I was really nervous about the layout for this strip. I wanted the nice big panel at the end, but I wasn't sure how to convey the order of the first six panels to be read. They are set up to read left to right, one row at a time, but I was worried someone might try up and down, one column at a time. Basically, I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. I could have cheated and just drawn arrows, but that would have taken up valuable real estate, considering each panel was now half the size as usual. I couldn't go with the regular four panel set-up because I didn't think it gave enough time to set up the attack. There wasn't enough context and it made Holly's assault seem too random. I wanted to convey that her reaction was natural.
Holly's bat was originally going to be called "The Widowmaker", but I'd already done a similar joke in the For The Health Of It storyline. The Jalapeno Popper was a gag that came to me, surprise surprise, while looking at an appetizer menu at a restaurant.
Harry Potter reference FTW!