I really wanted a robot battle anthem in this storyline, but I’m not very good at writing amusing lyrics, so I decided to hold a contest and have the readers do it for me. This had the added benefit of allowing me to fill the Sundays with weeks and weeks and WEEKS of runner-up lyrics. Bite me, I was always running out of stuff to run on Sundays.
The borders and illustrations are all from an online archive of 19th-century songsheets.
Rob McCarthy is a friend and Viz coworker. Much later in Narbonic, he costars with my husband in the Sunday feature “Continuity Repairs with Rob and Andy.”
Willow didn’t specify a tune for this song, but I have a suspicion it should be “Where There’s a Whip (There’s a Way)” from Ralph Bakshi’s amusingly shoddy animated Lord of the Rings movie. Oh, Mr. Frodo!
Dana is one of my college friends and senior-year housemates, not to mention the namesake of the strip’s second most prominent superintelligent gerbil. It was so like him to pick “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.”
Buddha Buck gets major points in my mind for combining the Battle Anthem Contest with the annual Narbonic Haiku-Off. This way, he only has to write one entry! I should be so smart.
On second thought, this is even better.