Arrgh…I hate those grey fills. Also, I have no idea what happened to the R in the first panel.
This Dave is based very loosely on my friend Drave, who was the first person I met in San Francisco. He was working at the Moebius-inspired arcade in the Metreon shopping center when I went into the city for my internship interview at the Cartoon Art Museum, and he took an interest in my portfolio. Now the Moebius arcade is long gone, which is too bad, because it was actually pretty boss.
Aside from that, the one good thing about this strip is Dave identifying himself as “Davenport, like the sofa.” It’s one of those lines I could use at any time, but only once.
ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST really shouldn’t be working freelance for the Dave Conspiracy. They’re a little too shady for a heroic expert on document attribution like himself. But what the heck, I wanted to do some ANTONIO SMITH stuff.
“The game’s afoot” is from Henry V:
I see you stand like greyhounds the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry “God for Harry, England, and Saint George!”
ANTONIO SMITH’s first line is from Timon of Athens. His second is from Othello, and his final line is from Love’s Labour’s Lost. I basically live to do strips like this one, not in the least because I have other, better writers to do most of the work for me.
I never figured out how to draw ANTONIO SMITH’s hat.
“We’re the Illuminati. We have everyone’s spit,” was one of the first lines I wrote for this storyline. The whole plot is pretty much built around it.
This is just stupid. There’s no reason Artie wouldn’t have backup. And no, I decline to comment on whether they were male or female gerbils. It might not even matter, as Artie has previously admitted he can’t always tell the difference.
The ponytailed Dave is sort of vaguely based on my college friend Frisbee Dave. All the Daves at Vassar had nicknames to distinguish them because there were so many of them. I like that first panel, by the way. The poses are actually pretty decent by my standards at the time. I’m generally pretty good at drawing people who slouch a lot.
Man, this strip is no darn good. It doesn’t have a punchline or anything. I didn’t like it when I drew it either, but sometimes you just need to keep the plot going. I do like that Dave is so easygoing about getting thrown in a dungeon. He really is a born lackey.
Spoiler: The one big plot hole in this sequence (no, really, there’s only one big one!) is that the Conspiracy would be more likely to bring out Dr. Narbon’s saliva rather than Helen Beta’s, since they think Dave is talking about Dr. Narbon. I realized this at the time I was plotting it and went ahead with it anyway, hoping no one would pay much attention.