The introduction of the Author was inspired in part by a play I worked on in high school called "The Butler Spoke Sooth". At one point in the play, which is really more of a play within a play within a play within a play (and so on...), everything is going to hell, the "actors" have fallen out of character and the director has to show up to attempt to get the play back on track. In the same vein, here one of the main characters is dead and another has disappeared, so the only way to get the comic back on track would be for the Author himself to show up and attempt to put things right.
At least, that was the idea I eventually came up with. In reality, I'm pretty sure I didn't know what the hell I was doing and was frantically trying to come up with a good reason for the Author to show up. You know, basically what I did for the entire run of the comic.
By the way, while that sprite of the Author pointing may be the worst pointing sprite ever, at least you can see that my spriting skills are improving, right? I mean, in both the second and third panels, those are Mega Man sprites that were not only recolored, but I stuck the Author's head on there too! That's gotta be at least a Level 2 Spriting Skill.