Why writers have GI Joe sets leftover from their childhoods.
timprov and I were talking about a webcomic we both read, and he had spotted that its creator seems to use a particular method of getting out of a jam: character redesign. Every time the comic seems to be painted into a corner or going nowhere, one of the characters gets redesigned. "It's like the guy coming in with the gun," he said.
"Writers should collect those," I said. "Different guys with guns for different circumstances. Because more ways to get yourself out of a jam are always useful."