Rat bites are much more popular in the pine barrens than other local dishes, like possum cakes, due to their lower calorie count and taste that is at least slightly different from watered-down gasoline.
This comic was a clumsy attempt to add some back story to the characters. I don’t know if I’ll continue the idea with the new comics, but if I do it will be less direct and terrible.
For the record, I do live in the pine barrens, but I do not shop at Starbucks. Nor will I pay $2 for a raccoon.