Yeah, yeah, geeky gamer guys are scared of girls. As I said before, I cut a lot of material from this storyline at the writing stage, but I probably could have trimmed more. A lot of the gaming group strips are pretty blah, although the gaming group itself ended up being a nice set of characters later in Narbonic.
Seth is wearing a classy Lady Death T-shirt. Eric’s shirt is from the MST3K ConventioCon Expo-Fest-A-Rama, the official “Mystery Science Theater” convention. Kevin, the guy Eric is based on, was a big MST3K fan, and in fact we met on the MST3K Usenet group. I wanted very badly to attend the ConventioCon Expo-Fest-A-Rama when I was a feckless Ohio teen who could only dream of someday visiting anyplace as glamorous as Minnesota. Little did I know that someday, thanks to my mad-science Internet comic, I would have a Twin Cities-based convention of my very own. Beverly Garland didn’t come to mine, though.
76. “Lonely Lab of Broken Hearts,” by the Arrogant Worms
I’m in the lonely lab of broken hearts
I dissect the way you say goodbye until it falls apart
I’m in the lonely lab of feelin’ blue
And my pheremones can find no trace of you
Suggested by Tara Tallan. Are you reading Tara’s comic Galaxion? Because you really should be doing that. I was reading it before it was a webcomic, which is how cool I am.
I don’t have much to say about this one except that:
1. Although the physical resemblance isn’t really there because I suck at drawing people, Freddy’s reaction in the last panel is an accurate depiction of Jason Thompson, the cartoonist (and author of Manga: The Complete Guide) on whom the character is based.
2. The figurine in front of Freddy is a Mock Man, a stick figure-y character Jason used to draw into his comics all the time.
3. Yes, that’s a can of Ellmann Energy Drink. I’m not sure what it turns into in the last panel.
77. “The Operation,” by Charlotte Gainsborg
I want to explore you
I’m gonna get under your skin
So you can feel me running through your veins
I want to examine
Every inch of your frame
The pressure points that cause your joy and pain
Our love goes under the knife
There is no room for doubt
Suggested by Jeremy Berg. Thanks!
I still kind of like this one, although my art in all these strips is terrible. I wasn’t used to drawing the gamers. Somehow the pop cans all got freaky small in this strip.
78. “Ruler of Everything,” by Tally Hall
Are the ruler of everything
Ruler of everything
I’m the ruler of everything
In the end
Suggested by B.J. Johnson. Thanks!
I drew very few panels in which Seth doesn’t have a sweat drop flying off his head. For some reason I’m fascinated by nerdy guys who are constantly angry and frustrated at the universe. I’m going to have some in Skin Horse too.
Actually drew some cleavage on Dave in the second panel there.
79. “Lost in Space,” by Aimee Mann
Lost in space above all drifting
To a place where planets shifting
The moon erased, it’s features lifting the glare
But I am the stuff of happy endings
Though mostly bluff, belief suspending
But close enough for just pretending to care
Have I mentioned how much I am digging Aimee Mann lately? Because I hell of am.
The things Helen is holding in the first panel are sheets of electrophoresis gel; the dark lines are centrifuged genetic material, which forms layers in the gel based on mass. It’s usually used for genetic analysis. Basically, I can only draw lab materials used in freshman bio, because that’s all I took in college.
I was having underwire issues at the time I wrote this. I bought some better bras later.
I’m actually pretty impressed that Seth asked Dave out. I don’t imagine he approaches girls much. I’m even more impressed that Dave accepted.
80. “How to Build a Time Machine,” by Darren Hayes
If I have understood correctly
Velocity equals the distance traveled divided by time.
I’ve read every word ever printed on quantum physics
Now it is time to try
I read your book
I found your notes
I dusted this thing off and turned on the key
The rumbling motors
The hissing electricity
Another song suggested by my friend Drave. Thanks, Drave!
Yes, this is just silly, but I needed some explanation for Dave’s willingness to go on this date. Throughout Narbonic, Dave, is shockingly susceptible to bribery.
I do like Dave’s rock-solid confidence in her own beauty. Oddly, Dave is just as solidly convinced that he’s unattractive as a man.
Andrew prefers Mike to Joel.
81. “Frankenstein,” by the New York Dolls
And all these shoes are too big
And this jacket’s too small
How you don’t know Frankenstein, a Frankenstein
We’re asking you as a person
Is it a crime, is it a crime
For you to fall in love in with Frankenstein?