It was with overwhelming excitement on my part that I chose to include the first installment of Thistle & Fig – a cartoon series created by Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito and illustrated by Gideon Kendall, in the spring 2015 issue of PITH + VIGOR.
But this decision has not gone unquestioned and I wanted to address the feedback. There has been an expressed concern about the depiction of Hitler and the illustration of a human death that is part of this history of nitrogen garden fertilizers.
Obviously it was not and is not our intent to offend or upset anyone and I am sorry that has happened, but we are also are very proud of putting out a publication that does not shy away from telling truthful, important, and relevant stories from around the garden world in new and creative ways. As the editor of this publication I stand firmly behind the creative and artistic expression of Alice, Carmen and Gideon as well as the choice to tell this story in this format. I appreciate the feedback and will continue to consider it and respond to it as long as it remains heartfelt and constructive.
Thistle & Fig will return again in our Autumn 2015 issue and just like last time, I am very excited to share it with you.
The full cartoon about the origin of fertilizer can be read in the spring 2015 issue.