The art in this strip still looks pretty good, especially the first panel. Normally, in a scene like this, you want the character to run from left to right, the same direction the reader’s eye moves, but I had Dave running from right to left to slow down the eye and give the impression that he’s not running very fast.
This strip contains many devices of unknown origin and purpose.
In the second panel, Madblood says, “Free me!” In the third panel, he says, “Drat.”
Anyway, it’s nice of the computer to unlock Madblood’s cell for him. This comes up from time to time in their relationship, but I don’t think she dislikes him as much as she lets on. Then again, she’s mostly doing it because Dave asked her to.
Yes, this strip is important as the first time Dave uses the L word about Helen, but all I can think about is that I drew his head WAY too small in the third panel. Man, that’s annoying. You have to understand, it looked great in the thumbnail.
So, yeah. Dave’s in love. But his head’s freakishly small. Such is life.
I just had Mell use “ruddy” in the Victorian serial on Sunday. I was really on a kick with that word. Okay, whatever.
That first panel is pretty boss.
Helen’s line in the last panel is a very oblique reference to Do Peterson’s musical dissertation, in which he sings about the recurrence risk ratio for genetic disease in sibling pairs. Yes, I misspelled “recurrence.”
Dave’s line in the third panel is yet another candidate for the coveted Most Obscure Reference in Narbonic title. It’s a veiled reference to John M. Ford’s “Star Trek” novel How Much for Just the Planet?, in which a starship’s escape pod gets filled with milkshake. I’m sorry, that was way too obscure.
I really like the way the last panel came out. Apparently an exploding moonbase goes “poom.”
At the time, I hadn’t decided on a location for Madblood’s next lair. I really wanted to do a storyline set in an underwater base, but I never got around to it, although I did have Madblood tool around in a little submarine for a while. Anyway, Madblood does end up following through on one of these ideas.
And that’s it for the moon. Goodnight, moon.