Published August 23, 1999
"I'm sorry—did you say something? I was off creating my own reality."
Man and woman eating dinner.
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William Haefeli grew up in Philadelphia, but now lives in sunny Los Angeles, just around the corner from the La Brea Tar Pits. Early in life, he studied art and psychology, and barely escaped a career in advertising before becoming a cartoonist. His first cartoon appeared in The New Yorker in 1998. His method of execution, using washes to give his characters flesh tones, and his incisive wit are hallmarks of his style.