Before Just For Kicks I had what amounted to a Mary Sue strip (called “Sabum Says”)… it was too obviously based on real people and I realized early on I would be stuck… wouldn’t have the freedom to do what I wanted with characters that were based solely on living people… Hence Just For Kicks was born… but I kept feeling like Just For Kicks was just “Sabum Says” with new characters… so to shake that fear I did very early on… a crossover between my new strip and my retired strip… these next two strips act as a prologue for the crossover story AND start to establish Rex and Jace’s character traits a little more. (AND we see Rex WEARING the head band that we almost never see him without in this strip)