As I was writing and drawing these original strips, I wanted a twist. A reason for Brutus, the antagonist to want Mellie instead of fighting her. As a kid I thought that the gangs West Side Story was silly. That some neighborhood gang members danced their way through life. So, when Brutus the tough street cat needed a reason to want Mellie, my first thought was to make him a fan of West Side Story with her being Maria to his Tony. This started a running gag of Brutus being obsessed with Mellie as his Love.
And his Love for West Side Story.