I like the ur-gerbil popping out of the giant burrow in the middle panel. On an unrelated note, sometimes I drew Helen’s boobs really big in this outfit.
When I read desert-island stories, I always want the characters to stay on the island at the end. Even if it’s like Lord of the Flies or Island of Doctor Moreau or something. Yeah, there are bands of roving killer mutants, but think of the white-sand beaches! So I had my characters decide to stay on their island. Like Helen says, it’s a major upgrade from a real estate standpoint.
I like Helen standing on the beach in the first panel, and the weird abstracted sun. Given my artistic limitations at the time, I ended up drawing some halfway decent tropical scenery for this storyline.
Yes, this strip is very silly. In reality, Dave would also demand Internet access. I do like the generic symbol for “cigarettes” stamped on the side of the crate. Also that tree shaped like a giant pineapple.
Oh, Helen. You know being stranded on a desert island with Dave is AWESOME.
This was one of the first strips I wrote for this storyline, and I still like it pretty well. I put a lot of effort into drawing the first panel. Check out that sweet palm tree!
Artie’s fears are, as it turns out, well founded. This was another one of the early strips I wrote for this storyline, and this sequence is pretty much built around it. It’s nice when Dave comes out ahead once in a while, or at least convinces himself that he has.
This is also, I think, the only time I ever drew Artie’s eyes as they appear in the third panel. I drew him like that in the thumbnail and liked it so much that I drew him the same way in the final.
I never seriously considered ending the strip here or anything. I just thought it would be fun to give the characters a happy ending midway through the story. And I did think this was the midpoint; I originally imagined that Narbonic would run for five years, tops. It ended up running for six and a half.
To make this a proper “final” strip, I tried to do a nice job on the art. Again, my abilities at this point were limited, but at least I drew in a lot of flowers and stuff.
Helen and Dave make, if I do say so myself, a really cute couple in this strip. Nonetheless, surely it has occurred to Dave that the killings and mutations will resume the moment Helen gets a proper lab set up on the island.