account. Good humor tends to walk a fine line between tasteful and insensitive, and we don't always get it right.
To those of you who reached out, thanks for sharing your perspective and know that we'll be doing our best to make sure our features don't unfairly single people out for how they look.
your friendly comics editor, Lucas Wetzel