This strip ended up too wordy because I couldn’t bear to trim Dave’s line in the last panel. Looking at it now, it was totally worth it.
Also, all of Seth’s portentous demon-hunter dialogue cracks me up. Who else likes Demon Hunter Seth? He is one of my absolute favorites.
This strip kind of sums up my feelings about the “Demons” and “Angels” storylines; I felt like they got too convoluted and wrapped up in arbitrary rules and plot. But I guess it’s all worth it for Caliban referring to his human body as a “monkey suit.”
I don’t think I started this storyline with the idea of Mell being assumed into Heaven, but once she showed up it sort of started going that way.
Caliban, as a demon, continues to be disdainful of Dave’s low-pressure quasi-religion. He’s really more of a Catholic concept.
“Foob” was made-up slang in the comic strip For Better or For Worse. If I remember correctly, it’s a portmanteau of “fool” and “boob.” I love invented slang, the less cool the better. I also used the FBOFW line “She’s a gig, she’s roadside, man” in Smithson.
Caliban’s head is too small in the second panel. This is one of those cases where it really bugs me because otherwise the strip is practically perfect in every way, like Mary Poppins.
You know, I did some nice artwork for this storyline. Drawing angels is flippin’ fun. Also, I’m sure I’m the only person who cares about this kind of thing, but I started sometimes drawing Mell with her hair swept back from her forehead, as in the first panel here, just for variety. I ended up liking that design a lot.
This strip is a callback to the Thursday strip from this week, way back when. I like how unfazed Dave is by all this. He really has come a long way.