Yes, the egg is, in fact, a Super Mario Bros. reference. I sneak a lot of Nintendo references into my work.

Man, back when I did this page, that 6th panel resting in the 7th with a bit of the monk poking out was a pain to do. Since then I’ve developed techniques that make that much easier… but I never do it!

Sometimes you just can’t win.

Oh, yeah. “Hogh eh nachi,” is Oonooan/Grey for “What in the Hell,” more or less. It is not a literal translation as Hell is a concept foreign to the Grey, but a dark place (lack of wisdom) is not. Thus this statement is an expression of disbelieve, a sort of “I can’t believe it!”