I wanted to have a strip of the hamsters strategizing against Madblood, but it’s hard to strategize against a crazy person. Hence this strip.
Artie dresses super dorky sometimes.
Artie doesn’t like to think of Helen as his mom. This is one of just a couple of times that she’s explicitly described as such, and never by Artie himself.
The best part of this strip is Mell in the background of the third panel, but Helen’s dialogue is all very, very Helen and reading it gives me the satisfaction of a job well done. So basically this is another of those strips where everything is better than the punchline, but I’ve made my peace with that.
I’m proudest of the fact that the hamsters refer to a colander as a “spaghetti strainer.” Because that’s what I call it.
Someone already pointed this out in the comments for a previous strip, but the rooms in the hamsters’ command center have both human-size and hamster-size doors. It’s a good thing they do, or it’d be less convenient for Artie to get around. Thanks, plot device!
I wrote this at the last minute and the punchline is thrown together, but on the plus side, all I had to draw were hamsters and spaghetti strainers. So in the balance of things, this strip is excellent.
“Down the hall and to the left” were the directions to the restroom at the Cartoon Art Museum’s old location. Everyone who worked the front desk got used to saying that a lot. At the current location, it’s “all the way back and to the left.”