September 10 marks the twelth anniversary of the Walkyverse, from Roomies! through It's Walky!, and now Joyce and Walky! and Shortpacked!. Twelve isn't really any sort of award-winning or eye-catching number, but I wanted to do something "big" anyway.
Well, "big" is kind of much. I just didn't want today's strip to suck.
But in the service of doing something interesting tonight, I broke two cardinal rules of Shortpacked!. Can you spot both of them? One's pretty obvious! You know, the "guest stars." I promised myself when I began that I wouldn't use them in this strip. My strip's got to grow its own legs first! Stretch out the new characters and grow this new corner of my little universe, yadda yadda yadda.
But it's been nearly five years since Shortpacked! started. Today was time to have some fun, hopefully in the service of humor.
The second rule I broke... well, that was something people on the forums and elsewhere had managed to figure out through various clues anyway. It's no huge secret if you bother to put in the guesswork. So why not make it canonical? And most likely, nobody but myself will even care.
Anyway, thanks for the dozen years, folks. I promise you a few dozen more!