Oh boy! Another of my favorite ridiculous plot developments! I can’t remember when or how I thought of this, but it’s a natural outgrowth of the need to use the teleporter at some point in the story because, hey, they’ve got a teleporter. And it just so happened that the teleporter has been used previously to de-fuse Helen and Dave, so I guess the developments in this week of strips are inevitable.
Some of these strips are just way too wordy. Helen’s quite the manipulator in this storyline. As is hinted repeatedly throughout Narbonic, setting people and events up like a chain of dominoes may be part of her mad-genius powers. Or she could be making things up as she goes along and taking credit whenever they go her way, like her mother does.
This may be my favorite Narbonic strip that doesn’t have a proper punchline. I love this stupid plot development. Also, the last panel contains two of my favorite things to draw: naked people and Mell loaded down with guns. There’s also a ridiculous hat, which may be the trifecta, except the word balloon covers the gun mounted on top.
Is this the only time I drew Dave shirtless? It just might be. Even when he’s in bed with a girl, I usually drew him with a shirt on. It’s hard to make the chest hair cute.
Artie-as-Dave has little beady gerbilly eyes. Later on, I initially drew human!Artie with the same eyes, but I gave up on it after a while because they weren’t expressive enough.
Mell’s helmet is very “Calvin and Hobbes.”
I have nothing to say about this strip. It is awesome and perfect. Even the naked drawings of Artie-as-Dave came out pretty well. This was totally worth the entire eight-month storyline.
This strip doesn’t have much of a punchline; it’s just there to move the plot along and get Artie into some clothes. Even if you only count his appearances in human form, Artie probably spends more time naked than any other character. If you count his appearances as a gerbil, of course, he’s naked most of the time.
Yes, I included the line about sweatpants to explain how Artie-as-Dave is able to fit into Madblood’s clothes. Because otherwise people would complain. As it is, we have to assume that Dave and Madblood have similar vision problems, which is why Madblood can continue to wear his own glasses as Dave.