Note: The current story-arc begins at Strip 621
The real Casey and Mary announced their engagement about a month ago. Interestingly enough, I had it in mind for them to get married at the end of C&A all along. This is just a fortunate coincidence.
Anhd if you think about it, Mary really is the perfect girlfriend for Casey. Not many women would put up with the shit she puts up with.
To clarify, I'm talking about the comic Mary. The real-life Mary puts up with WAY more crap. :)
I get a fair amount of fan mail, and from it I can get a general feeling for what the readers like. And interestingly, they rarely like what I like.
Most readers seem to like the "Jenn goes to the 1980's" story arc the best. While my favorite has always been the Quantum Crook arc.
So this arc is sort of a compromise between the readers and me. A combination of elements from both story arcs.