I can honsetly say that this has been the hardest cartoon I've ever penned. I drew this one eight times and this is the best of the bunch and I'm still not happy with it but perhaps Dale will be forgiving.
This was the photo I had to go by and I don't think I really did him justice. He should have been more broad shouldered, but I tried very hard to capture his sauveness, culture, and rugged good looks. Perhaps the spats and cigarette holder were a bit over the top but you can get away with that in a cartoon. I tried to work in all of the elements he suggested including the leaky ceiling, the curtain climbing cat, and Honeypot, but the Korean Bagel Lady could only be represented by the poppy seed bagel next to his flute of champagne, even if it looks like a doughnut with sprinkles. Food is hard to draw as well as humorless Korean women.
Dale, I am truly sorry that it has taken me this long to come up with this. I can only beg you forgiveness and promise you that the next time you find yourself on this side of Lake Erie, I will buy you an expensive dinner, lots of beer, and we will venture out to the local opera and we can critique it together, but pardon me if I treat it like a Marx Brother's movie. Then we'll go to Tiki.