The Daves are right. This strip is a total copout. But an inspired copout. I’m sorry I lost a balloon tail there in the second panel, though.
I love this whole series of strips. For one thing, they’re in a friggin’ dungeon. Which is somehow in the basement of a hotel. And Helen and Dave have to communicate all Count of Monte Cristo style. In other words, it’s completely nonsensical and has almost no connection to anything else in this storyline, and is therefore awesome.
Sometimes Artie has little thumbs.
The last line is a reference to Huckleberry Finn, of course. For that matter, so is the entire strip. “Condemned prisoners in a dungeon” is one of my favorite cartoon scenarios, second only to “stranded on a desert island,” which I somehow also manage to work into this storyline.
Come to think of it, “D-Con” is a pretty strange storyline all around.
I think this is the only time the gerbil inseminator is used to actually inseminate someone with gerbils, albeit off-panel. It’s the kind of thing you have to use sparingly.
I got better at drawing arm hair later on.
I was not very good at drawing people sitting on the ground. That’s why I gave up and switched to a profile in the second panel.
I can’t remember how, exactly, I decided that this storyline should involve a desert island. I might have written the desert island scenes first and then hooked them up to “D-Con.” Some of the island strips were written really early on. Like I’ve said before, I dig desert island storylines.
I still like this strip a lot, even though it’s wordy. Artie looks really pissed in the second panel there.