I did some boss artwork in this week of strips. For a long time, whenever I made promotional materials, or needed to submit sample Narbonic art for a magazine or something, I’d use these strips. I can’t remember why I put so much extra effort into drawing this particular week. Maybe I had some free time, or maybe I was trying to put off drawing the week after this.
What I’m trying to say is, that crazy thing Artie is working on is pretty boss. I think it was based on various pieces of equipment from the Life Science Library book on machinery I used to use for visual reference.
Artie in a lab coat is always great. Artie in a lab coat and goggles doubly so.
Check out the overhead shot! Again, why did I put so much effort into this week in particular? It looks awesome!
Also, I like the whole conversation in this strip. Dave’s take on his relationship with Helen is always fascinating, and I like it when he and Artie are bros.
I think it needs to be acknowledged that, by this point in the strip, Dave is pretty badass. He’s come so far…
Also, Mell’s battle-ax is pretty cool.
There’s the three-eyed smiley mug in the first panel. Nice to see it’s survived this long.
I guess I could have done this gag at any time after Artie got his human form, but what the hell, it’s pretty great here. I’m very fond of this strip, especially Mell in the second panel. Drawing shirt collars is hard.
I used this strip for promotional postcards for a long time. Because it’s awesome.
The weird shadowy gears of Mister Stabby in the first panel came out a lot better than I expected. And Dave has a pretty great welding mask. I should’ve drawn more welding masks in Narbonic. That goes on my list of regrets:
– More welding masks
– Make eyebrows less weird
– Also ears
– Don’t really need all those demon stories
– Backgrounds? Yes!
– Should have done hilarious spinoff about Seth and Caliban sharing an apartment
– Next time, maybe hamsters
Did you notice how I gradually zoomed in to make Artie the focal point of the strip? Because that is Very Artistic. Or as artistic as I get, anyway.
Dave has no idea how much Artie’s well-intentioned meddling is about to screw up his love life.