I love this strip. I love it a lot.
The bookstore is based on Comic Relief in Berkeley, which is now Fantastic Comics. Andrew’s hanging around in the first panel.
So basically, Artie becomes a schoolteacher. It’s questionable whether this will help him advance his agenda at all, but at least it’ll keep him busy, and some kids will learn how to read.
I’ve mentioned this before, but of the four major characters, Artie is the only one whose character arc still has a long way to go by the end of Narbonic. He’s still very young and has many adventures and bad decisions ahead of him.
“Garioli” is from a piece of old nonsense writing by Samuel Foote, although it should be spelled “Garyulie.” The passage is more famous for giving us the term “grand Panjandrum,” but maybe it’s not very famous for that anymore either.
I thought that someone needed to ask Dave what it was like being a mad genius, but there probably wasn’t any chance of getting a useful answer out of him.
I just want to say that I don’t like the shirt I drew on Artie. It’s his last appearance in Narbonic; I should have dressed him better. I didn’t have a lot of imagination when it came to clothing.
That’s me in the foreground of the first panel. I used to wear that hat everywhere.
And there’s Andrew in the first panel. I gave us a lot of cameos here at the end. After all, when would I have the chance to draw us into Narbonic again?
Nowadays, I use the cracked light bulb for sketches a lot. It’s a nice little icon.
I wrote this one way, way early on. It’s the oldest strip in this storyline. And you know what? It looks AWESOME.