When I first drew this, I was dissatisfied with the way Dave came out in the third panel, but now I think it looks okay. Maybe my standards are lower. Also, drawing the back of Dave’s head is hard. Dave has a weird head.
Dave took off his flannel at the beginning of the previous week; you can see it under his arm in the first panel. He continues to keep it off [SPOILERS] for most of his relationship with Helen, after which point he puts it back on. Maybe that’s why Mell notices his T-shirt in this strip.
Artie’s face came out all wrong in the last panel. It’s too bad, because he’s good in the third panel, especially the one little stress curl poinging up from his head. Sigh.
Some of these strips are embarrassingly autobiographical.
I originally wrote a bunch more cutesy dialogue for Helen, but I didn’t have room for all of it. But I got in the Cole Porter bit, so I guess it’s okay.
This is one of those strips that I could’ve used anywhere, but it fits pretty nicely into this week.
I had the idea that Helen designed Artie’s human form at the height of her sexual frustration (i.e., immediately before successfully getting it on with Dave), which could explain why he looks like that. It is kind of surprising that Helen has that much imagination when it comes to hunky dudes. You’d think she would’ve just made him look like Dave.
Even though it’s too wordy, I love this strip. I always liked having Mell and Caliban throw together a relationship without any fuss while Helen and Dave are off doing their angst dance in the foreground. And Mell’s right: the space-time continuum did shift at least once or twice before Dave got laid.