Mojo Nixon is romantic, right?
And Dave’s bizarre-sounding plan to Artie makes perfect sense! He really is a mad genius!
The island storyline, way back in 2002, closed with a fakeout ending, so I liked the idea of bringing the island back for the real ending. Plus, islands are cool.
Speaking of previous Narbonic storylines, remember when Shane Wegner composed a soundtrack for “Battle of the Lost Diamond Mines of Brazil”? Because, with the help of Jon Sack, he also composed one for this week of strips. Here’s Epilogue: Sunset on the Island of Gerbilflies and Doom, copyright Shane Wegner.
Shane describes this track as “some soothing, islandy music (inspired by Oahu?), with a few gentle shrieks and chirps of Gerbils in the background. I imagine this is how the movie ends, with the final hammock/madness/anything’s possible epilogue.” On Paul Marino, who assisted with the “Diamond Mines” music, and Jon Sack, who assisted on “Epilogue,” Shane writes, “It’s like Helen, Dave and the Doomsday Machine. I give them the slightest blueprint/description/request of what I’m hoping for, maybe a really rough midi sketch and stand back, they make it awesome.”
I dig this so much I cannot do my excitement justice.
I like the idea that Dave typically gets Helen gifts that are transparently for himself. Come to think of it, the island kind of falls under that category too…
It’d been a long time since I last drew the island, so I tried to put an effort into drawing the vegetation and stuff. I hope you enjoy these ginormous leaves.
So now Dave has a new job as mad-science liaison to the Dave Conspiracy, and Helen has a spot for her next evil lair. That certainly worked out nicely. Mad Dave is a much better schemer than Sane Dave. Also he has a lab coat, for Science.
Are we really this close to the end? How did that happen? I’m all choked up.
So anyway, Helen winds up with an island lair, which is easily the most boss category of evil lair. It probably ends up being Dave’s island, too, eventually, so he really isn’t giving it up for very long. Does he know that? Probably. Dave is cunning now.
Did Helen know that it would all work out this way? Possibly. Helen has always been cunning.
The first panel was inspired by a scene in Lea Hernandez’s graphic novel Cathedral Child. I liked the idea of Helen and Dave standing on a cliff, overlooking the future.
I also liked the idea of smooches. I’m a big irrational softie.
This is it, folks. The last daily Narbonic strip.
I wanted the relationship between Helen and Dave–and, for that matter, most of the plot lines and character developments–to end on an ambiguous note. No matter what happens, at least they seem ready to have fun doing it. That’s the best any of us can hope for, I think.
Thanks for reading and rereading, everyone. Final Sunday strip tomorrow.