Aside from the always shame-inducing gray fills, I like this strip a lot. There’s the footnote, and Dave holding Mell’s hand, and the rocket ship is just adorable… I want a cookie for this one. Where’s my cookie?
The moonscapes in this and other strips come from photos. There’s a lot of surprisingly smooth hills up there.
It’s true. Spacesuits really are one-size-fits-all.
Man, that’s some crazy hair I drew on Mell. It’s psychedelic. Stare at it too long, and that hair will transport you to a mystical wonderland.
Yeah, every once in a while I did a long strip for no particular reason. It was fun! Used up twice as much bristol, though.
People commented yesterday on Dave’s remarkable ability to slouch and stick his hands in his pockets while wearing a spacesuit. Slouching is one of Dave’s superpowers. Mell got the firepower,
Tip in Skin Horse got the powers of seduction, and Dave got slouching. I’m sorry, Dave.
I do like these strips where the characters pause to note how nerdily awesome their lives are. Also, that moonbase is hilarious. It’s like a Dr. Seuss moonbase. Only in black-and-white. It’s a shame about the gray fills, but what can you do?
The movie selection is the first reference to Madblood’s crush on Jennifer Connelly, which comes up repeatedly throughout the rest of “Narbonic.” It seemed like a typical crush for a nerdy thirtysomething guy to have. (I never established exactly how old Madblood is, but I had him pegged as a few years older than Helen, who’s about 29 at this point in the strip.)
I like the little hot-towel-and-cocoa-serving robot. I like to think that’s all it does on the moonbase. It was inspired by a Ray Bradbury story where a guy slogs through the rains of Venus for page after page (shut up it totally rains on Venus) and at the end of the story he finally makes it to a base and there’s a fluffy robe and a mug of cocoa waiting for him.
The computer’s name, never mentioned in this storyline, is Lovelace. She doesn’t get along with Madblood. She figures out pretty quickly that Dave isn’t Madblood, mainly because he’s polite to her, and takes a liking to him.
Dave doesn’t often mention his opinion of Madblood explicitly, but it’s clear from his occasional comments that he has kind of a negative opinion of the guy. His mention of Madblood’s skinny girl arms in the strip two days before this one is my favorite example. Here, it’s obvious that he’s a little bit jealous.
One of my favorite aspects of this storyline was figuring out how to telegraph the different characters’ identities with body language. You can tell I’m getting into it here; this is definitely Dave, not Madblood, lighting the cigarette and slouching around the moonbase.