I like Helen’s little raiding outfit. I should’ve drawn her with a ponytail more often.
The conversation in this strip is based directly on almost every conversation I had in college. I’m looking at YOU, Jaye.
Ah…too much dialogue for one strip. The problem with the personality sprites is that they tend to hover where the word balloons would normally go, leaving less room for text.
Maybe it’s just me, but Common Sense may be the sexiest of Helen’s sprites. And the least often seen.
The inclusion of dialogue about potential love slaves is another nod to my college friends. We often chose concubines for ourselves. It’s a sign of our extreme nerdiness that we all had official love slaves selected from the cast of “Babylon 5.” And it’s probably a sign that I was the nerdiest of them all that mine was Vir. I actually drew a series of comic strips on the subject while I was in college, but I lost them. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Doing shadows is HARD. I tried, though. I really tried.
Here Madblood does the Romantic Rope-Swing, but fails to scoop anyone into his arms in the process. This is his key mistake. It’s like how the first Jedi to draw his light saber will be the one to lose the duel. Once you get that opening move wrong, you’re doomed.
This is one of Andrew’s all-time favorite Narbonic strips, because Andrew’s a sucker for a boob joke. I’m pretty fond of it myself. The weird spidery robot, and Madblood’s sad little thought to himself at the end…good times, good times. I forgot to draw in the crucial “GRAB!” sound effect and had to paste in that little rectangle, though, which is kind of sad.
“Flats or heels?” is lifted from an episode of “Red Dwarf,” another huge influence on Narbonic. Derek Kirk Kim used to say that he liked Narbonic because it reminded him of “Red Dwarf.” Probably because I stole all the good jokes from it.
Abandoned acid factory. Sometimes I want to hug myself. The illegibility of the text and continuing lack of backgrounds aside (where the hell are they?), this is a pretty good strip. In fact, this whole week of strips is good. The characters are getting interesting, and I’m starting to hit the right tone. Six months in, there are signs of hope.
I don’t know what magazine Mell is reading, but the back cover says, “Little. Evil. Different,” which was the personal motto of my friend Mee-Lise. She’s little and evil.
Helen is much bigger than Mell in that last panel. I needed to be more careful about that.