I love this strip. Especially the unexplained swirly pattern on Helen’s communication screen. It was stupidly hard to draw, but worth it.
Silhouettes always look good! Why do I so often forget this simple fact? As do random circles.
Lotta bubbly liquids in this strip. I hope some far-future literary critic finds symbolic meaning in that. Actually, giant transparent containers of fluid are just really easy to draw (cf. Floating Eyeball Corridor, the most frequently-appearing room in Narbonics Labs).
This one was really hard to write. Sometimes you’ve just got to sweat ’em out.
I always kind of wanted to draw the scene Mell describes, maybe as a bonus story in one of the books. But I couldn’t make it funny, so I never did. It’s probably more dramatic as told secondhand, anyway. It’s kind of retcon-y, but it does help explain why Helen, and Narbonic in general, were wackier in the early strips.
Helen hired Mell and Dave about six months after going mad. She was still pretty hopped up on the initial rush of crazy when Mell came on board. I’m sure they had fun.
Once again, Artie in a lab coat and goggles is excellent.
I can’t remember when I came up with the particular plot point of Helen being madder before Dave came along, but these strips were fun to write. I like Mell being nostalgic for Extra Crazy Helen. It once again brings up the unanswered question of where the heck Mell came from. Apparently one day she just showed up at the lab and started helping Helen out with the mayhem. Of course in the Li’l Mell spinoff she’s always been like this.
There are like tubes of giant plants in this room. That’s pretty cool.