Dave having taken five years to get through Vassar goes back to my pre-Narbonic college strip, The Ratio. It comes up a couple of times in Narbonic. I don’t appreciate Artie sassing my alma mater, though.
This is probably the most overt slash joke in Narbonic. Which is funny, because that’s like 60% of Skin Horse.
There were blogs in 2000, barely, but I didn’t think 2000s-era Dave would be very interested in that part of the Internet. He’s not much of a social-media guy.
It’s too bad Dave doesn’t have visible eyes most of the time, because you have to picture him giving Artie serious eyeroll here.
In the first panel there’s a hand holding up an eyeball inside a porthole. That’s pretty good. Also, Mell’s carting around boxes of body parts for some reason.
It really bothers Artie when someone doesn’t like him. He’s used to being cute and fuzzy and lovable, and now he’s just some useless prettyboy.
“Foob” is another fictional slang word from For Better or for Worse. This strip is more heavily influenced by For Better or for Worse than most people realize.
I don’t know what the pattern on the wall behind Mell indicates, but it sure does make the strip look snazzy.
This version of Dave finds Helen much too scary to be attractive. The question is whether this makes him more or less sane than Original Flavor Dave.
You want to space out your “Dave never smoked” jokes. Let them unveil themselves at leisure, like beautiful flowers. Only then will their true beauty reveal itself.