I don’t really swear in my cartoons.
I’ve very very occasionally used mild language, but in my experience if you have to use profanity to sell a joke, the joke wasn’t that good to begin with.
I have to admit, I struggled with this cartoon a bit. “Damn” isn’t really swearing by most accounts, but you’d be surprised by some of the complaints I get.
I did consider “darn,” “rats,” and “crap” for this, but there’s just something about “damn” that punctuates this nicely. So it stuck. Complaints be damned.
Yes. But it can help save them a little bit until the panel sees what’s really happening.