Helen vs. Dave Barker, Round One

On one hand, I don’t like Helen getting all riled up over a little thing like her age. On the other hand, it’s almost worth it to kick off the long-standing feud between the cartoon mad scientist and the flesh-and-blood transportation engineer. Helen’s enmity toward Dave Barker would continue for the rest of the strip, eventually confusing people who don’t read the Sundays.

I wanted to go to Reed College. They didn’t offer me any financial aid, so I went with Vassar instead.

Helen’s T-shirt is one that I own. It says “Madness Takes Its Toll.” I used to wear it to The Rocky Horror Picture Show all the time. I don’t wear it anymore because a) I don’t go to The Rocky Horror Picture Show all the time, and b) it’s now tissue-paper thin and cannot be worn in public without causing incidents.

That “Thunk” in the box is pretty funny. Also, “Thunk in the Box” would be a good name for a ska band. Someone do that.

2 thoughts on “Helen vs. Dave Barker, Round One

  1. This strip is what got me reading Narbonic originally. I was at Reed at the time and a friend of mine (also a Reedie) sent me a link to this page. I also had been a trainee at the reactor, so this really made me smile.

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