This is, of course, based on the ending of the original “Alien,” an awesome movie. The art looks pretty good in this one, especially the first panel. It turns out I’m good at drawing the surface of the moon.
I take at as a point of pride that characters in my strips are seldom happy to be surprised by hot women with big smiles on their faces. Dave looks really frightened in that last panel.
Dave is well, well past the point in his henching career where he can eke any enjoyment out of Mell straddling him like that. He’s just annoyed by the whole situation. Lord, I love Dave.
I think I wrote this strip immediately after writing the previous one. It’s more of a conversation than a gag-punchline setup, which I like.
The art is pretty good in all the strips this week. Maybe I’d switched to a new pen or something. I notice I’d started to do a little more shading, thank goodness.
[SPOILERS] Helen knew Dave would be okay because, having recognized the Dave Conspiracy’s teleporter technology as his work from the future, she knows he’s not fated to die yet. She’s awfully cavalier about Mell and Artie, though.
Because I’m a big softie, I think Helen and Dave are really cute in this strip. Helen is not very good at making intimidating threats.
There are times when the limits of my drawing style produce amusing effects, and I think the third panel here is one of those times. Yes, that’s the best drawing of a space pod crashing into Helen’s underground lab I could manage.
I think this is the only time you get to see one of the meathooks hanging from the ceiling of the lab. The existence of meathooks was, if I remember correctly, first mentioned in Jeffrey Wells’s very long fanfic; I then worked a line about them into the bonus story in Narbonic Volume 1. I’m probably the only person excited that an! actual! meathook! appears in this strip, but trust me, I’m very pleased.
“Meathook” is a funny word.
I wrote this fairly early in the scripting for “Doppelganger Gambit.” It’d fit just fine into the ending of almost any Narbonic story arc. I still think it’s pretty funny.
Manganello’s Irish Pub. I always put some care into the characters’ drink orders. Helen has wine, Dave has Guinness, Mell appears to be still drinking pop. Nothing for Artie, although I probably just ran out of room to draw.
Dave’s line in the last panel was originally longer, and I shortened it at the last minute to, “Right. Successful.” That’s why the word balloon is so big.