Not the most romantic first kiss, I suppose. It’s probably just as well.
I always had so much trouble drawing the top of Dave’s head. His hair doesn’t really work from all angles.
Come on, that is a totally touching story. Even though it’s ripped off from the segment with the lovestruck squirrels in The Sword and the Stone. Did anyone else end up watching that a lot in grade school? I think the school had a vague idea that it was educational because it had King Arthur in it, not realizing that it only succeeded in inspiring generations of future furries.
The poster in the last panel reads “Tumblebum Cat-Cat: The Movie,” which is a family in-joke. Tumblebum Cat-Cat is what my cousin Killian wanted to name her little brother when he was born. She was four at the time. This is why you should not offer to let kids name the baby. It worked okay in the Anastasia Krupnik books, but in the real world it’s playing with fire.
Helen still looks pretty cute in that outfit.
Ah, I’m so bleak about my own gender. I’d probably be less harsh on the myriad joys of womanhood if I were writing this today.
Helen’s last line is not meant as any kind of comment on gender-based navigational ability, but simply to establish that she stole Dave’s car to meet him at the movie theater. This is the kind of thing I worry about.
The numbers 3 and 6 appear a lot in Narbonic, for no other reason than that they’re my favorite numbers and I’m sort of vaguely superstitious about them. Anyway, that’s why the movie theater is Movies 33.
Mell wasn’t the only one waiting the entire storyline to make this joke. I obviously wrote this strip early on and and built the entire plot around it. Sad, really.
In the first panel you can see a can of Snappy Cola, a reference to the comic Duncan’s Kingdom, written by my friends Gene Yang and Derek Kirk Kim. Yang was later nominated for a National Book Award for American Born Chinese, Derek won the Eisner, the Harvey and the Ignatz in a single year for Same Difference, and I’m…still drawing online comic strips. I really need to rethink my five-year plan.
Anyway, I probably should’ve drawn one of the cans of Narbonicola from the Aaron Neathery guest storyline.
This really, really isn’t legible at all, but Dave’s pen cup in the second panel bears the name of the Kirby Grips, a band I was fond of.
I don’t have much to say about this strip except that I still really like it. It has the feel of a conversation rather than a staged setup-punchline, which is nice. And Dave’s mixed feelings about the event are amusing.
That’s not Artie in the first panel, just a random unfortunate gerbil.
I just wish this comic gave Dave more opportunities to say, “I’m still all man, baby.”
And thus ends “Gender Swap,” the first Narbonic storyline that was not too bad all the way through. Next up: a considerably weirder chapter.