Pirate Mike Clears The Air!

As you can see from the way the boy looks here (still no name), this is one of the earlier strips. The boy has a neck, colored hair and, really, is wayyyyy too thin. This initially started out with the punch line being the “I learned it from you, dad!” line from one of our favorite ’80s anti-drug ads. But then I realized, geez, how many people are going to even remember that? So then I thought a nice reversal at the end would be Mike saying that the kid clearly hadn’t learned well enough. Not the clean finish I’d like, but there it is.