This is the kind of material in this storyline I dislike: everything relating to the plot. Anyway, the Malebrache come from Dante’s Inferno. They punish swindlers by dunking them in pitch. In Caliban’s version of Hell, they’re apparently kind of like repo men.
The Helen-demon’s costume came out especially well in the second panel. Capes are great.
I used “____ owes me a dollar” a couple of times. I’m sorry. I do like Seth’s line in the last panel. Poor Seth. It’s only going to get worse for him from here on out.
That really is a pretty disturbing image. That might be the freakiest thing I ever drew in Narbonic. It came out just the way I wanted it to.
I wrote a lot of this storyline as I went along, and I don’t think I originally intended to sacrifice Seth to demons. In retrospect, though, it was inevitable. He’s so obviously expendable.
SPOILERS: I don’t remember when I decided to bring Seth back as a totally badass (but still dorky) axe-weilding demon slayer. Probably right away. I do love angry little nerdy guys.
I think this is the only time we see the inside of Storage Room C, the only storage room that ever gets used at Narbonics Labs. This is a pretty well-drawn strip, now that I look at it, especially Helen’s pose in the first panel and all the weird gizmos in the storage room. (Label on the box in the last panel: “Hamster Parts.”) Still, the best part about this strip is easily that Caliban is still eating the sandwich he ran off with two weeks ago.
The best part of this strip is obviously the first panel. Also, what’s with the little round Seussian window or light fixture or whatever it is? How come I never drew a thing like that again?
The only really good part of this strip is that Dave, based on personal experience, thinks that life does typically involve lots of painful blackouts.
Wait, no. It’s also good that Dave has the short-sleeves-and-tie thing going on, because I think it’s cute.