When I submit my roughs to my editor I rarely get a strip rejected outright. The original version of today's strip, however, was deemed "too dark".
While I agree that having one of your characters cut one of his/her appendages off is a bit gruesome, I did want to retain the "finger-in-a-box" joke. I tried several ways to make it so that Weenus suffered to consequences of being such a sicko but it was still kinda gory until I solicited a cameo appearance form the always wonderful Lio by the prolific and mega talented Mark Tutulli.
Somehow the idea of it being a fake plastic hand is much more palatable.