Today’s strip is a bit of a continuity shout-out to Mark Henderson, the kid who was almost a recurring cast member. He showed up here right at the beginning, then was adopted out of the orphanage here, then hasn’t been mentioned until now. Originally he was meant to be part of the supporting cast of kids, but he didn’t get much personality established before leaving the orphanage, and he eventually kinda faded from my story plans.
As Calvin and Hobbes fans may appreciate, Mark is my Uncle Max.
Rest assured, Mark was VERY sternly punished.