Artie has a thing for Latino men. I fully support his preference, although I have to admit it’s at least partly influenced by the Judy Blume novel Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, in which 10-year-old Sally learns from a friend about the special sexual magnetism of “Latin lovers” and later identifies the key attributes of same (dark hair and eyes, smoldering good looks, etc.) in a boy named Peter Hornstein. Now that I think about it, my entire love life can be explained by the influence of that book, including my marriage to a Sicilian and my recurring erotic dreams about the “Sabotage”-era Beastie Boys.
I have to go now.
I never liked the last panel of this one very much, but sometimes you’ve just gotta end a strip. Also, at this point I was getting a tiny bit tired of drawing hamsters.
Anyway, yeah, the hamsters are total Libertarians.
Artie remembers plot points from previous storylines! Good work, Artie!
A lot of the poses and expressions are over the top in strips from this period, but in retrospect it’s all cool. Beats talking heads.
This is a hoary old punchline and I’m shocked that I only used it once. I did only use it once, didn’t I?
Artie’s sad little expression came out surprisingly well.
I like the last line because, you know, the strip’s in black and white.
So…SPOILERS…the hamsters’ plan is to steal Madblood’s forcefield technology, which they need to protect themselves from their own doomsday device. Presumably they learned about the forcefield from those Madblood androids they kidnapped and dismantled. Poor androids.
I’ve said this before, but you can tell which strips I wasn’t happy with because I worked extra hard on the art. I was upset that this particular strip didn’t really have a punchline, but this juncture was a little too serious for a gag. So I drew an awesome flying island instead.