Okay, I think it’s super cute the way Dave and Helen talk to each other while they’re apart. Also, I like Dave in his T-shirt without the flannel. He’s adorable in this storyline. How could Helen not miss him?
That cartoony rest-stop landscape in the first panel is really nifty, and for some reason I never drew another background like it. How did I pull that one off? Maybe because the area of Ohio where I grew up looks just like this.
Artie mentions that Helen isn’t a doctor; very attentive longtime readers may recall that she went mad and dropped out of academia shortly before finishing her doctorate in biochemistry. I think I put this line in because I was irrationally annoyed by people calling her “Dr. Narbon.”
I don’t have anything to say about this strip except that Zeta has a pretty good laptop for 2004.
…and speaking of computers, Helen’s got the model of gooseneck Mac I owned for many years. I finally broke down and got a new computer this year. The old Mac’s name was Pangur Ban, P.B. for short. I’ve started calling this one Silver Streak.
Helen always has that one fuzzy deely-bopper thing in her pencil holder, like Dave has on his computer. I just like drawing those things. Do they even exist anymore? We used to get them as prizes for selling wrapping paper for the school.
The “Hang in There” poster with a gerbil appeared behind Helen’s desk in the very first Narbonic storyline and can be seen from time to time throughout the strip. It’s one of the few consistent details I bothered to draw in the lab. Her computer has a heart pattern as the desktop wallpaper, as it would have to.
How many times can I get away with using Kingdom Hearts as a punchline? Because I was thinking of using it in a Skin Horse strip, too. No, I cannot upgrade it to Epic Mickey.
I really enjoy Dave’s interactions with the Madblood robots. It’s such a weird situation, and yet Dave is totally in his element. Also, the robots clearly like him a lot.
This is the first storyline where Dave wears a lab coat. It’s entirely intentional that he’s also unusually comfortable and in control here.