I imagine this strip caused a lot of confusion for people down the line, inasmuch as, six years later, I’m kind of still working for Viz. After I was laid off as the front-desk receptionist, I started working for the company as a freelance editor, a job that’s continued to support me to this day (although not as well as it used to–thanks, economy). If it helps, none of this makes any sense to me either.
The man in the second panel is Viz cofounder Seiji Horibuchi, although the way I draw him he looks like my dad. The girl in the third panel is based on my friend Laura, who served as the basis for Iris in later Narbonic strips. The guys in the fourth panel are cartoonists Derek Kirk Kim and Jason Thompson. Jason is another freelance Viz editor.
Viz originally hired me to fill in at the front desk for two weeks, so I’ve been pretty lucky to hang in there for close to ten years. I’m like a cockroach. A sexy, sexy cockroach.