Attention comics fans: You told us last year how you rate the comic strips we already have. Now we'd like you to help us rank several that we're thinking about adding to the lineup.

Readers often ask how we decide which comics to publish. There's no secret, backroom process. A diverse group of Post employees and their family members who love the comics volunteer to review new strips and rate them, based on content and illustrations. That committee seems to enjoy it so much that we decided to let our readers get in on the fun this time around.

Several brand-new strips have been launched in recent weeks, and there are a few not-so-new ones that we've been watching as well. Colleague Bob Levey was kind enough to donate his column space while he's on vacation this week and the week of March 24-28 so that we can show readers a different comic each day. To make room for a full week's worth of the test strip (not including Sunday), we have temporarily removed "Classic Peanuts," "Garfield" and "Frank and Ernest." Those strips will return to our pages Friday.

Today's offering is "Housebroken," a strip by Steve Watkins that made its newspaper debut in December. It features DJ Dog, a former rap star who happens to be a pit bull. When down-on-his-luck DJ moves in with a nice middle-class family, cultures collide in a big way.

To vote on "Housebroken," call the automated Post-Haste system at 202-334-9000 and enter 5600 as the four-digit code. Follow directions to cast your vote for today's comic. Or you may vote online by sending an e-mail to housebroken@washpost.com with the word "YES" or "NO" in the subject line. Please don't add any other comments in the subject line because those e-mails will not be tallied. And while we appreciate your enthusiasm, please limit voting to one ballot per person.

In case you missed it, yesterday's test strip was "Bo Nanas." We'll report preliminary results for all of this week's test strips in this space on Friday. Thanks for participating.