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I’m reaching further back for the old cartoon today, to January, 1996. This was an interesting period in the history of Arlo & Janis. Fundamentally, the two title characters were the same as when I’d first envisioned them a decade earlier. It is obvious they both had their original, youthful hair styles, but beyond that they appeared much as they do today. In other words, I had settled in by 1996 and learned a lot, and the characters evolved accordingly. The strip and the characters would continue to evolve, but they had lost that early weirdness forever. I was doing some good writing about that time, too. If the strip were a human being, I’d equate the latter half of the 90s as its thirty-something years, no longer inexperienced and awkward and at the height of its abilities. Don’t ask me what it is today.