Making an appearance in today's strip is one of the first cartoon characters I created... Frederick The Fish. I was a huge fan of Garfield back in the mid-80s, and that comic was a major influence in creating Frederick (especially in the eyes... those bubbly eyeballs, starting with Frederick, are still a part of my cartooning to this day).
TRANSCRIPTION COURTESY OF JOSEPH HOUK - [CW' fish tank – with MH] (MH) "Awww, he's so cute!" (CW) "Yeah. I call him 'Frederick'." (MH) "So where did you get him?" (CW) Well, Maggie, that's quite an interesting story in itself... [1990, the set of the video of Faith No More's "Epic"] (last line of the chorus plays in background) "It's IT (what is it?) It's IT (yeah yeah yeahhhh)..." [clapboard SNAPs] (Off screen voice) "CUT! That's a wrap!" [CW is behind the set, waiting to go in and grab the flopping fish on the set floor]