Always nice to see Earl again!
Sometimes people ask me if I miss writing or drawing any particular older characters that no longer appear in the strip. The truth is, I miss a lot of them. Honestly, sometimes it's tempting to just cram them all back in! But I think we can all imagine the giant mess that would come out of THAT impulse.
So alas, I guess I have to be vaguely responsible and let the needs of the story decide which characters should stick around and which should take a leave of absense. And as a creator, you have to let some familiar faces go from time to time so that you can work with new characters and new ideas!
But in a universe where I had infinite time to make infinite stories -- where I could keep doing new stuff and revist all my old favourites? We'd almost certainly see more of Earl. And Gertrude. And Sidney. And Andrea. And Mr. Stabbs.
(OK, maybe not Mr. Stabbs.)