This strip is dedicated to Andrew, who always says this.
Yes, I do a lot of fourth-wall-breaking humor, but the important thing about this strip is that Artie looks adorable in a suit.
Artie can seeeee yoooou. He can see you like Animal Man.
Zeta is calling Artie a work of art. I’m embarrassed by the number of strips in this sequence that need me standing by to explain them.
Right, so Artie is receiving this grant for his hypertext poetry, which probably sounds pretty antique nowadays. I studied hypertext fiction in college under the pioneering hypertext novelist Michael Joyce. Sometimes my parents wondered if their money was being spent wisely.
Man, Dave’s gotten all classy. He didn’t learn it from Helen, that’s for sure.
This storyline exists mainly to tie up some loose ends and set up events in the final arc of Narbonic, and it’s maybe not the strongest storyline on its own. I have enormous fondness for it anyway, mainly because I got to draw Artie in his suit and tie. I love how dapper he looks. Cary Grant was a major model for Artie’s poses and expressions. If I’d been into “Mad Men” at the time, I probably would have put some John Hamm in there too.
Oh, wordy strips. Why do you have to be so wordy? I like this rare glimpse of Helen and Dave just hanging out as a couple, though. Also Helen’s socks.
Yes, Dave is playing on an NES. Because he’s awesome.
“So I says to Mabel, I says,” is a line from “The Simpsons.” There seems to be a lot of Internet debate over whether it’s a reference to anything. Kumamoto, like many areas of Japan, has a local dialect different enough from standard Japanese to be close to a separate language. So you can see how this strip is hilarious.
Anyway, yes, this is a rare glimpse of ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST in his day-to-day, mixed-caps life. It’s been a while since he showed up in Narbonic, so it’s good to have him back in the story again.