Today’s comic is inspired by a friend’s story: more than a year after leaving a job, she got a middle-of-the-night call asking for help. She said, you know I don’t work there anymore, right? Yes, was the reply, but I didn’t know who else to call. So my friend helped. Because she is a mensch.

Anyway, on an unrelated note: last week I was driving by my local independent bookstore, and on a whim I stopped in an bought one of Tim Barela’s “Leonard & Larry” books. And as I was reading it I had this thought: I owe Tim Barela a debt of gratitude.

Back when I was a confused teenager, I bought a book of assorted gay comics. It included some great old comics, like “Swishy Fish”, “Jayson“, and “Poppers”, plus a really good long-form story by Alison Bechdel — but I think the one that really stood out for me was the “Leonard & Larry” story. Settling down and getting married was something I’d always planned to do, but at that point I didn’t see how I could do that if I was gay. Barela showed me a way, though his stories. Comics can be powerful that way.

So thanks, Tim.

If you don’t find “Leonard & Larry” books at your local independent bookstore, you can always order them from Barela’s Web site. And they are good so you might want to go do that.