I never intended to use Seth much after this storyline, but for some reason he kept reasserting himself. I just like writing angry nerds.
I really like how short Dave is. Look at her stubby little arms!
As longtime readers have probably noticed, I have a weakness for that trope where a normally untrustworthy character pops out an unexpected insight. Mell does this all the time. I’m watching “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for the first time right now (I’m a bad nerd!), and one thing I really liked was how, in the third season, the Mayor of Sunnydale is evil and insane but also basically right about a lot of things, especially things the good guys don’t want to admit to themselves. Which is not to say that I’m comparing Seth to the Mayor of Sunnydale. It’s not like Seth is going to wind up involved with the demons of Hell…oh, wait. He is. This strip got weird after a while.
I don’t remember what “White Phoenix” is a reference to (Jean Grey of the X-Men was the White Phoenix at some point, but I don’t think that’s what I was thinking of), but “Jimmy Heyday” was a movie that Seth, the high-school friend after whom this Seth is named, came up with. I should stress again that the real Seth looked nothing like this Seth, although they were kind of equally crabby.
Andrew makes another cameo, standing in front of Dave and Seth in the movie line.
This is, of course, based on an argument I had once on the Internet. And no, I have no idea how Dave gets away with smoking in a movie theater.
This really isn’t a minute and fifteen seconds’ worth of dialogue, but goodness, aren’t those word balloons big enough? This is the kind of gag I could do in any Narbonic storyline, but it works fine here.
What I really like about this strip is the tiny fish swimming in the flask in the last panel. Anyway, Helen’s right. Biology’s pretty gross. At least, that’s what people tell me whenever I turn the conversation to duck penises, which I admittedly tend to do a lot.
Helen looks awfully spooked in the last panel. Could it be he’s not interested in kissing Dave after all? Or just girl Dave? Maybe he feels things are moving too fast. Somebody should write a fanfic about this, and I swear this time it’s not going to be me.
Those mittens with the hearts are always excellent.