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.

The little piece of backstory Keisha is starting here was something I wanted to drop in at the time she grabbed the shirt to explain her indignation, but there wasn't space to relate it properly and still convey the more important events. I think it works better at this scene, anyway. Rest assured, Mark was VERY sternly punished.