One of my personal favorite strips. I didn’t end up doing a lot of strips that just establish the premise of the series like this. Probably should have, if only for the sake of new readers. Anyway, about the only thing I don’t like about this one is that Helen’s face came out all wrong in the last panel.
As you can probably guess, this strip was necessary to establish that Dave’s position at the lab has changed somewhat in the past year. He’s much more self-assured and comfortable within his little sphere.
Sentient computers are always helpless against logic paradoxes. Would “Star Trek” lie?
In a strip several years later, Mell comments that Dave’s mail is mostly Netflix, but this strip hails from an earlier era. I seem to recall this strip inspiring arguments on the mailing list and message board about what Dave’s mail ought to include. Back when my nerdy uncle Harold smoked, he had tons of Camel Cash stuff lying around his computer room at all times, which is probably what I was thinking of when I wrote this.
There are two good things about this strip. One is the very respectable drawing of a microscope in the first panel (I must have bothered to draw from reference for once), and the other is “Very Bad Acid.” No, wait, the little black hood on Artie is also pretty sweet. I’m sure Helen made him wear that.
I guess the lesson of this strip is that Mell will not only mess you up good for no real reason, she will actively encourage others to do the same. Mell’s really not a great person to have around a lot of the time.
I still dig this one. I mean, look at all the gerbils. I guess if this strip was in color they’d be pink, being shaved gerbils and all, but they’re cute in black-and-white.
Helen’s pose in the last panel is pretty awkward, though.
I remember writing these strips in the summer of 2000, on the long bus ride to and from work, and laughing my ass off. Now I’m not entirely sure how I came up with the Dave Conspiracy idea or, more to the point, why I thought it was funny. I can only assure you that at one time I thought it was the most hilarious thing ever. Sometimes my brain makes weird burps.
I have my doubts about the efficacy of the conspiracy if its members spill their guts so easily. Of course, Dave’s softer on Helen than he’d like to admit at this point.
All three of these punchlines are lame. I clearly only did this strip so I could play around with the floaty-heads thing in the first panel.
Why introduce a secret Illuminati-like conspiracy into Narbonic? I honestly have no idea. I’ll do my best to answer the questions in the comments from justifiably baffled readers, but I myself am unsure of what I was smoking at the time. Like I said yesterday, at one point I thought this whole storyline was genius, and then one day it occurred to me that it made no sense whatsoever.
It was, however, very popular with guys named Dave. And their girlfriends.