This was a hard week to write and draw, and it’s going to be a hard week to write about. So let me just say that I drew an excellent Spider-Man movie poster in the background. It is thematically appropriate.
This was the hardest strip in the entirety of Narbonic to write. With the characters in their current state, I could not figure out how to get from point A to B to C in the dialogue and end on some kind of punchline/beat. I’m not thrilled with the way it turned out, but I got through it, and it’s not bad, and I lived to fight another day. It probably built character.
Okay, okay, this is me making fun of Very Serious Storylines in other webcomics. Fifty points to Griffindor to the first person who can name all of them!
Although I think multiple webcomics have now done Very Serious miscarriage storylines. Writers, especially dude writers, if you can’t think of anything dramatic that could happen to a female character besides rape and/or a miscarriage, think harder. Please.
Dave also has a sweet Akira poster. It’s also thematically appropriate, in the sense of a character being a ticking time bomb who will eventually blow up and destroy Tokyo. In a manner of speaking.
As he later explains to Lovelace (OMG SPOILERS), dating Helen has forced Dave to get good at relationships fast. She is not an easy girlfriend to have.
This strip was inspired by an early Something Positive strip where the main guy tells his girlfriend that she doesn’t get to complain about his asshole behavior because she knew he was an asshole when she started dating him. Or something like that, it’s been a long time since I read it. It always bothered me, so this is my little roundabout response. If somebody says stuff like that in real life, you should probably run.
When Dave takes off his glasses, you know crap is getting real.
Helen’s sprite is saying what I was thinking. I did draw some awesome hair in this strip.
As people who have read all the way through know, Helen’s dialogue here becomes important much later on.