Right, so I thought it would be a good idea to have Dave go work for my employer, Viz Media. That’s why I had him get a job through Freddy, the avatar of my friend Jason Thompson, who at the time was the editor of Shonen Jump magazine. Thank you, Jason!
I think “I am trying to get fired” was a line in “The Simpsons,” but around this time Jason Thompson really was preparing to leave his position as the editor of Shonen Jump in order to become a freelancer and concentrate more on his cartooning. So it was a running joke in our circle of friends that he was trying to get fired.
Seriously, though, Jason is an awesome manga editor.
This strip went over well with web design people.
The conversation in the second panel is a real thing I overheard once. Dave looks kind of off crouched under the desk in the last panel, but somehow that makes it better.
The head IT guy is kind of loosely based on the then-IT guy at Viz. He also appears in this very early week of strips, applying for the job at Narbonics Labs vacated by Dave’s death.
This is the strip where you can tell they’re working at Viz, because the health plan used to include acupuncture, and that’s what the windows look like. Also, Freddy whips out Jason Thompson’s trademark hand gesture, The Claw. Everyone should have a trademark hand gesture.