I had this unfortunate tendency to draw tabletops too high, making the characters look really short. This is kind of going on with Bill in the last panel here. Which is too bad, because his pose in the first panel, as he’s sitting down, is pretty good.
Bill is massively less intimidated by women than Dave is. To be fair to Dave, most of the women he meets are really scary.
I mentioned this back in the commentary for the time-travel storyline, but in my private backstory for Dave, his parents are long-divorced and his dad is essentially out of the picture. That’s why Dave and Bill only ever mention their mom.
This strip was definitely influenced by “Bloom County” and Milquetoast the Cockroach’s habit of bathing and/or bedding down in people’s food. It’s not quite in character for Artie to go hot-tubbing in people’s drinks like that, but wouldn’t he look adorable?
“Three Coins in the Fountain” features memorably in the greatest John Hughes movie, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but I confess with no small amount of shame that I mostly know it from the musical Forever Plaid, which I was really, really into in high school.
At the time I wrote this, my wok was my best piece of kitchen equipment. Now my best piece of kitchen equipment is my chili pot. I don’t have any other commentary on this strip, I just wanted to mention how much I love that chili pot.
Oh, and in the third panel I should have drawn Dave walking in the opposite direction, to keep the action flowing visually from left to right. But it’s okay, because I own a chili pot.
This strip is way too wordy, but the beat panel turned out well. I especially like Zeta’s hair. That’s the kind of detail I almost never manage to draw effectively, and the panel wouldn’t be funny without it.
You know, this strip is great. It was so worth spending a week setting up the singing androids and stuff so I could end on this little moment of Zen.
Plot-wise, this week demonstrates the way different people perceive reality in the Narboniverse, which is a crucial plot point way down the line. So I hope you were paying attention to yesterday’s strip with all the crowded word balloons.