All right! New storyline! The title, of course, is from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. I was kind of hoping to include more Vonnegut references in this storyline, but I never really got around to it.
This was one of the very first storylines I started writing, way back in college. It went through a lot of revisions before the final version, but the basic arc was always pretty similar. I love time-travel stories without hesitation or apology.
At the last minute, I decided to open “Unstuck in Time” with a continuation of the robot union situation set up at the end of “Doppelganger Gambit.” I thought it was enough of a dangling plot thread that I needed to address it right away. I’m still not sure whether that was the right way to go, but it does give Dave a reason to be upset and shouting in this opening strip. Like Dave ever needs a reason to be upset and shouting.
In retrospect, these strips about the lab appliances rebelling are pretty ridiculous. I’m sorry. But not very.
I still find this one pretty funny, plus it was easy to draw. So go me! I should have done more strips that were just four panels of coffeemakers.
It was harder than I expected to get Dave’s dialogue looking the way I wanted it. I guess it turned out appropriately muttery. In the background is Storage Room C, the only storage room ever mentioned at Narbonics Labs. Everything’s in there.
Yes, this is just getting silly. I can’t believe I did a week on this concept, especially since it’s all just a lead-in to the unrelated time-travel story.
I wrote this one during the previous storyline and needed to fit it in somewhere, so here it is on a Saturday. I do like Artie patting Dave on the nose in the third panel. And I like it when the characters have these weird little emotional moments.