I think this was the first strip I wrote after I came up with the Clone Dave concept. Because really, this would be awkward.
This strip happened because at one point I’d written a “Battlestar Galactica” joke into a Narbonic strip, and by the time I got around to actually drawing it, the joke was ruined by the existence of the new “Battlestar Galactica” show. Thanks a lot, “Battlestar Galactica.”
“I’m on it, bonnet” was something Vera Brosgol said to me once that I thought was awesome.
Judging from Mell’s expression in the first panel, she’s just come in from Monday’s strip.
This is just a move-the-plot-along sort of strip, but I like the giant electrical coils in the background. I wish I knew what this room was for.
I wrote this one super early on. I was sitting on it for a couple of years at least. Dave’s expressions are supposed to mirror the Kubler-Ross stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. That said, I like his expression in the last panel best. He’s either upset about missing his passionate affair, or annoyed that Helen would even try to convince him that such a thing happened.
More importantly, Helen still has her “Hang In There, Baby!” gerbil poster and the three-eyed smiley mug.
The Narbonic universe operates with what the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books called the Somebody Else’s Problem Field and TV Tropes calls the Weirdness Censor. To be honest, though, I think this is basically the way people operate in real life.
When this strip first ran, some people complained that “American Idol” didn’t even exist in 2000, so Clone Dave shouldn’t have any memory of it. These people clearly didn’t understand how powerful the SEP field can be.
This is another strip I wrote really early on. Also, the Ripped-Shirt Riker action figure is awesome and I totally owned one in high school. He and Data went on many adventures.
I hope that Clone Dave giving away his Yak-Face is significantly moving. I always found it very sad.