This was one of the last strips I wrote for this storyline. You can always tell a plot-advancing strip by the walls of dialogue.
Artie may be judging Mell too harshly here. Or maybe not. It comes up again before the end of Narbonic.
The note was for Eric Burns of Websnark, who had recently expressed skepticism about “infinite canvas” webcomics. I wish I’d done more of this kind of thing in Narbonic, although it plays hell on the print collections.
I managed to get through this entire storyline without drawing the exterior of Dr. Narbon’s lair. Good work, me!
How do they stay balanced in this position? For two strips, even?
Artie’s fear of heights, at least when he’s in human form, comes up later. At this point I was getting close to the end of the strip and didn’t have space to build up a lot of additional foreshadowing, but one little detail couldn’t hurt, right?
Seriously, that’s one heck of a balancing act.
For Dr. Narbon, this whole thing is just an opportunity to fake her own death for the zillionth time so she can get the Dave Conspiracy off her butt. As far as she’s concerned, everything’s worked out just fine.
Beyond that, I wanted to do a classic Falling Villain Death. The trope particularly befits a mad scientist, as it so neatly symbolizes a hubristic fall. There will be another one before the end of Narbonic. [BIG SPOILERS: The Narbonic universe being generally friendly to mad scientists, neither one actually ends in death.]
Well, that was good timing. I like the way the art came out in this one, even though most of the background shapes were created by just tracing my French curves. I’ve never figured out how to use French curves.
You people are going to make inappropriate jokes now, aren’t you.
I remember writing this one pretty late in the storyline. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I always enjoyed drawing Mell’s little vigilante outfit. This storyline got me accustomed to drawing her hair swept back from her forehead, which I started doing a lot more in the last year of Narbonic.
Mell drops the idea of assassinating Dave after this storyline, only to pick it up again later when Dave causes her additional problems in “Angels.”