I remember this being hard to draw, probably because it included (gasp!) full-length figures and part of a room. Also, there’s way too much text in here, making the art cramped.
The note in the last panel reads, “Dear Chris, I hope you’re reading.” The thing on top of it is an adjustable micropipette. It’s for measuring out very small amounts of liquid, usually in biology lab work.
Helen mentions being 28, indicating that two years have passed in strip time since the beginning of Narbonic.
The best part of this strip is the file cabinet in the first panel with all the drawers labeled “D-D.”
The label on Dr. Narbon’s purse reads “Hazardous Materials.” As you can see, I passed up few opportunities to draw a tentacle coming out of something.
In many ways, Dr. Narbon is a very simple thinker. This may be why she gets along with Mell.
I always enjoy how totally Helen is undone by her mother. And here I found another excuse to draw a Sea Monkeys Ocean Zoo. So hurrah!
The washing-machine-shaped object is a lab centrifuge. I know the ones with exposed spinny arms like you see in the opening of the Ang Lee Hulk movie are cooler-looking, but this is closer to what people actually use for genetics work. Yes, they look kind of boring. (Incidentally, I’m one of three people who liked the Ang Lee Hulk.) See, this is why I made my main scientist a biologist instead of, say, a physicist or an engineer: most biology equipment is really easy to draw. I didn’t sit down and teach myself how to draw complex hardware of any kind until about two weeks ago, and that was just because Jeffrey Wells scripted a bunch of tech stuff into Skin Horse. Jeffrey is mean.
Dr. Narbon really doesn’t do all that much in Narbonic. She mostly just stands around, drinking and chuckling to herself, and lets other people do it for her.
I do love Dr. Narbon.
This is one of my favorite Helen moments, so much so that I was kind of sorry I had to do it with Male Variant Helen rather than Helen Classic. It’s “shooting and biting” that does it for me. Also, if that’s a gerbil inseminator, it’s a pretty boss gerbil inseminator.