Earning a living as a cartoonist may be the stuff that childhood dreams are made of, but they seldom turn into reality. Roger Dahl is one of the fortunate few who have made the grade, and it all started in Tokyo. For over 20 years the versatile Dahl has been making Japan Times readers both think and smile, as the mind behind not only the Opinion Page political cartoons but also the "Zero Gravity" comic strip, which pokes gentle fun at the foreign experience in this country.

"Zero Gravity" features the day-to-day exploits of Lily and Larry, a married couple employed in the English-teaching sector.

"I chose the names tongue-in-cheek, since the Japanese typically have trouble with the 'l' sound in English," Dahl grins.