At this point, it’s all over but the shouting. Next week we’ll be on to a new storyline, but in the meantime there’s a full week of loose ends to tie up.
By the standards of nerdy online comic strips, Narbonic doesn’t contain a lot of shout-outs to other webcomics. It says so on Wikipedia, so it must be true. (That said, the Wikipedia entry for Skin Horse contains some dubious citations. At no point have I ever said that I consider Tip’s cross-dressing “some form of elaborate self-flagellation.” I don’t even know what that means. But it kind of freaks me out.)
This week represents the longest sustained webcomic ref in Narbonic. Tailsteak’s strip 1/0, which I enjoyed very much, had recently ended with all the characters assuming human form (except for the one who became a fish) and leaving their universe for Portland, Oregon. I was concerned for them, so I drew them into the bar in this week of strips. I was taken with the idea that other webcomics could adopt the 1/0 characters to ensure their continued existence, but I don’t think it caught on. It’s not too late! Draw the 1/0 characters into your webcomic, now!
The presence of the 1/0 characters is not to be taken as evidence that Narbonic takes place in Portland, Oregon. Narbonic seems vaguely Midwestern, except when it’s not.
Dave’s question in this strip comes up repeatedly throughout Narbonic and is never answered to anyone’s satisfaction.
First panel: “I’m Petitus, and I look like a freaking Backstreet Boy.” Good old 1/0.
I was always happy with the way Mell turned out in the third panel. Just so you know.
Ear update: I’m still drawing the characters’ ears too big, but not as distractingly big as they used to be.
The 1/0 characters are playing darts in the first panel. That’s excellent. I have no idea where Mell’s line in the first panel came from, except that it was probably inspired by a bit on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” where one character’s plan for high living after the apocalypse includes “doing doughnuts in the Taj Mahal.”
You know what’s really easy to draw? Two talking heads in profile. That’s why all those other webcomic jerks do it.
Man, the plot sounds almost coherent laid out like that.
It’s really embarrassing that I can’t draw those man/woman restroom symbols, but here we are.
I really like this strip. It manages to encapsulate the characters’ twisted worldview in a simple, tidy way I seldom manage elsewhere. The more comics I draw, the more I appreciate simplicity. It’s not something that comes naturally to me.
Dave goes through a lot of cars.
Once again, I gave up trying to draw Dave’s crushed car and figured I could just futz with it on Photoshop and create something good. This was very wrong and hurt countless innocent people. I’m sorry. Let this be a lesson to us all: never assume the Saran Wrap filter on Photoshop will save you. It won’t.
As mentioned previously, the Madblood robots are, like Dana, Zeta, and the hamsters, characters who became regulars because I didn’t have the heart to abandon them or kill them off after they’d served their original purpose. Their makeshift union becomes a plot point down the line, in “Mad Science Is Decadent and Depraved,” which is kind of a crossover for all the characters I didn’t necessarily want in Narbonic in the first place. It ends up being a pretty good storyline, believe it or not.
Wait, is this the last appearance of Foxy Cop? I can’t remember if I ever used her again.