Yup, time for another New Year’s Slumberland strip. Most of the Slumberland strips are pastiches of multiple Little Nemo strips, but this one is copied directly from the New Year’s 1906 Little Nemo in Slumberland. I’m especially proud of Mell as the New Year and Old Year at the top, which gave me an opportunity to draw that kiddie version of Mell I was fond of drawing around this time.
Each of the Slumberland strips foreshadows events in the coming year of Narbonic. This one is entirely about the time-travel storyline, “Dave Davenport has Come Unstuck in Time.” “Professor Madblood and the Doppelganger Gambit” went on for so long that, for a while, I worried I wouldn’t get to “Unstuck in Time” within 2003 and the impact of this strip would be ruined. Fortunately, I managed to wrap up “Doppelganger Gambit” by the end of July, allowing me to devote the second half of the year to “Unstuck in Time.”
“I am just barely ahead” is a terrible, terrible pun. I’m not at all sorry.
“Oh dear! It is the princess come to get me!” is a line that should appear in more fiction.