Of course, after realizing I could make jokes about Vachel “wearing black clothing,” the question arose: was it because he’s a goth or is it slimming? Knowing Vachel, it was a hard choice to make. :)
Possibly my favorite thing to do when I was young was to climb trees. In my teen years it was climbing onto rooftops and hiking to ledges to see valley views. Even to this day, my favorite aspect of any apartment I live in is generally how high up. Happy thoughts.
Oh, and I think i really captured in panel #2 what the view feels like when up in a tree, which makes me happy.
It’s fun playing with stereotypes like these, in this case how certain cheeses smell really rank, but then crossing that over with the animal world, where a vulture generally eats decaying flesh and therefore counts it as a positive attribute. It takes what could be a flat worn-out joke and makes it new. :)