And a new storyline begins! I remember finding the title and concept of “David Cronenberg’s The Geek” inordinately funny at the time, which probably means this stuff isn’t amusing to anyone but me. Allison Lee, one of my friends and roommates in college (and the namesake of a gerbil way back when), was extremely fond of David Cronenberg’s The Fly, to the point that she often went by the nickname Brundlefly, after unfortunate scientist and Jeff Goldblum character Seth Brundle. So this storyline is for her.
As soon as Dave and Helen went through the teleporter together, readers started speculating that it would probably cause trouble, but I put off the reveal for a while.
Dave has really unfortunate hair in the second panel.
I still like this gag. It’s so dopey. I drew Helen’s cigarette smoke all fancy, but it doesn’t really have any special significance. I was just bored.
In the foreground of the first panel you can see a couple of mad-science journals, Thanagnosis and the inimitable New Journal of Malology. Also some carnivorous plants. The New Journal of Malology has this weird evil-eye logo on the spine; the logo of Thanagnosis is, naturally, a skull.
I think that’s the HTML code for www.narbonic.com reflected in Helen’s glasses.
This would’ve been better if I’d spelled something out with the binary code. Sadly, I didn’t. Not this time.
Helen’s discipline–genetics–and Dave’s discipline–computer programming–aren’t entirely different. They both involve a whole lot of code. I think this was the first strip I wrote for this storyline.
A lot of the art this week is pretty good by my standards. There’s Helen’s beat reaction in the third panel here, and that nice shot of Artie from the back, and what more do you want from me, anyway?
The thing Artie’s sitting on looks like a cross between a gel electrophoresis setup and a Sea Monkey Seaquarium. Man, I drew that thing into a lot of strips.
I totally totally dig Zork.
Obviously the flannel is a key genetic Dave trait. This all makes perfect sense. Anyway, Helen looks pretty cute dressed as Dave, if I do say so myself.