This strip was based directly on something Derek Kirk Kim said about Dave once. I found it very touching. Anyway, Dave is finally starting to admit that he’s awesome, which is a major leap forward in his personal development. The time-travel arc had a pretty big impact on him.
See, Dave is thinking. Eventually it’ll be his downfall, but right now it shows Character Development.
I don’t know what he’s talking about with the smoking, though. Dave never smoked.
I wrote this one really early. It’s still good. Dave’s gesture at the end makes it.
Artie is sitting on a volume of The New Journal of Malology.
By this point I was getting better at drawing Dave’s shoulder sprites. They’re looking pretty darn cute here, especially his increasingly-ignored good side. I of course seized on any opportunity to draw these guys.
The joke is an old, old one, but you’ve gotta respect the classics.
Dave’s rational side is a little Borg. Holy geez that is adorable. Common Sense appeared in some of the early strips, but at this point he hasn’t appeared in a long time.
Narbonic probably would’ve been a lot more popular if I’d given up on the plot and characters and just drawn these sprites all the time.
This is one that looked great in the thumbnail and less satisfying in the final. It was hard to fit all the sprites into one panel. Nonetheless, it’s all worth it for the dialogue between Good Helen and Evil Helen in the third panel. As usual, there’s very little difference between them.