I think the best comics (like the best novels, paintings, etc.) are personal, idiosyncratic works that reflect a unique and honest sensibility. To attract and keep an audience, art must entertain, but the significance of any art lies in its ability to express truths - to reveal and help us understand our world.
The best comics expose human nature and help us laugh at our own stupidity and hypocrisy. The best comics, that is to say, are fun house mirrors that distort appearances only to help us recognize, and laugh at, our essential character- istics.
When I come up with an idea that surprises me, I'm happy to offer it to anyone who shares my interests. I'm flattered when people respond to my work, but I don't feel accountable to public demand. Trying to please people encourages calculation, and the strip is valuable to me only insofar as it's honest and sincere.