Dave is already taking his tie off. He’s not into dressing up.
Strips like this one are basically all about the facial expressions. Helen’s expressions are pretty good here, but Dave’s eyebrows in the last panel are the best. Also note that I was already bored with drawing hotel hallways. The rest of the week is set at a hotel bar, which was slightly more interesting to draw.
Aw, Titus is great. Why is the whole strip not about Titus? Somebody do a spinoff strip about the adventures of Titus, and send me and Jonathan Towne all the money.
Dave has now managed to undo his tie and discard his jacket. He must really be sick of dressing up for this strip.
Drawing the bar was actually pretty fun. You can tell because I didn’t gradually give up on drawing backgrounds over the course of the week. So, yeah, good work on that, me.
Titus constantly looks at least mildly freaked out, which is appropriate for Titus. He does not have an easy life.
Like Jonathan Richman says, true love is not nice. And are there any problems of the heart that can’t be answered by Jonathan Richman songs?
I kind of suspect I just did this week of strips because I enjoyed drawing Titus so much. He’s just so irritated all the time! Also, where the hell did he get that forehead scar?
If Dave has Titus around all the time to commiserate with him, he could probably avoid a lot of misfortune. That’s why Titus has to vanish after this storyline.
Tom Hart quoted Dave’s last line in his introduction to Narbonic Volume 5: “But the correct answer to Dave’s question is NO! Of course not.” And yet the characters must soldier on.
Originally I didn’t think Titus had actually had a relationship with a mad scientist, but something about the way his face came out in the third panel made me change my mind. Maybe this advice is based on personal experience. I kind of like the idea that Titus is rather popular with the mad-science ladies.