This is the first and, if I remember correctly, only time Madblood confirms that he created Foot. This is the kind of thing that’s important to me and possibly no one else. Also, note that Madblood is a pretty major mad scientist. He’s not always out making a fool of himself in front of Helen and her staff.
Artie’s communication rig is totally boss.
Frankly, this strip is pretty great, but it’s especially great for Madblood’s faces. Look at his little pout! Ha!
And yes, by this point in the strip almost everyone has gotten fed up with Helen.
I felt bad about making Madblood more or less the buttmonkey of this storyline (and, arguably, the entirety of Narbonic), so I resolved to give him at least one strip to be cool in. And here it is. I worked hard on his little speech. He even takes off his glasses so you know it’s serious.
Of course, Madblood’s one cool moment has serious consequences re: Dave’s mental stability, but that’s a problem for a later strip.
I wrote this one early. I had to cut a fair amount of dialogue in the final strip; I had lots of clever ideas for things Dave’s new sprite could say.
The sprite has deely-bopper antennae! That is so correct.
And this one was written very late in the game. I like the way it turned out, especially Lovelace’s irritation with Dave’s persistent feelings for Helen. That’s always a frustrating situation, even without all the evil.
In the original thumbnail, I put the phrase “when that fool laughs at me” in my curlicued “madness” font. I didn’t have room to do it in the final strip, plus I decided it would be better to make the line more subtle. Did I choose wisely…or poorly? YOU DECIDE.
Okay, this is it. The strip where I was extra-special clever and amazing, and all I had to do to pull it off was draw Dave with frosted-over glasses for six damn years. So worth it.
As long as I’m feeling cocky, I feel I should point out that the backwards text in the third panel forces you to read more slowly, drawing out the reveal and also delaying the revelation of Dave’s eyes. ALL INTENTIONAL. BECAUSE I AM GREAT.
I could’ve done a better job on Lovelace’s hands, though. Oh well. Still worth it.