Hey! Today’s my birthday!
Today begins the longest single storyline in Narbonic, running from December 2002 to July 2003. Some claim “Professor Madblood and the Doppelganger Gambit” is too long, but these people are haters. It is awesome and contains everything a Narbonic storyline requires: mad science, romantic angst, shape-shifting, explosions, and humiliating things happening to Dave.
The art in this week is pretty bad, though. It’s all over the place. Dave looks cute in the first panel, though.
I don’t like this strip very much, but I do enjoy the uniform Madblood has apparently devised for himself. Mell steals his jacket later on.
Again, the art is all over the place in this week of strips. I was trying to do some new stuff and only sporadically succeeding. Also, I was getting tired of drawing Dave with the full beard.
Dave’s probably right about the island, although I cannot even begin to guess what kind of move he thinks he should’ve made.
This is a really doofy strip; I only did it to fill out the week. I had Andrew do the lettering on Madblood’s signs so they wouldn’t have my handwriting, but he had trouble doing all the teeny-tiny lettering. Lettering is hard.
I do like Madblood’s continued efforts to get Helen’s attention. He and Helen both have a pull-your-pigtails-and-run approach to dating. Also, Dave is clearly fed up with the whole thing, as well he should be.
I watched “Birds of Prey,” which was a bad, bad idea. Gail Simone’s run on the comic is really good, though.
Even though the punchline isn’t great, I like this strip. Helen’s flounce, and Mell giving Artie that doofy Star Trek line, and whatever the hell sci-fi pen Dave is writing with… it’s all good.
The only problem with doing the shoulder sprites is that they tend to really clutter up a panel. Beyond that, I always enjoyed writing these, and this one has Dave’s Steve Dallas-like social life.
It’s probably too small to tell, but Social Life smokes a joint rather than a cigarette.