All I remember about this strip is that it took forever to draw, by my standards. I mean, I drew that door four times. That’s, like, four doors!
Artie’s relatively new job as Helen’s lab assistant continues when he’s not in human form, apparently.
Yeah, so over in Skin Horse, Unity is a construct zombie with a cloned brain. Her brain apparently came from the DNA of a top assassin which was sold to the government by a mad scientist. And that’s all I have to say about that, except that it’s nice when everything falls together so neatly.
Aw, I like this one. I probably should have drawn more one-off gags about Artie changing form. Speaking of which, his earlier efforts to control his shapeshifting through Zen meditation must have paid off, because he seems to have a handle on it now.
Artie’s yelling blows Helen’s hair out of its bun. Ah, cartooniness. Excellent.
From here to the end of the week is a plot-heavy, foreshadowing-heavy sequence of strips, and it was hard to make it funny. Funny and ominous don’t go all that well together. But this strip is pretty good, mainly because I enjoyed drawing Artie being exasperated.
Helen looks like she can’t believe she did it herself.
A while back, I commented that the main point-of-view character changed from Dave to Artie around the end of “Lovelace Affair.” You can really tell in a sequence like this, which is basically Artie dealing with the issue of What to Do About Dave.
I don’t know what the little logo on his T-shirt is. I should have thought of something clever, but Artie doesn’t seem like the type to wear clever T-shirts. By the time of Skin Horse, he’s taken to wearing shirts advertising the various causes he earnestly supports, probably acquired as freebies for volunteering to collect signatures outside the Berkeley Bowl, but at this point in his life he doesn’t have those.
End of the year, 2005! I can’t believe we’re already entering the final year. I’m getting teary-eyed…