This follows the beats of Calvin and Hobbes’s “wagon ride strips” well enough that I thought parts of it might’ve been direct quotes from Bill Watterson’s classic. My research didn’t turn up any matches, but maybe I missed one.

C&H is one piece of popular culture I expect will be half-forgotten in about ten more years, partly due to the shrinking of comic strips’ cultural influence in general (their role seems increasingly filled by memes) and partly due to Watterson’s heroic-seeming refusal to be adapted (it’s a bit more complicated than that, to me). Still, the strip has a lot of intellectual descendants, so its influence will probably continue a bit more indirectly.

Tsao’s main comics jam now is Half-Man with writer Anna Leue. He also has a game project, Never to Return.