Another New Year’s Slumberland strip! These were so much fun to draw. The top panel is based on Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo strip for May 27, 1906. Most of the rest of the art is from the strip for March 8, 1908. As usual, Mell appears as Flip; there was a running gag early in Little Nemo where Flip wore a hat with WAKE UP printed on it, and every time Nemo saw it he had to wake up. The colors came out more saturated than I’d like, but oh well, the pink striped walls are pretty great.
BIG OLD SPOILERS: As usual, the New Year’s strip foreshadows the action for the next year. In this case, it’s all about Dave’s latent mad genius. The Dave in the nightdress is his conscious self; the other one is the real Dave, whom we don’t see until the end of Narbonic. At this point in the strip, we’re inching closer and closer to the revelation of all this at the end of “Lovelace Affair.”
Zombie races. That can’t be pleasant to watch.