The Hardy Boyz and Lita were so boss when they first came over to the WWF from the independent circuit. I love the more acrobatic, lighter-weight wrestlers, and of course I dig lady wrestlers who can actually wrestle. I saw all three of them live in a ladder match once, and it was totally sweet. Sadly, the Boyz and Lita have since split up and had the kind of problems generally euphemized in pro wrestling as “personal demons,” and any time I’ve seen them since it hasn’t been the same.
Sorry, what were we talking about? Oh, yeah. The gender swap. Girl Dave actually looks pretty cute in this strip. If I were drawing this later, though, I would’ve made her hair less stringy, and more like the way I drew guy Dave’s hair in the later years.
70. “Waking the Monster,” by Darren Hayes
The professor is building something extraordinary
From the first signs I knew he would hide it from me
Clang, clang, rattle, and buzz
There’s a helicopter blade and a bit of a truck
Suggested by my friend Drave. Thanks, Drave!
Gender-bending and pro wrestling. This was what I had running on Christmas Day.
Those are some disgustingly cute wrestlers on that poster. I cannot draw tough guys to save my life. Mick Foley is in the flannel shirt at the right, and I’m not even sure who the rest are supposed to be, although I think I can make out Kane and Lita.
Dave’s crush on Mick Foley, who at the time was playing the commissioner of the WWF on the shows, is of course entirely autobiographical. I just think Mick Foley is really, really neat. He’s happily married, but I’m sure he and Dave would get along very well.
71. “Plastic Fantastic Lover,” by Jefferson Airplane
Super-sealed lady, chrome-color clothes
You wear ’cause you have no other
But I suppose no one knows
You’re my plastic fantastic lover
I apologize for not remembering who first recommended this to me. Anyway, thanks very much. I have to admit I enjoy all Jefferson vehicles.
This is the kind of thing I get hung up on in gender-swap stories: should the characters still be attracted to the sex they were attracted to before, or the opposite sex? Earlier, Helen showed a continued interest in Madblood, but that could be as much about their ongoing rivalry as anything else. In the end, I decided that girl Dave should be attracted to men, because it’s funnier. And it makes Dave really uncomfortable and defensive.
Dave’s book in the first panel: Advanced Java for the Smug. Also, Dave appears to have moved her Darth Maul beanie to the office, where it sits next to an angry toy Hulk.
72. “The Scientist,” by Coldplay
Questions of science
Science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart
Come tell me you love me
Come back and haunt me
All in a rush to the start
Running in circles
Chasing our tails
Comin’ back as we are
Aimee Mann’s cover of this is a million times better, for the obvious reason that she’s not Coldplay.
“You’ve been awfully cranky since I turned you into a woman” is a great opening line, admit it.
Short Man’s Syndrome comes from an episode of MST3K wherein Tom Servo was diagnosed with the disorder, but I think we’ve all encountered it at some point. Personally, like Dave, I’d probably be less upset about having my sex reversed than about suddenly being a foot shorter.
73. “Screaming in Digital,” by Queensryche
I am the beat of your pulse
The computer word made flesh
We are one, you and I
We are versions of the same
When you can see what I feel
Don’t turn your back on me
Or you might find that your dreams
Are only program cards
Of course, songs about creepy AIs are a whole subgenre onto themselves, the surface of which I’ve barely scratched with this list. Like songs about going to the moon.
Yeah, this strip is just fluff, but at least I got off the subject of pro wrestling. Also, “Funny Girl” comes up again, if only as a video cover. I swear people still occasionally watched videos at the time I drew this strip.
Dave looks so dejected in the first panel. Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman.
74. “Going Digital,” by Jason Radford
I’m headin’ off on a digital trip and that’s what I plan to do
I’m goin’ away to a digital plane and I ain’t comin’ back real soon
The whole thing is electrical
It’s running through my veins
And everything’s connectable
From the “Digimon: The Movie” soundtrack. YES.
I dislike this strip because it gets back into the tired, if sometimes accurate, “geeks are scared of girls” stereotype. However, “scuttle away with a crablike gait” is pretty good, as is Helen’s advice to Dave in the second panel. It’s useful in so many situations.
75. “Atom Bomb,” by Fluke
Baby got a satellite
Baby got second sight
Baby got a masterplan
A foolproof master plan
Baby got purple hair
Baby got a secret lair
Baby got an army there
I ain’t ever seen baby scared
Again, I apologize for not remembering who recommended this. But it’s a rad song! Thank you!