Drawing chairs is, in fact, so hard that I drew one chair and pasted Artie into it for the first three panels. It came out a lot better than I thought it would, so good work, me. Also, Artie looks pretty hot here. It took me a while to figure out how to make Artie consistently hot.
Helen is too low in the third panel. This bugs me every time I look at this strip. I know I’m probably the only person who has ever noticed or cared, but it still bugs me.
On the plus side, check out that boss scanning tunneling microscope. It was always nice when I took the time to actually draw machinery and science-type equipment.
I wrote this during the previous storyline and just waited for a random opportunity to insert it somewhere. And here it is! Wasn’t it all worthwhile?
Artie is too small in the first panel. Well, he’s about the right size for a real gerbil, but small compared to the way I usually draw him.
Shut up, my technobabble is awesome.
The scenario described here occurred to me as something that might happen if somebody actually had Artie’s weird genetic problem. Of course, it would not happen to Artie, as I am a kind creator, and also I like drawing him like this.
Around this time I started drawing characters with big hands, on the logic that it was better, in cartooning, to make the hands too big than too small. This is true, but it would’ve been even better to have drawn the hands the right size.
Dave and Helen are on their way out of Holding Cell 2B, as mentioned in the previous strip. Why do they need all these holding cells, anyway? They never seem to have any prisoners. They must be for the containment of things Helen makes.
And yes, based on her last comment, Helen probably knows a thing about Artie. Not that Dave is his type.