Are parties supposed to be pretty?

Wow, at first, I thought “Cathy” the comic strip character, was making a cameo appearance as a skateboarder in panel 4. Having a guest cartoon character would be a first for Mark Trail, though it is often done in other strips.  And say, do you see how the stage decoration behind Happy Trail in panel 1 kind of makes him look like a turkey? I wonder if Rivera is making some kind of subliminal statement here.

I reckon that Worrywart Mark has to stick around for the surprising revelations from Professor Bee Sharp that will predictably set off the fireworks. Then Mark can go into his Hero Act again to save the family from the soon-to-be-rioters. But let’s face it: Happy Trail has lost his antennae for detecting danger.