Helen and Dave are coming in to work together because they’ve been staying over at each others’ places. Assuming Helen has a place, I guess. You never see it.
The lab lost its previous coffeemaker when Dave inadvertently sent it into deep space, triggering a new policy of Not Letting Dave Go Around Unsupervised.
I didn’t leave Mell in the afterlife very long. I figured that nobody reading the strip would believe she was gone for good, so keeping her away would just generate false tension. Also, it’s surprisingly hard to keep Narbonic going without Mell. Her humor-generating ability is sorely needed.
This is, of course, based on my honeymoon in Hawaii. Which I highly recommend. That place is great.
I was making a conscious effort at this point to draw Dave in clothes other than his standard flannel shirt. Check out his logo T! Relatively stylish, Dave!
I never drew Helen’s office all that often, but I managed to keep the “Hang in There, Baby!” gerbil poster from the first week of strips. Helen must not redecorate much.
I came up with Helen’s final line at the very last minute, I think while I was actually drawing the strip. It works pretty well.
This is mostly a plot-bearing strip and I don’t have much to say about it…except that, yes, I did draw the same logo T on like every character. I was not into clothes.
I feel like this is where I officially did one too many strip where the gag is just Mell really, really wanting to shoot something. But at the same time, it was so hard not to do them. I mean, look how happy she is. Also, I needed to fill out the week, because I didn’t want to break up the conversation that fills the week after next. So Mell bouncing up with a brace of peculiar-looking guns it is.
SPOILERS: Helen is awfully confident that she knows how best to preserve Dave’s sanity. As it turns out, she’s right–almost–but Artie sounds pretty damn reasonable here. Of course Helen’s behavior is also self-serving, since the last thing she wants is to confront Dave about what she’s been doing to him.
Okay, so basically this entire week was a buildup to having Helen freak out. That said, this is one of the strips that I think looked better in the thumbnail. She was really crazy in that one.
I always liked doing the “mad” text, to the point that I sometimes made it illegible. Sorry.