I always thought “I am the good cop” was a pretty great line, if unusually badass for the Narbonic characters. As discussed elsewhere, I had a whole backstory for the New Journal of Malology where the editors were all cannibalistic zombies created by the editors of the previous Journal of Malology.
I really love Dave playing “good cop.”
These are strips I wrote really early on. Caliban’s eyes look funny to me now, but I used to draw eyes that way all the time. He kind of looks like a grown-up version of a Peanuts character.
Originally Caliban’s line was, “It’s hot and it hurts and stuff!” which was a line from an old commercial frequently used on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” I didn’t have room and had to cut it down to “burny.”
Yeah, this stuff is overly complicated and not all that fun. Not my favorite Narbonic strips. Drawing Caliban was always enjoyable, though.
Dave doesn’t really get how religion works. He’s kind of like my husband that way. Andrew was raised without any particular religion or interest in religion, so he’s some kind of casual enlightened secular humanist, like Star Trek people. We used to have conversations where I would try to explain who this Jesus person he kept hearing about was. I don’t think I did a very good job.
As mentioned way early in Narbonic, Dave is a very disinterested Unitarian. Originally this storyline included a sequence where it was discovered that Dave’s vague belief that God is in everything gave him the power to declare any object holy, and he could chase off demons with his flannel shirt. I can’t remember why I cut that. It was probably too similar to something in a Terry Pratchett novel.
Well, it is hard to tell.
In the third panel, Caliban, for no particular reason, quotes from “Easter, 1916” by William Butler Yeats, the poem that ran through my head over and over on September 11, 2001 and has run through my head, with growing sadness and cynicism, on each September 11 since then. I don’t know why I had Caliban speak in lines from old poems so much. It seemed appropriate to him.
This is where I acknowledge that that plot of this storyline is indeed very similar to that of the episode of “Star Trek” where Q becomes human, quite possibly my favorite single “Star Trek” episode. Remember when Whoopi Goldberg stuck a fork in John de Lancie’s hand? That was awesome.
Everything Dave says in this strip is 100% true.