…Yeah, okay, so obviously I was waiting for a long time for tenterhooks before I could finally do this strip. Years before this, I used to do Helen in Dave’s flannel as a convention sketch. This actually didn’t turn out as well as some of my sketches, which really frustrated me at the time, but looking at it now it’s not too bad.
“I am a golden god!” is a line from Almost Famous, the first movie Andrew and I saw together. That was before we started dating. The movie we saw on our first official date was Annie Hall.
Helen in the third panel came out exactly the way I wanted her to look in this week of strips. Pretend she looks this good in every panel.
Artie’s University of Illinois T-shirt is another contender for Most Ridiculously Obscure Reference in Narbonic. It’s the school where pedophilic mad scientist Dr. Shioji’s even more terrifying mad-scientist mother teaches in the Excel Saga manga. Or, as rewriter Carl Horn put it in the back-cover text for volume 13, “the most feared individual in all of EXCEL SAGA, the University of Illinois’ own Dr. Miwa Rengaya, the Courtney Love of science…and Shiouji’s mother.”
No, I don’t know exactly what “the Courtney Love of science” means, but you’d like to meet that person, right?
This reference gets extra obscurity points because the volume of Excel Saga introducing this extremely marginal piece of information had not yet been published in English. I was the editor at the time, and that was what I was working on while drawing these strips.
I love this strip and I don’t care who knows it. Those rare occasions when Dave is happy are so cute. Not to be all spoiler, but his good mood continues to annoy Artie for some time to come.
I used to be terrible at drawing phone cords. Fortunately for me, phones don’t have cords anymore. Once again, technology is my salvation.
Catching up on gossip. All together now: awww…
This is a fun week of strips. It was always very entertaining to draw these two as a couple, with the body language and all. Ah, those halcyon days.
Sometimes Helen is not a very intimidating evil genius at all.
Frankly, I’m surprised I only used this punchline once. A lot of Narbonic storylines involve characters needing to work together to be even borderline functioning.
Artie in either form is adorable when he’s exasperated and ranting.