Original Release Date: December 29, 2002
This is it, folks. This is definitely it.
I'm positive I used a pencil to draw this page. I know because it has a car in it, and there is absolutely nothing in the world I hate drawing more than cars, so I'm certain I took extra care and used a pencil to make sure I got it right.
I like the cut to Evil Bad Guy Ninja driving the car in the fifth panel. It's so natural. If I didn't know any better, I would say he steals cars every day. Which he probably does!
I'm proud of the punchline in this one. Evil Bad Guy Ninja finally establishes that Stu might be good at his job, whereas previously he seemed incompetent. But, from the goings-on of panel six, the reader can imply that Stu may otherwise have met Evil Bad Guy Ninja's expectations, and that it's actually Mike who is in the way and slowing Stu down.
Also, the lighting effects are still going strong here. It was one of the only things I actually knew how to do in Photoshop, so I relied on it heavily for several pages until I got more comfortable with the software.