I’m really happy with the way this strip came out. That fisheye-lens effect in the second panel is easier than it looks; you just draw wrong.
Just walking up to the front door with a box of wine is probably the only way to get into Dr. Narbon’s lair alive. Fortunately for Mell, she usually goes for the direct approach, or maybe she’s cleverer than she lets on.
My mom has the original art for this strip hanging in her house. She has light-up flamingos in her yard.
“Beta’s little thug” is a pretty good description of Mell. I like Mell’s combat/assassin outfit, by the way. She looks good with her hair pulled back, and I love drawing cargo pants with lots of unnecessary pockets. It’s that little bit of Rob Liefeld inside each and every one of us.
Dr. Narbon isn’t the big-gun type. A small concealed weapon or six, that’s more her speed.
This has come up before, but my mother has been a loyal General Hospital viewer since high school and, in the days before you could get reruns on the Soap Opera Network, would freak out hardcore if she was out at 3:00 and it didn’t tape. The ordeal of making sure Gen taped looms large in my childhood memories. General Hospital has since become a recurring theme in Skin Horse, as Sweetheart seems to be a fan.
Yeah, so this is another thing my mom does. Every year, she leaves the Christmas tree up a little longer; she now redecorates it in February for Valentine’s Day and in March for St. Patrick’s Day. I’m trying to convince her to just leave it up year-round and cycle through all the major holidays. It’s only a matter of time.
I remember being unhappy with the way the poses in the last panel turned out, but I guess they get the point across okay.
Artie looks completely terrified. This is because Artie is smart.
This strip inspired disturbing speculation on the message board about a possible Mell-Artie-Dr. Narbon three-way. That would be interesting, to say the least, though probably not all that fun for Artie.
In the third panel, Mongor is clobbering Artie with his right fist, but in the next panel he’s rubbing his left wrist. I apologize for the serious continuity error.
Moving on from my great shame…
As I’ve said before, the basic concept for this storyline is extremely old, but it took a long time for it to come together. It was like the “Doppelganger Gambit” storyline: I drew a handful of strips, couldn’t figure out a plot for them, and set them aside. With “Doppelganger Gambit,” everything suddenly came together when I had the idea of setting the story on the Moon. With this storyline, it came together when I thought of Mongor the Iguana-Man. I don’t know why or how this worked, but Mongor is the magic glue in “Battle for the Lost Diamond Mines of Brazil.”
Mongor is based on my mother’s pet iguana Mongor, now sadly passed on. The name originally came from an evening when Andrew and I were watching the original 1980s miniseries V. After the famous and awesome scene where a teenage girl gives birth to two half-alien babies–one of whom looks human, the other like a reptile–there’s a scene where she’s taken into the lab to see her babies for the first time. She sees the human baby and says, “I always thought Elizabeth would be a nice name for a girl.”
Then she sees the reptile baby, and that’s when Andrew said, “And I always thought Mongor would be a nice name for a boy.”
Wikipedia informs me that there actually was a character named Mongo in the later V: The Series, so he wasn’t far off.
I would have been so sad if I’d gotten through Narbonic without once using the line, “Have the prisoner stripped and sent to my bedchamber!”