“What the hell?” doesn’t sound like a reference to anything, but I was specifically thinking of an episode of “Mr. Show” where Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are attacked by Adult Superstar, their daughter from the future, and Bob yells, “What the hell?” in this strangely rednecky tone. So if you’re reading this strip aloud, please try to use that voice. Thanks.
“Acid pits and alligators” was probably inspired by the issue of The Tick where Chairface Chippendale throws the Tick into a pit full of man-eating alligators and cows. They end up kind of canceling each other out, although not necessarily in the way you’d assume.
So, basically, everything in this strip is lifted from other sources, plus it’s carefully structured so I don’t have to draw anything difficult. I love this strip.
Mell does not care for complex continuity. She’s got some serious crazy eyes in that last panel.
See, sometimes Artie’s pretty smart. I wrote this one way early. Some of these old scripts are burned into my brain because I had them sitting around for so long before using them.
Look, it’s Dave’s little tweed hat. I always like it when he wears that thing.
The movie Mell is describing is Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, which, as mentioned before, was a huge influence on this storyline. Caliban is wearing a T-shirt for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who perform in the movie for absolutely no other reason than that they were friends with Wim Wenders. The completely crazy sequel has U2.
Most movie theaters haven’t sold popcorn in those striped tubs in about a thousand years, but I always draw them that way because it looks cute. I still really like the way Mell came out in that panel. Around this time I started sometimes drawing her with her hair pulled back from her forehead like this, rather than falling down over her glasses, and it generally looks pretty good that way.
So here’s Iris, the new member of the gaming group mentioned by Seth way back at the beginning of this storyline. It had always bothered me that I didn’t have any women in the gaming group, and Seth’s disappearance into the gaping maw of Hell provided a vacancy. Hence Iris. Like all the members of the gaming group except Dave and Seth, she’s based on a real person, in this case my friend Laura.
My friend Laura, on whom Iris is based, is a writer and editor for a tech magazine, and at the time I wrote this she was running a Sailor Moon RPG. Somebody in the comments yesterday said that Iris looks kind of like Tip from Skin Horse; this is, of course, mainly because I can only draw a limited variety of facial features, but Laura has commented that she and Tip had the same hairdo for a while.
Iris does eventually get to run her Sailor Moon game. ZOMG SPOILERS.
And thus ends “Demons.” It’s one of my least favorite storylines, but it does end pretty well. So there’s that. Next up: a guest week, and then we move into the beginning of the end of Narbonic. Really.