Yes, the teleporter has a “no flies” sign on the side. And apparently one electrical cord that plugs into the wall.
My vague concept of the teleporter’s workings involved the Dave Conspiracy having an orbital satellite that transmits teleporter signals anywhere on the globe. That’s why there’s a satellite dish on top, a feature missing from future teleporter models (even though I think they all work by tapping into the Dave Conspiracy satellite).
This whole storyline is giving me serious “Lost” withdrawal.
Helen’s so utterly thrilled by this development. Well, really, who doesn’t enjoy a teleporter? Aside from the guy who knows he’ll probably be forced to test it? Within the next five minutes? Right.
Artie’s gesture in the third panel is nice. It’s very reminiscent of Quentin Blake’s drawings of mice for Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which are the high-water-mark of sketchy rodent illustration as far as I’m concerned.
Dr. Narbon got her teleporter from the Dave Conspiracy, so even if it’s not exactly the same as this one, it follows the same basic principle. See, Dave? This should be easy!
I really wasn’t very good at drawing boobs or hair consistently.
This was the hardest and scariest strip to post. At this point, I’d worked out a lot of the larger Narbonic story arc and had set up foreshadowing here and there, but with this strip I was locked in: I had to do the plot more or less as planned to the end. Once I posted this, the ending of Narbonic was set. It was pretty heavy.
So, basically, Dave’s got skills. This ends up being important.
You can tell this is serious business by Helen’s Very Serious Thinking Pose. The skimpy jungle outfit only slightly undermines the effect.
For those keeping score: the Dave Conspiracy has had a teleporter network for a couple of years at this point. They hired Dr. Narbon to build it for them based on some plans they received. Right now, Dave is having a look at the innards of one of the Dave Conspiracy teleporters, which will later allow him to figure out how to build a teleporter for Narbonics Labs. Make of that what you will.
“Six impossible things before breakfast” is from Through the Looking-Glass:
“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Alice in Wonderland gets quoted much later in Narbonic, in reference to the same issue. I didn’t plan it that way; I’m just really into the Alice books.
Dave’s head is so severely messed up in the third panel. I didn’t know how to draw one-quarter views then, and I never really figured out how the heck Dave’s hair works.