As they say in the movies, the idea was so crazy that it just might work. And so, along with everything else I was doing, I added writing a musical to my to-do list. It would be called Funky Winkerbean’s Homecoming. The plot revolved around the fact that through some sort of scheduling quirk, Westview High School’s homecoming game had been scheduled as an away game. Everything was thrown into turmoil and comedy ensued. Writing the musical was revelatory in that it confirmed for me the notion that longer form story arcs were the kind of writing that I now preferred to do. Instead of writing stand-alone gags, you could produce a story from which the humor could flow in a more natural fashion. In short, I had more fun writing Homecoming than I’d had in a while.
From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Five