At this point, Andrew had just been hired by the Cartoon Art Museum as its new gallery manager. Like, that week. The museum was moving from its previous location on the second floor of a building on Mission Street to a beautiful new gallery space a few blocks away, in the museum-heavy South of Market area, where it resides to this day. The new space had previously been occupied by the Ansel Adams Gallery, which spent a lot of money carefully renovating and updating the galleries and then went out of business. Photography’s loss is cartooning’s gain; the Cartoon Art Museum inherited a great set of galleries that just needed a paint job, as depicted here.
Viz was heavily promoting the children’s anime Hamtaro around this time, because their biggest hit to date had been Pokemon and everyone was hoping that lightning would strike twice with something else that was kind of like Pokemon. There was a lot of Hamtaro stuff around the office.
I want to formally apologize for the fact that, in the last panel, Andrew kind of looks like he has a neckbeard. ANDREW WOULD NEVER GROW A NECKBEARD.