I spend about half my working hours on Arctic Circle. Most of the rest of my work is commissioned. This year I began working for a really nice pharmaceutical company in Australia who are developing an H1N1 flu vaccine. I’m not drawing cartoons for that, but I have been doing some fun stuff on antibodies which takes me back to my biochemistry days. It has been 10 years since I quit clinical research to become a full-time cartoonist and I don’t regret any of it (though I do miss the paycheck and the stationery cupboard).
Anyway… they baked a cake with my character on it. The cake wasn’t actually for me, but I’m pretty chuffed anyway – no-one has ever put my character on a cake before!