Ugh…terrible gray fills in the first panel. I do like Helen’s hand-rubbing pose in the last panel, though. Helen’s just so darn perky. Being lost in a dungeon on the run from an international shadow conspiracy while trapped in the wrong gender doesn’t faze her at all. Or him. Whatever.
Dave, meanwhile, is becoming aware of the pull Helen has on him, even when she’s a man, and is understandably troubled. It only gets worse from here on out, Dave.
That weird face in the foreground of the first panel cracks me up. And, yes, it’s very sad how I can’t draw perspective at all. Or figure out where the ceilings should go. Drawing is really, really hard, guys.
At least Artie questions why there’s a dungeon in the basement of a hotel. The real reason is, of course, that I wanted a dungeon.
I guess I could’ve made the Dave Patrol guy look bigger and more intimidating, but keep in mind that Dave is 6’1″, man-Helen is taller than him, and the Patrol guy is taller than both of them. So he really is quite a large Dave. He’s about as big as Artie will be eventually. I drew some pretty good Arties in this strip, incidentally, but Artie’s really easy to draw, unlike ceilings.
This was one of the last strips I wrote for this sequence, dashed off to get Dave and Helen out of the dungeon. I actually still think it’s pretty funny. Helen’s weird logic generally makes for decent material.
Another nod to San Francisco street character Frank Chu in the last panel. I still see him downtown a lot.
And this was one of the first strips I wrote for “D-Con.” The whole thing was designed to build up to this moment. But wasn’t it all worthwhile?
I tend to draw fingers either too fat or too thin. And no, I don’t know why the Daves are carrying shotguns.
Holy crud, the dialogue in the second panel totally disappeared in the version that originally ran! What the heck? I’ve replaced it here. Sigh…
I do like that the shock of discovering that his car can turn into a giant robot causes Dave’s beard to fuzz up.
You know, sometimes this strip is a little bit silly.