Episode #3 opens with Jackie getting a job washing dishes at Ruby Ray's Parisian Cabaret. This is also the chapter setting up the atmosphere of the cabaret, and environment in which Jackie finds himself. The characters inhabiting the cabaret, especially the entertainers, are a mix between people who actually existed (Desi Arnaz), characters based on people who actually existed (the saxophone player who makes people drunk is based on a mix between Lester Young and the great Johnny Hodges, who played for Duke Ellington), and fictitious characters.
("A Night at Ruby Ray's" opening splash page, originally drawn around 1997)
(HERE IS WHERE THE PAMPHLET FORM COMIC APPROACH TO BELLIGERENT PIANO ENDS & THE WEEKLY STRIP BEGINS!!! Go to BELLIGERENT PIANO WEEKLY STRIP #1.)
(This is an old Belligerent Piano splash page, drawn around 1998. I thought I'd include it, even though "issue #4" was never completed. It will, however, be completed in the weekly strip.)