Notes: Time to fuel up, time for some exposition. Here we have some early mention of the Fromage Festival (misspelled, I’m afraid… left here as is for the time being). Its cultural cachet should not be underestimated, but we’ll have to wait a while longer before that’s really hammered home in a lavish multi-page explosion of cheese and revelry that I may or may not ever be crazy enough to write and draw. It is worth noting that in reality, the Fromage Festival is an homage to George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, one episode of which featured a raging event of just that moniker that is one of the funniest and most mysterious drawings to me from that entire, brilliant comic.
We’ve also got our first in-narrative explanation of why Toast is sporting a potted daisy on top of his head. As time has gone on I’ve felt a bit of creator’s guilt about saddling the man with that particular piece of haberdashery, but there’s some later-to-be-revealed logic to it – at least, Zoonbats-style logic, which is guaranteed to make sense only within the confines of these pages. The incident in question – or at least the final moments leading up to it – with the howler monkeys who lived upstairs from Toast, is briefly pictured many pages hence.
Speaking of Toast, we learn he’s been washing dishes at a restaurant named Plisken’s. Well, as you might have guessed, that’s a nod to Snake Plisken, but it’s also a similar-sounding name to a particular chain of 24-hour restaurants that I, too, was in the employ of, as a dishwasher and later a line cook.
Murray’s vest is emblazoned with the logo of the Hot Road shipping company, his current outfit, pardon the pun.