One thing I enjoy when writing is to put in repeating phrases and ideas. I don’t think anybody really notices them, mainly because they are often designed to fly under the radar unless you know they exist, like the arrow in the FedEx logo.
The first words of this comic – “I don’t draw them in the comic, but…” are a good example. The phrase stayed in my mind as a good way to start a comic, and so it will pop up now and again over the course of the next few years. There are other examples. They aren’t usually present so often that you’d notice, but they’re another way I entertain myself with my work. [April 25, 2011]