Cartoonist Julie Larson created "The Dinette Set" as a response to her experiences living in the suburbs after her children were born. After close observation, Larson discovered that the seemingly slow lifestyle that most people observed had much more to it. The observations led her to create the Pennys, a suburban family for whom even the most mundane event is an adventure. Before beginning her career as a cartoonist, Larson earned a degree in architecture and worked in the design field. Now, she lives with her three daughters, and enjoys "playing the Pennys," as do hundreds of her devoted fans.