I knew going into this project, back in 2004, that the strips taking place in 2000/2001 would have to end with Sporkman's inevitable demise, if only to maintain continuity with my other comic at the time, "Basil Flint P.I." In "Flint," Sporkman dying was part of Amanda's backstory, so it still had to happen in some form. Even so, that didn't mean I had to take it even remotely seriously.
As a bonus, here's an alternate punchline I had written in the margin of this strip's original artwork. I think it might actually be funnier than the punchline I ended up with.