Closing in on the end of this long, long storyline at last. I like this one, especially what with the chubby feet in the last panel. I don’t care what you say, those are some amusing feet.
All things considered, Dave is pretty cool about being surrounded by doppelgangers of himself. Dave’s surprisingly cool about a lot of things, but I’d be really freaked out by this situation.
Sometimes Artie just talks like me.
Evidentally Helen was right about Artie’s usual phenotype reasserting itself. It’s convenient how often Helen is right. Well, convenient when she’s right about the good things.
I really like that Artie’s brain bosses him around and calls him “Shorty.” I’m sorry this is the only strip I ever did exploring this concept. I always liked it on “The Simpsons” where Homer’s brain would get exasperated with him, or the great bit where Lisa’s brain plays soothing music so she can ignore the idiotic things Homer is saying.
I guess I could feel bad about lifting concepts from “The Simpsons,” but, as I’ve said before, all modern comedy is lifted from “The Simpsons.”
In other news, it was nice to get back to drawing gerbils after having to draw Artie as Dave for all those weeks.
Another basic plot-advancing strip. The second panel is one of those images that came out perfectly in the thumbnail and then I couldn’t get it right in the final drawing. Sometimes it’s hard to draw gerbil butts.
Man, Artie’s way easier to draw when he’s a gerbil. I like that the escape pod appears to have a welcome mat.
The first panel is based on a panel from Issue 1 of Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth, by Jack Kirby. There was no reason for this. I was just really into Kamandi.
Over the course of Narbonic, many people pointed out other animals that my gerbils resemble more than they do actual gerbils. “Tree kangaroo” was a popular suggestion. I think my esteemed Skin Horse collaborator Jeffrey Wells brought it up once or twice. So this strip’s for you, smartasses.