Well, it’s true. Women are hard on Dave’s cars.
This strip was drawn in response to people on the Narbonic message board complaining that Dave didn’t need to get such a big truck just to drive a bunch of androids to Winnepeg. Well, no, he didn’t really, but look at what an awesome truck it is!
Artie and Zeta agree on nearly everything. Dave is outnumbered here.
I had decided at this point that Dave comes from Minnesota, as a homage to the Narbonicons. Where anything else in Narbonic is located, who knows?
It always kind of bothered me that Artie was forced to hop up and down on the keys to use a computer, so I wanted to do a storyline where Dave built a tiny little wireless keyboard for him. Somehow it got reduced to this strip, which explains why Artie uses a regular-sized keyboard and saves me from having to design and draw gerbil-sized electronic equipment.
I’m sure Dave did an excellent job, though. Possibly too excellent, but Artie never uses it, so I guess it never comes up.
Andrew and I are in line ahead of Artie and Dave. The guy at the front of the line is Paradigm Shift creator Dirk Tiede, and Derek Kirk Kim is behind the counter. This was drawn during the brief period when Derek worked at a Bistro Burger, for reasons to complicated to get into here.
The guy in the second panel is nobody in particular, though he looks like he ought to be.
This conversation gets more complicated in retrospect, when it turns out that SPOILERS Artie is totally gaybones.
Dana’s final reward came out of a) a line in the Don Hertzfeldt cartoon “Rejected,” and b) Jeff Wells’s habit of writing mini-fanfics for Artie and Dana that for some reason always involved dairy products. This all made sense at the time.
That just might be the saddest Artie I ever drew. And I drew some sad Arties.
Much later, Eric Burns quoted this strip in a Websnark post about Artie’s tendency to wreak marginally more havoc through his well-meaning but poorly-thought-out actions than the characters who are actively trying to be destructive and evil. Eric understood exactly what I was going for with Artie, and I was very excited and flattered than someone had put that much thought into my comic. Also, Artie’s dialogue looks very classy and smart all typed out.