Yes! By all means let us find a plot machination that allows me to draw the gender-swapped versions of both Helen and Dave!
I like the arm hair on Helen. I always dig drawing arm hair.
Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, had died recently at the time I drew this. Dave Gorman wrote an awesome book called Are You Dave Gorman? in which he tracked down other people with his name. This is the sort of thing English people do to amuse themselves and be more entertaining than Americans.
Gosh, the Dave Patrol. How can you not dig the Dave Patrol?
That’s got to be my friend Drave in the foreground of the second panel. I’m not sure if he should be allowed in the convention, since he doesn’t call himself Dave. Usually they’re pretty strict about that.
Okay, yes, this one’s just silly. The hamster on the treat package is a character from the anime Hamtaro. I believe we gave her the name Bijou.
Artie’s single throwaway line in the last panel inspired one Jeffrey Channing Wells to write a Narbonic fanfic of epic proportions, which I serialized on Sundays until the end of the strip. This in turn led to a long and delightful correspondence with Jeffrey, which ultimately resulted in the two of us collaborating on another daily webcomic. So this ended up being one of the most important Narbonic strips I drew. Go figure.
This is pretty dumb, especially since I’m pretty sure “Baywatch” had already been cancelled by the time this ran, but the Dave silhouettes do kind of crack me up.
Check out the 3.5″ diskette in panel two! (The one in panel one looks larger, but maybe it’s just my inconsistent artwork.) People really did use such primitive artifacts in 2002. I still have a stack from college with documents I can no longer access, including the original outlines for Smithson. Ah well.
The Powers That Be was the official title for the council members of the Nonhuman Students Organization, my college sci-fi club. As mentioned in previous notes, I was First Minister of the NSO in senior year. Dave Barker was the first First Minister, so he was one of the Powers That Be in real life as well as in Narbonic.
The current “Sesame Street” just has way too much Elmo.