Strangely, this strip is more topical than ever. Thanks, Republican National Convention!
The third panel didn’t come out as well in the final strip as it did in the thumbnail, but the second panel came out better, so I guess it evens out.
I didn’t think of Artie’s final line until the last minute. It was totally worth the wait.
When this first ran, some people thought it was ridiculous that Mell wouldn’t know what was in Nutella, but seriously, there are a lot of parts of the U.S. where people don’t eat Nutella, like, at all. I never had Nutella until I came out to the West Coast and everybody was putting it in crepes.
I think those people were just showing off their knowledge of condiment spreads.
I worried about doing this strip because I wasn’t sure if people would remember who Bill was. (ANSWER: He’s Dave’s mundane brother.) But it had to be done.
My fondness for the word “denouement” comes from the “Tick” cartoon, specifically the Deadly Bulb episode.
Man, it took forever to come up with Helen’s final punchline here. Sometimes the gags don’t come easy. In the end, I guess it turned out all right.
The impotence thing is meant as a joke, but it’s listen on TV Tropes as Helen’s actual reason for not using the cure on Real Dave. I need to be careful about what I say in my comic strips.