I was kind of into Five Star Bars.
I thought of this one at the Chicago airport as I was leaving Capricon, where I was a guest in 2005. I spent the entire flight back waiting impatiently for the chance to get home, get to a computer, and tell Jeff Wells about it. I think Jeff came up with the term “acaudial.”
I had Artie hanging out on Usenet because a) at one point I had wanted to do an entire storyline about Artie’s Usenet friends, and alt.support.gm was kind of a little tribute to that long-abandoned idea, and b) by 2005 next to nobody was on Usenet, so I figured a bunch of social-justice-oriented beast-men could hang out there. Nowadays they’d probably have a subreddit on Reddit. The only subreddit that isn’t mostly rape jokes.
Dave and Helen are too short in the first panel. Where are their legs? This bothers me because everything else about this strip is perfect and awesome and rules on high in its realm.
This is a fairly major plot point, but I like this strip mainly for Mell’s astute observation in the third panel. Actually we never do learn for certain how long Artie will live; as with so many things in Narbonic and in life, we just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best. He’s still alive in Skin Horse, and that’s a good sign, right?
In the thumbnail for this strip Artie refers to himself as three years old, but by the time I got around to actually drawing it he was four. Some of these storylines went on longer than I expected. By which I mean all these storylines.
Artie mentions his novel-in-progress again in later strips. I liked the idea of him working on a novel, but at the same time I have no idea what it would be about. He’s four years old and has lived his entire life in a disused storm drain. What kind of novel comes out of that background?
This strip is excellent and I love it very much. Look, everyone’s briefly happy! Next week a new storyline will begin and it’ll all go to hell, but for now all’s right with the world.
Also, all of Artie’s pensive expressions came out just the way I wanted them to.
Yeah, okay, this is kind of the quintessential Narbonic strip. Whether I like it or not, on some level my comic is always going to be known as The One With Canonical MPreg. Or one of the ones. There’s a lot of webcomics out there.
Artie is a gay shapeshifting gerbil-dude, and even he finds this conversation awkward. I like that Dave is pretty cool with it, though. He’s changed a lot over the years.