For this week of strips, I put out an open call for pictures of Daves. Unfortunately, since I’m very bad at drawing individual faces, most of the Daves are probably unrecognizable, except for the one in the Transformers T-shirt, who is definitely Dave Van Domelen.
The “Impeach Nixon” button on Dave’s backpack is a vintage button I had on my backpack for a long time.
Obviously, the best idea in this entire storyline, and possibly in all of Narbonic, is having all the conventioneers wear identical “Hi My Name Is Dave” badges.
The Rose Parlor is a room in Main Building at Vassar.
I had a weird obsession with the Knights Templar in college and wrote them into a bunch of stories. They might even show up in Smithson if I ever write more of it.
No, you don’t get to see the room with the bellydancers. Because that would require me to draw things other than guys named Dave, and that’s not the way I roll.
Dave and Helen are in Room 23, a number I picked as a nod to Illuminatus!
I really, really hate onions.
Look! It’s a crossover! All the male characters in my college strip, “The Ratio,” were named Dave, and therefore must be members of the Dave Conspiracy. Wiry-haired Dave has acquired some extra piercings since college but is otherwise the same.
This strip isn’t very funny. It really only exists so I could draw old “Ratio” characters.
The Dave with the ponytail is another “Ratio” character. He’s gay, hence the exchange in the first panel.
This storyline actually has a fairly complex plot, by my admittedly limited standards of the time. Go figure.