Not one of the funnier strips, but sometimes I needed to advance the plot, dammit. Obviously a twin of Madblood’s would be the non-evil twin.
Even though this strip is too wordy, I still like it, partly for the gag of Dave spilling the beans at no provocation (because it’s more evil that way, natch), and partly for how ridiculous the plan sounds when Dave tries to explain it. Also, Madblood’s grin in the first panel is huge!
Around this time I started to experiment with inking the outlines of figures with a thick pen and filling in all the details with a thinner pen, a trick I picked up from copying Little Nemo artwork for the New Year’s strips. You can see it here in the first panel. I got away from doing it after a while, but lately I’ve started doing it again, in modified forms. I try to mix up the line weights in Skin Horse, and for the current Li’l Mell storyline I ink the outlines with a brush and the interiors with pens. These are all sad and desperate ways of getting around the fact that I’m terrible at inking with brushes or nibs, which would give my art the desired variation in line weight.
This may be the only mention in the strip of the color of Helen’s eyes. Much later, Maritza Campos did a guest strip and emailed me to ask the characters’ eye colors so she could get them right. I was impressed by her attention to detail. For the record, Helen’s are blue, Dave’s are hazel, Mell’s are green, and Artie’s are very, very dark brown. I don’t know about Madblood’s.
Madblood’s thing for Jennifer Connelly is awesome. Look at his smile! I have no idea how he thinks he would get Jennifer Connelly to marry him after he conquered the earth, but evil overlords never think about that.
This is one of those strips I could have done at any time. I even could have done it with another mad scientist, but it works better with Madblood than it would with Helen. Madblood gets prickly under questioning.
I did draw some pretty great flasks. I have to admit I’m very fond of all the cosmetic trappings of mad science.
And one story comes to a close.
Man, the art is all kinds of messed up in this strip. Dave is all out of proportion in the last panel, and I didn’t do Madblood’s foreshortened laughing face right at all. But it leads into one of my favorite sequences in Narbonic, so what the hell.