There’s Andrew in the last panel! I drew him and myself into a few different strips in the last year.
Caliban appears to work at a Starbucks, except that it’s got a big counter. Don’t ask me.
And there’s me!
I don’t know why I didn’t just put “Cal” on Caliban’s name tag. It never occurred to me that he could have a nickname until Jeff Wells wrote a chapter of his story Tales of the Starbuck Avenger with Caliban in it, and people called him that.
Eric Burns of Websnark visited San Francisco about a year before this strip ran, and we hung out together. I made a point of writing down his coffee order so I could do this strip. All the planning was totally worth it.
SPOILERS: The ironic thing is, that’s pretty much what happens.
“Pair of drawers” is old-timey diner lingo for two cups of coffee. This may be Mell’s most obscure bit of slang, unless that honor goes to the slang she borrowed from For Better Or For Worse.
Dave is genuinely touched here. This is the nicest thing Mell’s ever said to him, or possibly anyone.
Damn, I love this strip. Seth always makes me so happy. The best part is him answering a how’s-it-going with, “As prophesied.”
I wonder if Seth is still in college at this point. Does he have a job? What does he do when he’s not smiting demons or playing tabletop RPGs?