Real-Estate Man was the first character I came up with for this event. Actually, the name goes back to one of the earliest Reception Man notebooks, where he appears as a potential villain. When I decided to use the name for the Basel exhibition in 2007, this set one of the recurring themes of the whole series, the use of regular expressions as names. (An outrageous idea, coming from the guy who wrote Reception Man, I know.) Oh, and the construction site setting surely contributed to the main theme.
This is both the very first page I drew for the series and the only one I didn’t submit. I had been asked for five, but I gave myself the luxury of creating six so I could make a choice.