And we segue into a new storyline! The title is a takeoff on the classic and long-out-of-print-in-English manga A, A’, by Moto Hagio. This may sound obscure, but Moto Hagio ought to be known and renowned for all her amazing works.
I wrote this strip at the eleventh hour, after the other strips in this week, but it came out well. Good work advancing the plot, me!
This is another strip I kind of wrote at the last minute to tie the other strips together and move the plot along, but it turned out pretty well.
The “Do Not Enter” sign in the first panel has a sign taped to it reading, “Mell, this means you!” Opportunities for background gags aside, hallway shots like that are among my least favorite things to draw, after cars. I can never get things to look right in perspective.
This is the kind of strip that happens when I’m trying to write strips, and I suddenly realize I don’t have Dave anymore to bounce gags off of, and then I’m sad. As an added bonus, Artie is wearing both a lab coat and safety goggles. So basically this strip is excellent.
I like this strip, not in the least because I only had to draw two panels. But I also like the stuff about the core cast breaking up and going their separate ways. My family moved around a lot when I was little, and the theme of losing contact with friends and loved ones comes up a lot in my comics. I have a lot of dear friends I don’t see enough of. Facebook does not count.
I decided at some point that Artie is ambidextrous, so I can draw him with a pencil in either hand. I worry about this kind of thing.
I think I wrote this strip around Year Three of Narbonic. You have no idea how happy I was to come up with it. Now it seems obvious, but–and I’ll talk about this more later–at the time I was delighted to have a way to bring this iteration of Dave back into the story. I ended up getting a lot of strips out of it, and as far as I’m concerned that’s a successful idea.
That’s a pen behind Dave’s ear in the last panel. I know it looks like he’s been tagged and released into the wild.
Dave usually blames Helen for his death, even though it was her mom’s doing, so “nearly killing me” is a step up.