Do you remember when Sam leaped into himself as a teenager? And he played “Imagine” and it made his sister cry? THAT WAS SO
And then he leaped into his brother’s platoon in Vietnam and Al was in the photo and IT WAS EVEN SADDER!
Man, I loved “Quantum Leap.” This high-school plotline is chock full of things I loved in high school.
In the first panel I drew a little heart for Andrew.
People are always exploiting Dave for his car ownership. I’ve never owned a car, so this is basically the way I live my life.
I wrote a lot of material for this storyline that didn’t make it into the final version. My original idea for “Unstuck in Time” was that I would keep dragging it out as long as humanly possible to see how long people would put up with it. But “Doppelganger Gambit” ended up inadvertently filling that function. So I cut a lot of strips to shorten “Unstuck in Time” to a less annoying length.
I mention this in a later Sunday feature, but earlier drafts of this storyline included two fairly long sequences in Dave’s high-school life that I cut. One involved Dave’s first encounter with the Dave Conspiracy and explained how he was recruited into that organization (besides being named Dave). The other had Dave calling the teenage Helen for help. I liked a lot of things about the latter idea, including that it gave me a chance to draw pimply teenage Helen, but in the end I dropped it, mainly because I couldn’t figure out how Dave would get Helen’s high-school-era phone number.
Oh, man, that first panel sucks. I am so bad at drawing cars. I forget what horrible model this one is supposed to be. Also, the strip is
pretty lame andfiller-y overall. Bah. Fie on this strip.
Although “screw causality” is a pretty good thing for Dave to think.
Oh, Majel, you minx. Some people in the comments have asked whether Majel is supposed to be spectacularly attractive. I think what matters is that Dave finds her attractive. Majel probably reflects a lot of the things he likes in a woman, including a touch of evil.
The sign in the first panel advertises “E’s Fuzzy Brown Bear” and “Cory-Ellen’s Witches’ Brew,” drinks named after friends of mine at a coffeehouse called the Cubby Hole outside Vassar. Many members of the college geek contingent were regulars at the Cubby Hole. The Cubby Hole was still around when I visited the campus last year, but it no longer has the old drinks, alas.
Dave does not trust people to put things in his coffee. Would you?
The drawings of the coffeeshop were based on my memories of Brady’s Cafe near Kent State, where I spent a lot of Friday nights
when I was in high school. I just looked it up online and learned that Brady’s closed in 2002. Now I’m sad. I had my 16th birthday party
there and my mother brought a cake shaped like an elephant.
Ha! How is this the future? My laptop RIGHT NOW is thinner than that!
I do like the future versions of the characters, though. I always drew this pinstripe business suit when I needed to draw a woman’s
suit. It’s based on the only suit I own, which I can’t even wear anymore because I lost a ton of weight a few years ago and now it’s all
baggy. Which is too bad, because I looked totally hot in it.