And a new storyline begins, more or less. This is one of those storylines that wanders in after the previous one with a broom and cleans up its mess. Obviously the events of “Battle for the Lost Diamond Mines of Brazil” left some major loose ends.
When this strip first ran, some people thought the black lines around Artie’s rear end were a tail or something. They’re supposed to be the remnants of the cage Artie presumably sleeps in. I probably should have devoted more thought to the question of where Artie lives in the lab. Oh well. The important thing is that Man-Artie does not have a tail.
Dave is still wearing his “Here Comes the Hulk/There Goes the Hulk” T-shirt to bed.
Oh, come on, this is one of the best ones. I spent a lot of time on the backgrounds and stuff, at least by my standards. Dave’s apartment is, as usual, just my apartment. I recognize my Hitchhiker’s omnibus and I, Robot on his bookshelf, along with Andrew’s Lego AT-ST. The poster on the wall is for the Harvey Pekar movie American Splendor.
Dave is still wearing the chili-pepper boxer shorts from the very first story arc. I mean, I assume he washed them and stuff.
Dave’s “Here Comes the Hulk” T-shirt, in this context, is kind of the nerd equivalent of Jack Nicholson’s TRIUMPH shirt in Five Easy Pieces.
In my earliest days of dating Andrew, I sometimes spent the night at his place and had to go to work the next day in borrowed clothes. Andrew’s Star Wars T-shirt got compliments from my coworkers.
“Cushlamochree” is the signature exclamation of Mr. O’Malley the fairy godfather in Crockett Johnson’s comic strip Barnaby. Back in the grand old days of Websnark, I correctly predicted that Eric Burns would comment on this strip, because I know Eric can’t resist a Barnaby reference. It would be like me failing to flip out when someone mentioned The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
I used to make Andrew draw the logos on coffee mugs and such when I couldn’t think of anything. I don’t remember why he drew the Olympic rings on Helen’s mug here.
I wrote this strip early and couldn’t bring myself to cut any of my brilliant dialogue. Sorry for the eyestrain. “Fooled you again, brain!” is one of my favorite lines in Narbonic and the one most relevant to my daily life.
And here we have another strip for which I made Andrew draw the logos on the coffee mugs. This one appears to be a Weezer logo.
The cereal box reads “L-Man Pops.” I’m still doing the Chris Ellmann thing! Good for me!
Yes, Helen is wearing just a T-shirt and socks (with little hearts on them). It’s been a lovely night and morning.
Artie’s disgusted expression in the final panel came out even better than I’d hoped. I’m sorry about the sexual harassment, Artie.
As I mentioned once long ago, I used to have to deal with OSHA a lot when I worked in HR, so it kind of became my go-to acronym for punchlines involving office issues. The interesting implication here is that Artie has already been calling OSHA on a regular basis to report Helen. As well he should.
The hiccup transformation is my tribute to Cindy Lou and the Witch’s Dog, the first comic book I ever read, by the great cartoonist Jack Kent. I wrote about it for my old Comics Journal column here. I wanted to do this from very early in Narbonic.
Sadly enough, the chair was the hardest thing to draw in this strip. I’m not great at drawing furniture. But it came out looking like a chair, so no harm done.