Keen-eyed readers of the “Rejected Narbonic Plots” Sunday features may recall that Dave asking when he became evil was originally the punchline to an entirely different strip in an entirely different storyline. It’s been kind of a gradual process for him.
I still find the idea of shooting Artie at the demons amusing and am kind of surprised Mell didn’t try to shoot Artie at things more often.
SPOILERS: Later it turns out that demons are repelled by cute things, so it probably really would have been useful for the lab pajamas to have matching slippers. Helen’s loonier comments often turn out to have some basis in reality. Fortunately for her, she lives in a pretty ridiculous universe.
I think that’s an Aarnio ball chair in the background of panel 1. At the time I was researching modernist chair designs for my comic Smithson. Smithson required research into a lot of odd things like that.
Because sometimes you don’t feel like drawing a whole new panel, that’s why.
Helen looks all upset and fretful in this strip because she knows she really shouldn’t even be considering a romantic relationship with Dave, given certain details of their situation that will come up down the line. It’s a fraught issue for her. Sometimes it’s easier to be Dave and just freak out over the possibility of a relationship, period.
On the plus side, I like Helen’s sultry expression, not in the least because she so seldom tries to look sultry. On the minus side, I think this was about the point where I started drawing people’s hands too big. For the record, I didn’t start drawing knuckles on hands until Skin Horse.
Writing romantic-tension stuff was always so much fun. It’s great that this story ended up being set on Valentine’s Day rather than Christmas; it’s much more appropriate.
That’s a pretty good monsterish thing. I mean, it’s got a striped tongue! I’m generally good at drawing creatures like that, as long as I don’t have to make them actually scary.
Back when I was drawing this storyline I contributed a tutorial to a book on webcomics, and this was the week of strips I used for it. I put extra effort into the artwork, so this week probably looks better than a lot of other weeks from this period. This strip in particular came out nicely.
That’s an especially weird firearm Mell’s got there. I drew in some Kirby Krackle to class it up.