I’m generally satisfied with any strip that ends on a line that could be in a Warner Brothers cartoon. And that’s all I have to say about this strip, except that I also like the ray thing I drew in the background of the first panel.
I debated for a long time about whether to go with “Kevlar pants” or “asbestos pants” in the last panel. Although Kevlar is best known for its tensile strength, it’s also retardant against high and low temperatures and is commonly used in firefighters’ uniforms and equipment. I was concerned about the long-term health impact of wearing asbestos pants. Clothing containing asbestos is not too dangerous when worn occasionally in emergency situations, but Helen seems like someone who would wear asbestos pants every day, if she had some, just because. In the end, I went with Kevlar because I had fond memories of doing Kevlar demonstrations during my high-school summer job at the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.
In retrospect, though, “asbestos” is a funnier word, so I probably lost some comedy points there.
Also, those gray fills in the last panel are terrible.
And the Inventors’ Hall of Fame has gone out of business.
Now I’m depressed.
Fingerprints are not determined by DNA, but are more or less random. Twins do not have identical fingerprints. But clearly the transmogrifier copies more than just genetic information. It can, for example, do beards.
Dave looks so pathetic lying there on the slab with Artie perched on his nose. And not even in his own body. Poor guy.
Because if he doesn’t dig his own grave, it’s just undeserved cruelty, that’s why. Artie later does the same thing in “Battle for the Lost Diamond Mines of Brazil.”
Andrew thinks that Dave in Madblood’s body looks like our friend Dirk Tiede. Sorry, Dirk.
Yeah, this is one of the strips where the dialogue completely crowds out the art. I didn’t have the heart to cut any of my brilliant, brilliant dialogue, but really, who would? I was very taken with the idea that distracting Mell with violence is such an important part of any Narbonics Labs plan, even Mell acknowledges it.
Artie was, of course, left alone at the lab with Mell during D-Con, resulting in off-panel destruction and hijinks chronicled at exhaustive length in Jeffrey Wells’s fanfic.
Now on to the most important element of this strip: Dave’s hair! See, with this strip, instead of scribbling in a bunch of individual strands like I’d been doing, I started drawing a hair-shaped outline and filling it in… yeah, okay, only I care about this, but this was the way I would draw his hair for the rest of Narbonic. It’s a big improvement over what I was doing before.
Well, it is pretty cool. This echoes the strip with Dave agreeing to let Madblood put his brain in a robot, and, again, suggests that Dave is more cut out for this line of work than he may first appear.
I’m still drawing Dave’s hair too light and puffy here.