This one’s filler-y but cute. I remember when I was drawing it I knew I should cut down Mell’s dialogue in Panel 1 to make more room for the art, but I couldn’t do it because I loved it so much.
Where does Mell get grenades? It’s an eternal mystery.
All I can say is that sometimes lettering is really hard. That second panel was a total mess, and it still looks pretty sketchy after extensive Photoshop cleanup.
“Blueberry” is (or at least was) a secret code word between my friend Laura and me. It comes up a few times in Narbonic.
Blue Corridor is sometimes referred to as Blue Sector. This comic has very lax continuity standards.
I find Dave’s pajamas-and-robe combination very cute for some reason. At home, as seen in various other strips, he sleeps in T-shirts and boxers.
There’s another Sea Monkeys Ocean Zoo in the third panel. Helen does a lot of Sea Monkey-related research, evidently.
I know there’s a TV Tropes entry for the trope where a plan (usually kept offscreen) requires a long list of improbable and wacky implements. I don’t know if there’s one for the trope where the plan is shown and all the implements actually do turn out to be essential. At any rate, Narbonic does both variations multiple times. This is the kind of gag you end up doing if you grow up reading too much Bloom County.
Mell is, of course, an entire hit squad on her own.
Man, this would be a weird plotline to explain to anyone who wasn’t familiar with the strip. Did anybody start reading Narbonic with this storyline? Was it just totally confusing?
I was getting better at drawing Caliban by this point. Eventually I gave him less limp-looking hair.
It’s nice when I give Mell protective gear for firing her ridiculously oversized weapons. It adds a little something.
As often happens in Narbonic, the best gag is in the first panel, and the rest is downhill from there.