This is another of the last strips written for this storyline, just to keep the plot making sense, but it fits in pretty nicely. I have no idea how large Narbonics Labs is or how it’s organized, but this week of strips mentioned a Blue Sector, so I decided to use Green Sector here. The yeast vats are a reference to Jeffrey Wells’s Very Long Fanfic, which has a lot of yogurt in it.
I dodged the question of how Dave 2.0 eventually managed to get by with no car and no apartment. I kind of like the idea that Helen and Mell just kept him stuck at the lab indefinitely.
This strip was inspired by a traumatic incident from my youth, which I have chosen to adapt into comic form:
The Orgone Supercollider is a reference to the great psychiatrist and crackpot Wilhelm Reich’s belief in a substance called orgone that suffuses all living things. Since Reich believed that orgone was, among other things, the source of sexual energy and orgasm, it seemed like the stuff to have around when Helen and Dave were, you know, doing it.
At the first Narbonicon we went to a presentation from the curator of the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, and Andrew got to wear an orgone-collecting hat.
Cartoonist William Steig was a believer in orgone and had his own orgone cabinet. So if you’ve ever enjoyed a “Shrek” movie, thank orgone.
I was taken with the idea that Rebooted Dave doesn’t like Man-Artie. That’s a weird sentence now that I look at it.
My habit of drawing characters with their tongues sticking out when they laugh is taken directly from For Better or for Worse. Thank you, Lynn Johnston.
I spent some time on Dave’s description of Artie. “Annoying good looks” always makes me crack a smile.