Oh hey. The debut of the stump! The talking magical stump who… actually, wait, this isn’t his debut, is it? This stump character actually appeared way back when Thomas first arrived at the Professor’s castle, and walked through his garden! Check it out:
You may notice that the evil frog who’s in this story was settup here too — admittedly the design has changed a bit since then. I really like trying to plant these sorts of seeds if I can — I try to think as far ahead as I can with the stories before I start actually writing them. In fact if you look back at my “Once Upon a Time” strip, the very first A Townsville Fairytale strip you can see both the frog, AND the stump hidden in the “O” of Once.
(It’s only a couple of strips before the one I already linked. Find it yourself!)