This is one of the earliest strips I did for Slouching Toward Bohemia - which is to say, it's autobiographical. And I feel I should mention that Coleen was profoundly talented herself, a magnificent operatic soprano. We met at the music department at Florida International University. But for the purposes of the strip, she and Dave met at Oberlin (my wife's alma mater, a wonderful university in Ohio). To the ever decreasing extent that Dave is based on me, this is wishful thinking, as I never had the chops to get into that rarefied a music program. Apparently Dave has madd skillz that have not been revealed yet.