And here we are! The awesomest week of strips! I waited and planned so long to get to this point. Anyway… yes, I hate onions. They’re awful. Andrew and I have adopted a special onion-free lifestyle so we don’t have to deal with the problems Helen faces in this strip.
The passageway in which Helen and Dave are sitting in this week of strips is based on the interior of the Fermilab particle accelerator, enlarged. Much later in Narbonic, Helen refers to this area as the Orgone Accelerator, orgone being the orgasmic life force theorized by pleasantly looney psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich. So if anything untoward happens this week, blame it on all the orgone.
The sentient meme is a nod to the excellent Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran webcomic Superidol. I was a regular on Warren Ellis’s message board around this time.
This is the third time Helen has this conversation with Dave, and each time he comes down a little more firmly on the hanging-with-the-evil-mad-geniuses side. Moving on, I did some good drawings this week of people eating Chinese food. It’s just a little thing, but I’m happy with it. I wish I’d started drawing knuckles on people’s hands, though.
…and this is the first time Dave turns the question back on Helen. This is meaningful!
When this strip first ran, people questioned whether Helen would have electric bills, since she apparently has a nuclear reactor and stuff in the lab. It’s true she probably just steals truckloads of electricity from the city in the dead of night, like Enron. That was what Enron did, right?
The bonus story in Narbonic Volume 3, drawn by Phil Foglio, includes the bad clams. Because I’m a completist that way.
I wonder what’s on the cookie fortune Dave’s reading in the first panel. Presumably something encouraging.
And here it is: one of the three Narbonic strips I will never sell, along with the first and last. Frankly, that kiss came out pretty darn well, considering that kisses are hard to draw. And that’s all I have to say before opening this to the floor.