This strip would’ve been way clearer if I’d drawn the last panel as a long shot of Artie alone at the bar, with the ice cream. This bugs the hell out of me now. Why didn’t I do that? It would have been such an improvement.
I did draw a nice ice-cream sundae, though.
That is a very funky sound effect in the second panel. I like that.
Titus’s first instinct in a bad situation is to get the hell out of there. That’s how Titus has survived for as long as he has. He must really like Ginny if he’s pausing to take her along with him.
“My ingenious weapon!” still cracks me up for some reason.
Titus knows all the mad-scientist tropes. That’s the other reason he’s survived for as long as he has.
Man, that’s cold-blooded of Helen. Not that it’ll do any lasting damage to Titus, who’s extremely tough. Still, as easy as it is to forget this, you really don’t want to get on the wrong side of Helen.
As ruthless as this strip is, my heart is strangely warmed by Mell waving happily away in the third panel. Having a tiny Mell in the background, doing something appropriately Mell, is always good.
One of my all-time favorite Narbonic strips, and thanks again to Jonathan Towne for creating the character of Titus. The only thing that keeps these strips from being totally sadistic and grim is Titus’s attitude toward the whole thing. He’s been through worse.
Helen knows all the tropes, too.
Sometimes you have to feel for Artie, spending his life running around trying to staunch the needless carnage the humans around him are exasperatingly intent on causing. On the other hand, he is a total buzzkill.