It’s true. He did.
Mell’s really mean to Dave sometimes. Poor guy.
The hardest part of this strip was drawing a zoo. As you can see, I ultimately gave up and just had Helen hold a balloon with ZOO printed on it in big letters. Drawing is hard.
In the first panel, you can see a couple of Dave’s Battle Beasts (the deer and the cat) and a flier for the Valentine’s Day party. This strip is brimming with Narbonic nostalgia.
This is one of my absolute favorite Narbonic strips, especially the line, “Blood would pour from every orifice.” If only I could write lines like that every time. Helen’s hat is also sort of charmingly dorky.
This strip is good, but Helen’s face is out of whack in the third panel, and her face is the entire focus of the strip so I couldn’t afford to screw it up, but I did, and now I can’t stop staring at it. This is the kind of thing that probably only bothers me. At least Dave and Helen look good in the first and last panels. Dave clearly has no chance in this relationship.
Obviously I’m a big fan of breaking the fourth wall, at least in Narbonic (not so much in Skin Horse), and this is some first-class fourth-wall breakage, if I do say so myself. Yelling at the readers is always a classy move. Ha ha! Readers!
I also think this is one of the more touching strips, but what the heck, maybe it’s just me.
I wrote this strip early. Really, really early. Like, in the first year or so of Narbonic. I waited years and years to draw it, and it did not disappoint.
Dave had not been in many relationships before Helen, but each one was weird in its own way. The previous one was Lovelace, for instance.