Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the last installment of this "Dead Duck" episode, "AIN'T NO CURE FOR A SUMMERTIME BRUISE!" Here's your trivia fix:

  • I mentioned a few pages back about how the term "dink" was a popular and much used one in my family. I've managed to employ it in almost all my comic work over the years, but I can't think of a better usage of it than on this page. I doubt I'll ever be able to top it.
  • The hula girl on J.P.'s shirt is a tiny homage to animator Chris Sanders (director of "Lilo and Stitch" and "How To Train Your Dragon"). As I've mentioned before, Chris is one of my biggest influences, as well as a friend. He employs Hawaiian imagery in so much of his work, and he designed a gorgeous vinyl Hawaiian Girl perched atop a pineapple, which he sells at conventions. I'd long desired one of these great statuettes, and when it came time to design a vacation shirt for J.P., Chris' take on Hawaiian ladies immediately popped into mind and onto my page. And as a post script to this story, I met Chris Sanders at this past summer's Comic Con, where he gave me one of his cherished Pineapple Girls. That was pretty awesome.
  • That might be the king daddy of all nutshots in "Dead Duck", even better than the one J.P. gave Dead Duck" in the very first story, "Soul-Taker's Apprentice". It's also noteworthy for being one of the only times that Dead Duck gives J.P. as good of abuse as he dishes out.

So ends this story. Hope you enjoyed it. See you back here for the next Dead Duck tale, "Cartoon Junkie"!

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