Two weeks ago the topic for Toon Club was: Gladiator. After doing a little research, I remembered that gladiators had basically slave status in ancient Rome. I also started thinking that these gladiator battles were basically big, entertaining outings in Rome, & figured that after the battles, the spectators probably continued entertaining themselves with parties & socials, you know - Hey man, after the battle we're all goin' to my place for some wine & a dip in the pool.... So I got more excited about illustrating a pool party in ancient Rome than the actual gladiator. I included him at the party (even though I'm sure the gladiators were probably not invited to any pool parties) but tried to remain true to the gladiator's slave status. I lived in Italy for a few years & wanted to try & capture the environment of Rome so I spent a little more time on this one than I really have time for. I also got excited about putting a bunch of little Roman references in the illustration as well, see if you can spot them all!