#018 October 30, 1996
This strip is dated one day after the previous strip. I guess this is when I just started banging out Max & Lily comics whenever I saw fit. Also, this is where I started carrying the “story” through several strips. Look at me all growing as a cartoonist and whatnot. So cute!
Anyway, yes, this is story is taken from an event in my life. I was out to dinner - but not on a date (At least I didn’t think it was. The other party likely thought differently. There’s that Kris charm that made all the gals swoon back then. :::eyeroll:::) at some fancy-ass restaurant in Chicago. The name was some kind of wood - Pine, maybe? - and thus my “clever” title for the strip. We were kind of dressed up and the older woman we were seated across from did a blatant once-over of our attire, pegged us as undesirable homosexuals, and did not hide her disgust. It was pretty pathetic on her part. She and her husband left soon after so we didn’t have to endure her through our meal. But it was kind of jarring in that it was one of the very few times I’ve had that reaction to my face. It pissed me off, and my dinning companion as well, and added a sour tone to the evening.
Yes, I did wear a vest. SHUT UP IT WAS THE 1990’s.
And I have to thank my non-date for the “It’s obvious who pushes the grocery cart,” line. It still cracks me up.