@Tundrasea (from yesterday) – I respect your opinion and your willingness to share, and I agree with you about the possibility of having too much background, and that sometimes it’s better to throw in a panel or two of talking heads to help the reader focus on a certain aspect of a conversation. But what many of us readers are dissatisfied with, in regard to the Bender’s performance, is that they have shown a tendency over the last several years to get by with less and less artwork and seem to be getting lazier and lazier. Today’s strip illustrates this point. Although there are three panels instead of the typical two, there is no background in any of them. Instead the Benders are back to using the “creepy leaves” for window dressing. That, plus the inconsistency in the characters, the unresolved loose ends, and the silly plot ideas, just show that it’s time for the Benders to retire and turn this strip over to some artist or artists who will give this great old strip the care and attention it deserves.