Ric and I really did have a conversation about how mean I was to him in the comic, but he was in favor of it, while I felt bad. I really did offer him one panel in which I’d write or draw whatever he wanted within the bounds of good taste, and he really wanted the panel to feature him delivering that speech while wearing “magnificent robes.”
The drawing of him in the robe made me so happy that I later invented Rocket Hat and the Emperor of the Moon just to have an excuse to use it again.
Note from Missy: I like the use of a “next week” callout as a final punchline! Though I don’t think it got used many other times, if any.
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