Oh, Artie. You are so very corruptible. It’s not even a challenge. And I do love the Dave Patrol. Helen came out really well in that first panel. At this point, I probably could have just kept drawing the strip indefinitely with Helen in male form. Helen doesn’t seem to care much one way or the other.
They didn’t really make laptops that small in 2002, did they?
This Dave is based on the main character in Hell on Wheels, my friend Rob’s somewhat autobiographical comic, which I drew for a while. Specifically, I drew it very quickly, with a Sharpie, at my desk at Viz while Rob hung around describing his ideas for people Wolverine could fight.
It’s surprisingly easy to draw wheelchairs if you’re not hung up on, you know, drawing them very well.
The hotel art in the background is of Dave Island, which will play a major part in upcoming developments. It’s foreshadowing!
That wheelchair needs some little wheels in the front to keep it from tipping over. John Byrne always used to draw messed-up wheelchairs like this, but that’s no excuse.
I’m not sure if the painting on the wall in the first panel is anything significant, but the 23 on the door is an Illuminatus! reference. I use the numbers 3, 6, 23, and 42 a lot; there’s no deep meaning behind it.
Yes, she already has a glass of wine (from a box) and is demanding beer. Have I mentioned this character is based closely on my mother?
That is an absolutely enormous Dave in the first panel. They like ’em big and strapping in the Dave Patrol.
Careful readers may recall that Dr. Narbon’s involvement with the Dave Conspiracy was hinted at previously, specifically in this week of strips. See, it wasn’t just filler. So there. Ha!
At the time I wrote this, I drew a lot of strips while watching “Simpsons” reruns, and that tomacco episode was on all the damn time.
I still like this strip, especially Helen’s histrionic reactions. Helen’s the only one of the main cast who would play along with the narration like this. Dave wouldn’t even pretend to care.
I don’t remember who this Dave is based on. Sorry…
I always liked Helen’s tiny aside in the first panel. If this were a manga, it’d be written around the inside of the main balloon, or floating out in the panel.
I’m also pretty pleased with the overall tenor of the conversation. It’s great when I can assemble a whole group of characters who are all equally, but differently, out of touch with reality and bounce them off each other. Dave is safely off in the dungeon where he can’t infect any of these conversations with common sense.