Ted has little humility, I think. It’s not that he doesn’t see Vachel’s sarcasm, he’s just not very interested in it, and will take an idea if it has merit. I like Ted.
This will also be the first of several messages in a bottle, which is such an endearing kid notion.
One of the most striking things I notice in the first strips is how the cast members have visually changed. Dee’s body filled out to match her head, and Ted became bigger, less furry, and his nose grew (but not his snout). Strange to watch comics evolve like that, even when you’re on this side of the pen.