This is all pretty silly, but it’s the kind of thing I find immensely satisfying to write. Overly complicated humor: that’s what it’s all about for me.
I wrote this one a long time after the other strips in this sequence; I was probably trying to round out the week. It’s one of those strips where the dialogue gets pretty cramped, unfortunately.
Whatever Mell’s planning to do, it will clearly not end well.
Most of the strips in this week are really early scripts; I wanted to do this sequence from very early in the planning of Narbonic. I’m a sucker for relationship tension.
That is one crazy console Dave’s working at in the first panel.
Okay, maybe not everyone associates peel-and-eat shrimp with popping off heads, but when I was a kid in Texas we used to buy sacks of shrimp with the heads still on from guys selling seafood off the backs of trucks. And they were DELICIOUS.
Not only is Dave aware that he’s in a comic strip, he’s put some thought into the instructions he needs to shout to his readers. Good one, Dave.
I do like the incredulousness of, “What, with half the DNA of some man?” When you put it that way, it does seem kind of silly.
It’s pretty strange to reread strips I originally wrote ten years ago. This is the way I thought when I was in college. The Seven Sisters will do that to you.