This was one of the first strips I wrote for this storyline. Heck, this was one of the first strips I wrote, period.
I HATE THAT GUY’S HAIR!
Future!Mell’s bodyguards are sort of loosely based on Mike and Kate from Dirk Tiede’s Paradigm Shift.
This strip conveys a lot of useful information about the future. Mell has bodyguards. She doesn’t see Dave on a regular basis. Dave is
“Dr. Davenport.” Oh, and people still pick on bald guys. I’m sorry, bald guys.
This strip was written so long ago that, in the thumbnail, Dave still had his close-cropped haircut from the early years of the strip.
Originally his line in the last panel was, “I’m sorry I cut you brutally short!”
Another really early script. I have no regrets.
Originally the third panel was even wordier. I made up a lot of horrible things for Mell to pretend had happened to Future!Dave.
I hate it when characters hide some amazing and/or wacky truth about themselves for no particular reason (the “can’t let the
neighbors know” phenomenon), so in this storyline Dave tells just about everyone he meets that he’s traveling through time. Some
people believe him, some don’t, and some, like Mell, take advantage of the situation to mess with his head.
This was written during the period when my employer, Viz, was Viz LLC. They’ve since become VIZ Media.
Man, silhouettes are a great trick. Everything looks better in silhouette.
I do this kinda stuff to him all through the picture.