I love this strip partly for the excellent dialogue, and partly because I only had to draw two panels. Sometimes you luck out and get a twofer.
Helen threatening to un-mad Madblood is possibly my favorite second-panel dialogue in the entire run of Narbonic. It’s very good as just an aside.
This strip, on the other hand, was difficult, first because I had to establish the parameters for Lovelace’s hardware, and second because I had to draw so many tiny lines. I mean, look at this thing! So many lines!
Originally this strip had a piece of dialogue about the small-servos-building-big-servos process being called the “Odlaw principle,” “Odlaw” being “Waldo” backwards, but I ran out of space and also it made no sense to anyone but me. And, now that I’m thinking about it, possibly not me either.
We never do find out why Madblood disconnected Lovelace from the Internet. Presumably he suspected she was engaging in some hanky-panky back in “Lovelace Affair.” Also, I guess it’s just good sense if you want to trap your AI forever in your Arctic lair. Madblood’s relationship with Lovelace is complex.
It never until this moment occurred to me to wonder this, but where did they send the S.O.S.? Their Gwich’in is terrible.
I felt it was necessary to clarify that Dave is very much not in his right mind, especially given the events in tomorrow’s strip. Aside from that, I like Madblood here for a) revealing that he wasn’t completely clueless about Lovelace’s relationship with Dave, and b) shouting, “Not my magnificent creation!”, an excellent mad-scientist line. Well done, Madblood.
Yeah…so. I feel bad about the bum deal Lovelace gets in Narbonic. She really goes through a lot at the hands of various mad scientists. Sorry, Lovelace.
I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey to get Lovelace’s dialogue right. At some point I figured it was inevitable, what with having a character named Dave.
Sorry again, Lovelace fans.