Since I began the strip, I knew I wanted to use the “carrion luggage” play-on-words somewhere — and here I found the somewhere.
Also, I loved that as a kid, the airplane of food to the mouth.
I always felt this strip read oddly, like it was out of sync in how Dee talked and then Ted reacted in the following panel… but, at the same time, I think that weird flow works well with the gag. Hm.
I know someone told me a story about a child they knew being too young to really appreciate leaf pressing, but I don’t remember who. But I thought it was a cute (and funny) sentiment and wanted to put it in the strip.
I remember playing this out in my head, it’s a dark gloomy day, raining, and two vultures stand huddled in a cave, hiding the from the evil vulture-plane which is haunting their world. Fun! :)