I wrote this one really early, back around 2000, and it made it to its final form unchanged; this strip looks almost exactly like the original thumbnail. Some ideas don’t require much tweaking, and Dave taking dating advice from his incompetent social life is one of them.
I always liked to draw Dave putting on ties and stuff. It’s cute when he’s all manly.
I probably should’ve found a way to make Helen look sexier in the third panel, but I did my best. Helen’s dress was based roughly on a dress I owned.
I always liked the way Dave came out in the first panel. He looks good with the visible eyes.
This strip may have the highest on-panel body count in Narbonic. I can’t remember where I got the idea for this, but I always find gruesome teleporter accidents hilarious.
Peanut-butter squares. Of course Helen’s idea of “party” involves peanut-butter squares.
Originally the raffle items were cat food, the cellular destabilizer, and Bac-Os. Then Jeffrey Wells pointed out that Bac-Os are vegan, so I changed the last item to yogurt, a reference to Jeff’s Very Long Fanfic. It works better this way anyhow, because now everything in the raffle is a leftover from a previous thrilling Narbonics Labs adventure.
Yes, that’s the cellular destabilizer powered by the Crystal of Marinia, over which Helen so fiercely battled Madblood in their first encounter. She lost interest in it almost immediately after winning the crystal.
A raffle. Of course Helen’s idea of “party” involves a raffle.
I always liked this one. This is one of a couple of strips suggesting that Artie deliberately avoids dealing with his own sexuality and is kind of squicked out by that entire realm of experience. He can suppress his feelings by avoiding other gerbils, since male gerbils generally get aroused only in the presence of a mate in heat. [SPOILERS] It gets a lot harder to ignore after he becomes human.
I do like Helen’s little Valentine outfit. Actually, I like everybody’s outfits in this storyline. Dave’s in his adorably dorky tweed suit again.
This one happened because I was watching a lot of “Cheers” reruns. Artie is probably being unnecessarily negative about Dave’s romantic prospects, but that’s as much about Artie’s personal hangups as Dave’s attractiveness. Artie is kind of weirded out by the concept of Helen and Dave dating.