Yeah, I just pasted in an extra beat panel. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
I remember readers being incredulous at the suggestion of sexual tension between Mell and Seth, but I liked the idea. Mell, as it turns out, has a thing for little crabby guys.
Artie’s fondness for Boggle is taken from Jeffrey Wells’s Very Long Fanfiction, which mentions the Artie kicking everyone’s butt at Boggle on a regular basis.
Helen and Dave have these little talks on a semi-regular basis. It happened at the end of the whole arc about Dave’s death and again, briefly, at the end of the time-travel storyline. Each time Dave gets a little more enthusiastic about embracing Helen’s evil worldview.
The characters’ winter outfits are by far their best regular outfits. I mean, look at Dave’s little cap. Seriously.
And here, finally, Helen is completely open (at least to the reader) about having a thing for Dave. This will become crucial later in this storyline.
The phrase, “Recently, there’s been evil research…” always struck me as amusing. The idea of a specifically evil/mad research community that otherwise functions exactly like the regular scientific community was one of my favorite things about Narbonic.
Wow, was yesterday’s strip the first use of the word “goinking” in Narbonic? I got that from my friend Rob McCarthy and ended up using it a lot. It just sounds so classy.
This one’s wordy, but I like it. I like all jokes about how terrifying Helen’s mom is. The Institute, whatever it is, never appears in Narbonic and I think this is the only time it’s mentioned, although Jeff Wells wrote some material about it for the Narbonic role-playing game we had going on the message boards for a while.
SPOILERS: Much later, the laughter of fools (or, at least, one specific fool, that being Professor Madblood) contributes to Dave’s own descent into madness.
DOUBLE SPOILERS: Helen carefully avoids mentioning that this is research she herself is conducting. And that the “anecdotal data” includes Dave.
We’ll see how long he goes on feeling this way.
This is the strip that actually ran on Valentine’s Day–the day of my wedding, actually. I timed it carefully to coincide with Helen and Dave’s continued romantic frustration. Do you think this kind of planning is easy? Because it is not. It is VERY HARD.
I was extremely happy with the way the art in the last panel turned out (especially Dave–it was so hard to draw his face from unusual angles) and disappointed by the crucial second panel. Getting an entire strip to look good is always hard. Almost as hard as planning.
Skinny naked legs falling from the sky are always pretty amusing, though. As is the sound effect SPLUNK!