I like that Caliban gets a little character moment here, but really, this strip is mostly good for the exchange between Helen and Dave in the first panel. Sometimes the punchline ends up in the first panel, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
It’s hard to draw a crowd of characters and make them all turn out the right size and so on. This came out okay, though you’ll notice I made up for the difficulty of fitting all those characters together by not bothering to draw any backgrounds.
At last Caliban’s figuring out how life works in the Narboniverse. Good for him. Also, I drew a pretty good armchair.
Look! I got circle templates for drawing word balloons!
Serrognathus platymelus siki is the stag beetle. Those guys are great! They’re huge and want to crawl all over you and freak you out with their enormousness.
I wrote this one fairly early. You can see the microwave is unplugged in the strips where Dave is working on it. Foreshadowing!
I wish I’d come up with clever refrigerator magnets to draw in the background.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but of all the possible concepts for hypothetical Narbonic spinoffs, “Seth and Caliban sharing an apartment” is still my favorite. Seth is just so great for everything.
(Okay, technically Li’l Mell and Skin Horse are both Narbonic spinoffs. But they don’t have Seth in them.)
Mallomars aren’t vegan either. Artie keeps drifting further away from moral purity. He’s vulnerable to the temptations of the flesh.
Googling this issue brought up a bunch of links to recipes for homemade vegan Mallomars. I refuse to believe that’s a good idea.