Original Release Date: May 12, 2009
I'm fairly certain that Mike's line about Stu scaring all of the people off of the bus was inserted late in the production of this page so that I--yes, you guessed it--wouldn't have to draw a bunch of people on the bus. Again, laziness, rushing the production, and lack of confidence in drawing bystanders strikes back! And once again, I regret it. It does make sense if Stu has already been in three fights on this journey, but the bus, and the world, would have felt much more alive if I had manned up and drawn more people.
I am proud of the exchange between Mike and Stu on this page, especially Mike's "everything's a sordid tale with you" line. I dunno. It's in the vain of a really natural, conversational insult that I have used before, and I feel like an irritated Mike would use it, too.
For the last panel, I tried to think of the most in-context 80s situation possible, and four ninjas in a 4x4 listening to Duran Duran is what popped in there. The truck is based on Marty McFly's truck from Back to the Future.