You know, this is a pretty well-set-up little plot point. Too bad no one buy Zeta cares about it.
I like this strip a lot, but maybe that’s just a me thing. I find the Artie/Zeta relationship weirdly touching, all the more so because it’s never a big part of the plot in Narbonic and most happens in the background of other stories.
I do think Artie has pretty boss hair. I also like his continued uncertainty about why Helen turned him human in the first place. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure either.
This is the second strip in a row about hair. I worried about that at the time, but what the hell, the characters do have awesome hair. I’m lazy sometimes.
So, yeah, the androids Dave drove to Winnipeg got cruelly dissembled and turned into admittedly awesome Krang-style walking machines for the hamsters. Sorry, androids.
The design of the hamster-bots was inspired by the Jack Kirby-designed Marvel villain Arnim Zola, whom I adore; he’s second in my affections only to MODOK. I managed to work the two of them into one of the Marvel Holiday Special stories I wrote back in the day. Arnim Zola appears in the Captain America movie, but sadly with his head on his shoulders like some boring normal person. Maybe in the sequel.
Artie’s dialogue in the second panel is essentially lifted from Jeff’s Very Long Fanfic. It was just too perfect a lead-in to the belated official promotion of Artie from cute sidekick to de facto hero of the story (on his good days). I’m sorry, Jeff. The student had become the master.
In other news, that little shuttle thing is adorable.