After I sent this strip to the syndicate, I felt badly for having used Cathy Guisewite’s exclamation. I think this is the only time I ever used the word “Gakkk!” Years later, after many crazy thought-up sounds: bork, flubble, snooof, snerkk, and so on, I received a letter from someone saying I had stolen Don Martin’s words. Don did a fabulous spread for Mad Magazine, and his use of funny sound effects was legendary. I wrote back to say that I knew Don’s work, and although my sound effects might be similar, I tried hard not to copy anything of Don’s. I mean, how many ways can you depict a scream? In deference to Cathy, I have always spelled “AAAAAUGH!” that way…so that she could have “AAAAKKKK!” all to herself.