Often cartoon writing is simply collecting little nuggets of interest. Some nuggets you twist, some nuggets you shine a light on, and some nuggets you group with other nuggets.
This cartoon wrote itself using that last method. I read an article talking about gamification and thought to myself “there’s something there.” And that idea laid around waiting for about a month until I heard someone on the radio talking about “gaming the system.”
It’s like the old saying, “A nugget saved is a nugget earned.” That’s how it goes, right? (Note to self: reduce usage of the word “nugget.”)