As I’ve mentioned before, Andrew and I own only an NES and a Super Nintendo, so the majority of video-game references in Narbonic are to these two game systems. I was playing a lot of Donkey Kong Country at the time I wrote this. I’m pretty good at the Donkey Kong games.
Helen mentions that Dave sounds just like Madblood, which means there’s a danger he could be Madblood, having somehow intercepted Dave’s cell phone. But really, only Dave would open a phone conversation the way he does here. Helen’s ability to distinguish between Dave and Madblood, no matter what they look and sound like, will come up later.
Dave-as-Madblood playing video games is just adorable.
I love conversations where both parties have separate but equally wonky goals. It’s not nearly as good if one of them is sensible.
Helen is wearing the same dress she wore to her high-school reunion. It’ll appear again. Helen doesn’t have a lot of dressy clothes.
Dave just keeps bagging on Madblood. You’d almost think he was annoyed by Helen’s efforts to seduce the guy.
I decided to do this strip even though it arguably contradicts the way Dave ultimately quits smoking in “Dave Davenport Has Come Unstuck in Time,” which I had already plotted out at this point. I thought it was funny. I get in a lot of trouble that way.
One of my favorite strips from this storyline. Dave-as-Madblood came out great in the third panel; he’s a nice combination of curves and lines. I have no idea what any of the devices behind him might be. I have nothing more to say about this strip except that it’s awesome and I should win ten Nobel Prizes for it.
This storyline has a lot of strips where the dialogue almost totally crowds out the art. At least in this case I anticipated it and drew huge friggin’ balloons for the computer’s typed dialogue.
Yes, in the first panel, Dave is stealing Madblood’s silverware. Which consists of sporks.
Naturally I hate this strip because it’s MADE OF HORRIBLE GRAY FILLS. Also, Madblood appearing as a 300-mile-tall hologram is the kind of thing that really shouldn’t get crowded out by an oversized word balloon. Nonetheless, Helen’s point stands.
As we see next week, Helen is at Notari’s, the Italian restaurant where she and Madblood had their date back in “Crystal of Marinia.”