Once, when my mother was visiting me out here in California, we spotted the actress who plays Felicia at a restaurant in Monterey. My mother had severely mixed feelings about it, because she hates Felicia. Hates her hates her hates her. I took a lot of agonized phone calls on the subject when Luke and Felicia hooked up.
My mother’s been a loyal “General Hospital” viewer since she was in high school, so I had to give it a nod. The other good thing in this strip is the angry yelling Helen in the first panel. Helen’s head is way too big for her body in panel 3.
I don’t know what the hell Helen is holding in the second panel, but it actually came out looking pretty cool. I like that it apparently hooks into a Ghostbusters-style power backpack with an antenna sticking out.
Otherwise, this strip is mostly just exposition to get Dr. Narbon out of the lab. She’ll be back by the end of the week, natch. I like that she’s still gripping her glass of pink wine as she stands on the vaguely-defined lawn area surrounding the Narbonics Labs elevator.
Heck, I still like this one. It sums up pretty much everything you need to know about Dr. Narbon. And I like that “killing at random” ranks high on the list of problems Helen has with her mother. I’ve been there.
I know I keep harping on this, but I need to draw some backgrounds pronto. Helen’s just wandering around in a white void, encountering the occasional sofa or death ray.
I don’t think Mell breaks the fourth wall as often as the other characters, and when she does it’s usually to confirm that everyone loves her and thinks she’s cute. At least she’s got a healthy ego.
And of course she didn’t get killed by Dr. Narbon. Nothing really bad ever happens to Mell, because it’s funnier that way. Much, much later she gets assumed into Heaven, which really isn’t the same thing at all.
Defibrillators: a comedy staple for some reason. Also, Helen’s got something tied to her head in the first panel that disappears in the next panels. Go figure.
Mell’s line in the first panel suggests that her callous attitude in the previous strips was partly due to being in denial that Dave was really dead. It’d be nice to believe that of her. Anyway, given the frequency with which the main cast of Narbonic survives fatal situations and/or returns from the dead none the worse for wear, Mell’s skepticism here is well-founded. It’s like “General Hospital” over there.
Some halfway decent figure doodling here. I tried to give the characters different body types, because I hate it when characters in a comic all look the same except for their hairdos, and you can see the difference between Helen and Mell pretty clearly here.
P.S. Still looking at Dave’s butt.
This strip actually looks pretty good! There’s a vague attempt at a background, I did an okay one-quarter view of Helen in the second panel (although I still haven’t figured out how her hair works), and her pose and expression in the third panel are just about perfect. It’s still really crude, of course, but it’s not totally hideous, so I’m clearly making progress. Which is good, since I’d been drawing the strip for almost a year at this point.