I already mentioned this back when Dave was a girl, but I generally had the characters appear in the Sunday strips just as they appeared in the daily strips at the same time, even if they were a different gender or species or whatever. So here’s Dave!Artie. I kind of wanted to draw him in color anyway.
Yes, it’s another of the many contests devised over the years by the eternally enterprising James Rice. I’m always happy when someone writes a computer program to prove or disprove throwaway lines in my comic (or, in this case, fanfiction about my comic). It’s better when they’re proven than disproven, of course.
But what, you ask, have James Rice and his gerbil Speedy been up to lately? Well, earlier this year, as the following photo essay by James shows, they visited the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
Of course Speedy took in all the regular tourist stuff like visiting the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
He posed for photos with the cars from the movie “Talladega Nights.”
He snuck out to the finish line for a photo.
That’s the kind of stuff any gerbil might do. But when Speedy goes to Talladega, that’s not quite enough.
So he bummed a ride in the world’s fastest Mustang (a car that’s gone more than 250 mph), and, with real NASCAR driver “Wild” Bill Elliott behind the wheel, they tried to set a new track speed record.
They picked up speed fast, but on the third lap, in turn two, at more than 180 mph, the car blew the right front tire and went into the wall.
Fortunately no one was hurt, and though the car was bent and scraped, it will be fixed and run again. Speedy will be ready when they are.
Thanks once again, James and Speedy!
I really have no idea how I inspire any of this.