Editors of local gay newspapers -- especially bar guides -- liked it when I gave them comic strips to celebrate holidays. Helps get the magazine in the holiday spirit. The bars, advertising customers of the bar guides, liked it too, because they often held theme parties.
Hallowe'en was a special favorite gay holiday-- because it's so focused on parties and fancy dress. And because most Americans don't regard it as a religious holiday. I found an angle -r- by casting Jerry Falwell as a demon.
The downside for the cartoonist was the deadline. Date: October. Some of these bar guides were monthly, so the press deadline would be around September 1. That requires me to draw it in August!! I found these deadlines hard to remember -- who's got Hallowe'en spirit in August?
The other holidays that sometimes inspired comic strip ideas were Christmas/New Year's (of course) and Pride (late June, commemorating the Stonewall Riot.
I don't have to explain who Jerry Falwell was, do I?